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HometownRome, GA
Racing Since2001
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Driver Bio

Jake Knowles

About Jake

Division: Super Late Model | Crate Late Model
Chassis: BMF Race Car
Engine Builder: Eagle Race Engines
Car Owner: Jake Knowles / Matt & Larry J Wester
Crew Chief: Wade Knowles
Public Relations: Cindy Knowles
Racing Hero: My dad, Wade Knowles
Favorite Music: Rap / Country / Rock
Favorite Bands: Nelly / Lincoln Park / David Banner
Favorite Movie: Days of Thunder
Favorite Race Track: Rome Speedway (Rome, Georgia)
Favorite Food: Steak and French Fries
Personal Vehicle: 2006 Ford F-350 King Ranch
Heroes: My dad, Wade Knowles
First Racing Memory: Going out to qualify at my first race, which was at Dixie Speedway (Woodstock, Georgia). I was the first car out and hit the wall exiting turn 2 on the first lap.


Cruising and going to the lake.

Crew Members

Wade Knowles
Billy Basnett
Matt Wester


Knowles Race Parts and Bodies, Buster Goss Body Shop, Martin's Wrecker Service, Josh Roberts Trucking, Knowles Trucking, AG Calf Ranch, Cruise With The Champions, Gadsden Heating, Coosa Heating and Cooling, Bilstein Shocks, JW Motorsports, Big A's Custom Graphics, VP Racing Fuel, Hoosier Tire by Pup, CH Enterprises, Wiles Driveshafts, Xs Power Batteries, Earnhardt Technologies Group, KRC Power Steering, Eagle Racing Engines, JM Custom Laser

Racing History

In 2001, more than fifteen years ago, Jake Knowles made his racing debut as part of the cruiser class at Dixie and Rome Speedways. He finished second in points for the year in a Cadillac cruiser. Sitting alongside a driver who would steer and operate the brakes, Jake maintained control of the gas.

The following year, his father's 1996 Jig-A-Lo leaf spring car became his first real race car. In that car, he not only finished third in points for the year, but also won the Sportsman race in the Hardee's Shootout at Dixie Speedway where he qualified on the pole and led every lap.

In 2003, Jake won 5 races in the first 6 months, making it a year to remember. In compliance with Dixie Speedway's rules, he was obligated to start in the rear, at sixth, until he could win another race. So, what did he do? He won two more races and the track championship. Jake went on to win the Alabama State Race in Phoenix City. Later that year he finished eighth at Atomic Speedway, and fifth at North Georgia Speedway; both of which he had never raced before.

Knowles adopted another one of his father's cars in 2004, a 2001 Warrior Chassis, to drive in the Limited Late Model Division. During that time, he won eight feature events and the track championship for his division at Dixie and Rome Speedways.

He continued in the Limited Late Model division and won his first race of the 2005 season. After being contacted by Mike Stewart, Jake decided to participate in the crate motor race, Prelude to the Dream, at Eldora Speedway in Ohio. Driving Stewart's car, he won the first heat race, started on the pole for the feature, and won the big race. After such an accomplishment, Knowles moved forward into a great season driving for Mike Stewart.

2006 ended Jake's run with Stewart and marked the beginning of a five-year racing span with longtime friend and Cleveland Speedway owner Monty Morrow. He raced the Advanced Tennessee Thunder Series, finished fourth in the O'Reilly Southern All-Stars, and finished second in the Rookie of the Year chase. Unfortunately, due to scheduling conflicts between the two races, Knowles was not able to compete for either title.

One year he took home a feature win at Rome Boss as well as two other feature wins. In another, he claimed his first win for both the Lucas Oil Dirt Series and the Southern Regional Racing Series at Cleveland Speedway, won at Green Valley Speedway, and again at Dixie Speedway. He then spent two weeks in South Africa at the Worchester Motor Club Oval Track where he had two heat wins and a feature win in one night.

In his final year with Morrow, Jake took another trip to South Africa, where he raced against his father for the first time. Within his three weeks in Cape Town, he won two out of three main events, and placed second in the other. He also had two second place, one third place, and two fifth place heat wins and received the Fan's Choice Award. Once back in the states, he gained four more feature wins, two of which were in the Super Late Model division, and the others in the
Limited Late Model division.

In 2011 Jake bought a Rocket Chassis and a Race Engine Design motor to start his own team. The year was challenging and his strength was tested, but he pushed through to win two Super Late Model races. Eventually a good friend of his, Chad Smith, gave him the opportunity to run his Steel Head motor which he used to win four different races.

Knowles became somewhat of a mentor to Smith's young son as they all travelled around the southeast participating in the Southern AllStars Series, the Southern National Series, and some other local events in 2012. During this year, he also made it on his third trip to South Africa, where he won two races.

The following year held many victories for Knowles, winning the prestigious Gobbler at the Cleveland Speedway and competing in 37 events with twenty-six top ten finishes and two wins for the year.

By 2014 he received sponsorship from Smith for his own car and competed for the Chevrolet Performance 525 Series points title. He was second in points throughout the year up until the final race when he was passing for the lead and his motor broke, leaving him third in points for the year. Additionally, Knowles had seventeen top ten finishes out of nineteen races and one win.

In 2015, Jake teamed up with Matt and Larry Wester and began racing their Super Late Model car while he continued to race his car in the Chevrolet Performance Series. He finished the year at sixth place in points, with twenty-two top ten finishes in thirty-six races and one win.

Career Highlights

- 2nd in Crate Racin' USA point standings
- 3rd in Crate Racin' USA point standings
- 4 Crate Late Model feature wins
- Won B.J. Parker Memorial in Super Late Model at Talladega Short Track
- Durrence Layne Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series National Champion
- 2nd in Schaeffer's Oil Southern Nationals Series
- 8 Crate Late Model feature wins
- $10,000 Southern 100 winner at Southern (Fla.) Raceway
- 8 Crate Late Model feature wins
- NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series winner at East Alabama Motor Speedway
- 1 Crate Late Model Feature win
- 39 Events
- 30 Top-10's
- 36 Events
- 1 Win
- 1st Chevrolet Performance Super Late Model Series win.
- Winning the prestigious Gobbler race at Cleveland Speedway.
- 2 Super Late Model feature wins
- Going Back to South Africa and picking back up in winner’s circle.
- 3 Super Late Model feature wins
- Getting the first win as a car owner.
- 2 Super Late Model feature wins
- 4 Steel Head Late Model feature wins
- Going to South Africa and racing against my dad (Wade Knowles) for the 1st time ever. Winning 2 of the 3 feature events and winning over all points for the 3 weekends. Being named the Driver of the tour and voted fan favorite
- 4 Super Late Model feature wins
- 2 Limited Late Model feature wins
- Lucas Oil Dirt Series and SRRS win. Going to South Africa and winning feature.
- 6 Super Late Model feature wins
- Rome Boss winner.
- 1 Super Late Model feature win
- 1 Top Tracks Challenge Series win. Top Tracks Challenge Champion. 4th in O’Reilly Southern All-Star Series. Named Georgia Automobile Racing Hall of Fame Association Georgia of the Year.
- 1 Super Late Model feature win
- Was not really a good year. Started off the year with a win at the Jimmy Thomas Memorial Race at Phenix City Alabama which paid $10,000.
- Won the Eldora Crate Late Model Nextel Prelude to the Dream race. Qualified 40th out of 143 cars at the Dream.
- Moved up to Super Late Model.
- Qualified on the pole in my first O’Reilly Southern All-Star race June 18, finished 8th.
- First Super Late Model win July 2.
- First big Super Late Model win July 16 at North Georgia Speedway, $5000.00 to win.
- First O’Reilly Southern All-Star win July 17 at Rome International Speedway.
- Finished 4th at the - Lucas Oil NARA Dirt Series Shootout at Dixie Speedway.
- Featured in Dirt Late Model Magazine.
- Moved up to Limited Late Model. Track Champion at Dixie and Rome Speedway. 8 wins. Attended Dale McDowell Driving School at North Georgia Speedway
- 8 Limited Late Model feature wins
- Alabama State Championship race on the last lap pass
- Track Champion at Dixie and Rome Speedway
- Ga. State Championship race Rome Speedway (which was the Xtreme Racing Series race)
- 9 B-sportsman feature wins
- 3 B-sportsman feature wins
- 3 Cruiser Class feature wins


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