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Jake Griffin to Make NASCAR Debut at Martinsville

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(EXCLUSIVE) When the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series rolls into Martinsville Speedway, there’s going to be a new name in the field.

16-year-old @JakeGriffin08 will be making his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut with MB Motorsports.

“Our main goal is just to make laps, and I think we’ll be pretty good, as long as I and the guys do our job,” Griffin commented. “I’m looking forward to driving MB Motorsports #63 Chevy Silverado at Martinsville and glad to have this great opportunity.”

For Griffin, the deal came together with MB Motorsports as a result of a friendship between his father Dan Griffin and Mike Milter.

“My dad and Mike Mitler were good friends when my dad was involved with a NASCAR team in 2004,” Griffin reflected. “We saw the opportunity when I turned 16 to run Martinsville and a few other races, so we called him up and talked to him on the phone. We found out what we could do to run a race, and it all worked out good.”

Currently, Griffin is only scheduled to make one NASCAR start this year. However, there is a possibility for more starts this season.

“We’re looking for more sponsorship to run some more races, but at that moment just one,” he commented. “We’d like to run Gateway, Eldora, and stuff like that.”

The Illinois native got his start at the age of the three and has continued to develop in talent from there. Racing mainly on the dirt throughout his early career, Griffin made the transition to asphalt in 2012, quickly finding success as he won six features.

In the pair of seasons since then, he has continued to reach victory lane at different tracks throughout the United States, making a name for himself. Last season, he recorded four wins, 15 top-five finishes, and 28 top-10 finishes in the 39 Late Model events he entered.

With all the success, though, he says his first late model win in front of his hometown crowd in Quincy, Illinois means the most.

“It was pretty big for us,” he commented. “We had some big sponsors there that night and the whole town was there for the races that week.”

Now going into this weekend, Griffin hopes to continue making memories, possibly one that’s even bigger.


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Ashley McCubbin

Currently the Executive Editor for Popular Speed, Ashley McCubbin also runs Short Track Musings, while handling media relations for OSCAAR. Currently living in Bradford, Ontario, she spends her weekend at the local short tracks in the area taking photos.

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