The 14-year-old, who raised his game to the next level in both a modified and UMP Super Late Model last season, says he will be concentrating only on the mods in 2013 at 8000 Broadway.
“We sold the late model to a guy in Michigan,” he told me.
The kid they call “Fireball” — wonder if it’s because of that red hair?? — will be running the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour on asphalt and his UMP modified on dirt.
“We plan on being in Quincy every week unless there’s a conflict, but I think it might only (affect us) once or twice,” Griffin said.
The first thing fans will notice about his new car is more of an accent on black, rather than so much green and white. The number on the sides is in black, outlined in white, rather than the white numbering he has used in recent years. (If late model driver Dustin Griffin is the Black Car Superstar, maybe Jake can be the Black Car Superstar II.)
Griffin is hardly resting on his laurels. He wants to keep improving.
“You always have to look for stuff you can improve on,” he said. “(You try things and) sometimes they work, and sometimes they don’t.”
Griffin would like to make a run at two-time defending modified track champ Steven DeLonjay, which is no easy task.
“I think we’ll have somethin’ for him,” said Griffin, who quickly added, “but Steven is tough to beat.”
Griffin and the rest of the mods, late models, sport mods, stock cars and sport compacts open their season in Quincy on April 14.