Quincy, Illinois (04/24/12) – While Mother Nature has claimed several wins at events that 13-year-old, Jake Griffin has attempted to enter over the past few weeks, he was finally able to return to action on Friday night at Missouri State Fair Speedway, and he came away with a top five finish to show for his efforts.
Instead of worrying about out-running the competition, Jake Griffin Motorsports has spent more time worrying about how to out-run Mother Nature over the past few weeks as rainouts have plagued tracks throughout the area. On Friday night, the team was able to enter an event at the historic, 1/2 mile oval at the Missouri State Fair Speedway (Sedalia, Missouri). The ULMA Late Model Series event was held in conjunction with a World of Outlaws Sprint Car event, and a large crowd was on hand for the program. Twenty-four entries registered for battle, and in heat race action the team battled an ill-handling car to a fifth place finish, which left Jake starting tenth on the grid for the main event. He would have a much better car for the feature and made a late race charge to a the fifth position, and was actually turning laps faster than the leader late in the race but just ran out of laps. Griffin crossed the finish line in the fifth position behind race winner, Chris Hawkins, Brandon Imhoff, Kevin Coyne, and Jason Russell.
On Saturday Jake went to Johnny Spaw Race Cars for the finally fitting and preparation of his Asphalt Late Model. In addition, Jake Griffin Motorsports has reached an agreement with seven-time, track champion, Timmy Plummer, to pilot a pavement Open Wheel Modified for the driver at Hawkeye Downs Speedway. Plummer will serve as the crew chief on Open Wheel Modified, while nine-time, track champion, Johnny Spaw, will be the crew chief on the Late Model. Working with these two great crew chiefs are extremely exciting opportunities for Jake and the team. They are eager for their first test, which will be held this Saturday at the facility.
Jake comments, “Mr. Spaw and Mr. Plummer have both had successful careers, and with their help I’m excited about the potential for my asphalt, racing career. I can’t thank them enough for their support and help.”
On Sunday night, the team planned to race at Quincy Raceways (Quincy, Illinois), but Mother Nature once again claimed the win.
This coming weekend, April 27th-29th, in addition to the test session on Saturday at Hawkeye Downs Speedway, the team hopes to enter Weekly Racing Series Events at Callaway Raceway (Fulton, Missouri) on Friday night and at Quincy Raceways (Quincy, Illinois) on Sunday night. For more information on the events please visit www.CallawayRaceways.com and www.QuincyRaceways.com.
Jake Griffin Racing would to like to thank all of their sponsors including Fierge Auto Parts, McPike’s Pawn Shop, Crawdad’s Classics Gourmet Hot Sauce, Triple R Machine Shop, Microtel Inns & Suites, Bob Pierce Race Cars, Johnny Spaw Race Cars Kelly’s Restaurant, Powder Coat Plus, Wilco Fast Breaks, Green Smart Builders, and Outdoor Power Inc.
For more information on Jake Griffin Racing, please visit www.JakeGriffin.net .
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