Quincy Raceways’ 15-year-old phenom, Jake Griffin, will take another major step forward in his racing career this weekend.
Griffin was asked — and gladly accepted — to get behind the wheel of owner Dan Hemric’s Pro All-Star Series (PASS) Super Late Model at legendary .363-mile Hickory Motor Speedway in Hickory, N.C. Griffin will drive Hemric’s pavement late model Saturday in the Easter Bunny 150 at one of NASCAR’s legendary tracks. Race time is 6 p.m.
Hickory is the nation’s longest continually operating motor speedway and once hosted major NASCAR events in what are now the Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck series.
“I was just blown away by the opportunity offered to me by Daniel,” Griffin said. “When I got the phone call I almost thought that I was dreaming. We’ve gotten to know each other over the past year or so, and I’m really honored that he wants to see me behind the wheel of one his cars.
“To get to compete at the legendary Hickory Motor Speedway is just the icing on the cake.”
Jake’s dad, Dan Griffin, said the family will leave Thursday for North Carolina. Pratice is Friday, with qualifying and racing both set for Saturday. Dan Griffin said Hemric helped Jake during February racing in Florida and the friendship has continued to blossom.
Hemric has watched Jake race with the JEGS/CRA All-Star Series and ARCA Super Series over the past two years and has been impressed with Griffin’s ability and potential.
“I couldn’t be more excited to have Jake driving one of our cars this weekend,” Hemric said. “He has shown me a lot of potential behind the wheel, so I wanted to give him the chance to compete at new tracks. Hopefully, this will lead to more events together as the year progresses.”
Travel time permitting, Griffin still hopes to make it back in time for Sunday night’s season opener at the Bullring. Griffin will again drive a modified at Quincy this season.