CONCORD, N.C. — Venturini Motorsports and Jake Griffin Racing will be paired for two ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards races this season.
The Quincy, Ill., native will make his debut on Aug. 21 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. Two weeks later, he’ll return to the seat at the DuQuoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds for the annual Labor Day weekend General Tire Grabber 100 tradition on Sept. 4.
“I’m excited to take this take leap in my racing career by pairing with Venturini Motorsports for the dirt races later this summer,” said Griffin. “We didn’t give it much thought when we decided that we wanted to take the next step. Venturini Motorsports’ record in the ARCA Racing Series speaks for itself and I hope I’ll able to contribute to it at Springfield and DuQuoin.”
Considering his background in dirt-track racing, the 17-year-old feels like he’ll be right at home, despite the varying difference between an ARCA car and what he’s accustomed to on a weekly basis.
“Yeah, there’s a big difference, but I’m eager to experience the dirt in a stock car,” offered Griffin. “I’ve made plenty of laps in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Eldora, but the format for ARCA is completely different, but I’ll think I’ll adjust fine. The team knows what they are doing on dirt and I’m confident with the help of my teammates we can put our cars near the front.”
Griffin has competed with at least 17 different racing sanctions with an impressive résumé that boasts many wins and several podium finishes.