Driver Profile - CALEB GRIFFITH

Caleb in 305 action.
Jim Fisher Photo

Name: Caleb Griffith

Birthdate: January 12, 1988
Hometown: Castalia, Ohio
Family: Dad Shawn, Mom Susy, Sister Mary, Brother Luke
Occupation: Student
How did you choose your car number? My birthday, January 12
Chassis: Eagle
Engine Builder: Griff's Racing Engines
Crew: Shawn, Gary and Luke Griffith, Scott Lang, Bob Ittel, David Deyo, Brad Yetter, and Terry Schroeder
Sponsors: Doug Ludwig Motorsports,Griff's Racing Engines, Langs Body Shop,Happy Jacks Gas Station, Pro Shocks, Matthews Ford, Fremont Fence, Miller Construction,Kears Speed Shop, Bob Ittel and Eugene and Barb Smith,Asher Brother's Auto Parts,The Wax Shop, Callies Crankshafts, Banshee Graphics, Butlerbuilt Seats, Bell Helmets, Outlaw Disc Brakes, FK Rod Ends, Herbs Sportsman's Supply, Root's Poultry, Strawberry Hill Farm Market, Construction Equipment & Supply, and Flewelling Boat Storage
Favorite Track: K-C Raceway
Divisions competed in: Go-karts & 305 Sprints
Years Racing: Nine
Wins: Around 70, Two in 305 sprints
Championships: Six, two in 305 sprints
Regular Tracks/Series: Attica Raceway Park and Fremont Speedway
Hobbies: Hunting and Fishing
Favorite TV show: Scooby Doo
Favorite Music: Anything but rap
Favorite Band: Matchbox 20 & 3 Doors Down
Favorite Food: Pancakes and French Toast and Margaretta High School Spaghetti
Favorite Beverage: Cherry Coke
Favorite Restaurant: Billy's in Fremont, Ohio
Favorite Driver: Tony Stewart

When and how did you get started in racing?

I started go kart racing at the age of seven, moved through the junior divisions and began racing 305 sprints at the age of 14

Who had the biggest impact on your racing career and why?

Family friend Ed Lagrou let me try his go kart when I was six, the next summer I was racing go karts. Before my move to 305's I wanted to race Asphalt because I knew more people there, but after Eugene Smith and my Dad paid for eight laps in Jack Hewitt's two seater I knew I wanted to race dirt.

What would you be doing if you weren't racing?

Sitting at home wishing I was racing

What is your favorite aspect of racing?

Having a bad start to the night making it out of the B main and racing to the front, or completing a good night standing on the front stretch with the trophy.

What is your greatest accomplishment/best memory?

Winning at K-C in front of the World of Outlaws crowd.

What is the worst thing that has happened to you in racing, or your worst season?

Running Spec tires in go karts and flipping at Mercer with three laps to go running fourth.

In your own words, describe your 2003 season:

The Lord blessed us and we had a great season I won once at K-C Raceway and won the track championships at both Fremont and Attica, we finished out of the top ten four times in 29 races.

What are your plans for the 2004 season?

We plan to run our 410 sprint locally at Fremont and Attica and travel to other Ohio and Pennsylvania tracks when they are off. We would also like to run some 360 and Non-wing shows when we can.

Where do you see Sprint Car racing 5 years from now?

Hopefully more mainstream than it is now. In 2003 JJ Yeley accomplished something that was absolutely huge (USAC Triple Crown) yet only open wheel fans had heard of him until he signed with Joe Gibbs. If Sprint Car racing could get a solid TV deal on a channel that everyone has Steve Kinser and Danny Lasoski woud be household names. Sprint Car racing is perfect for TV, the races are short and to the point and I feel dirt sprint cars are much more fun to watch than anything. Rarely do you see someone dominate, they have to race for the win.

What is your ultimate goal?

I'll go wherever the Lord wants racing to take me. If that's a USAC or World of Outlaws ride I would love it. If I put myself in the right position I might have a shot at a NASCAR or an IRL ride which would be just fine too.

Getting some laps in a 410 Sprint Car at Muskingum.(DJ Johnson Photo)

Ohio/Pa Sprint Car Racing