Super Late Model Driver Perkins to start Racing Safety Program .
In light of the many tragedies involving loss of life and serious injury (including the recent fatal accident at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala) which have occurred at racetracks around the country, Jake Perkins a Junior at Belleview High School In Belleview, Florida and a Super Late Model race car driver, and his team, have taken the initiative to start a not for profit corporation which will help educate drivers and promote safety at race tracks around the country. It is Perkins’ hope that through the efforts of this corporation, many of these tragic occurrences will be eliminated. The effort will involve videos, written materials and other media to present the subject matter. Perkins, who has been racing since he was eight, and driving Super Late Models since he was 14, says that proper head and neck restraints and proper seat restraints should be required of all drivers and cars. It is the intent to inform drivers of proper safety measures, and getting race tracks around the country to subscribe to minimum safety standards for cars and drivers, especially those who are just starting in racing.
Good Night For Perkins.
February 8, 2014
Belleview Junior and Super Late Model driver, Jake Perkins, had a banner night at the first Bright House Challenge race of the season. A total of 26 of the best super late model drivers were on hand for the 100 lap feature and Perkins recorded the second best qualifying time placing him on the outside pole. After the top 12 of the field were inverted for the start, Perkins began in the 11th slot and quickly moved through the field. By lap 47, he was in third place and was pushing for the lead when he had contact with eventual winner, Joe Boyd, and fell back to ninth. He was able to recover nicely for a top five finish. Perkins said after the race that he had enough car for the win had he not gotten involved in that minor incident. He was very happy with his new car and is looking forward to next Saturday’s race at Citrus County Speedway in Inverness.
Belleview High Freshman Gets Second At Auburndale.
Jake Perkins, a freshman at Belleview High School, had his best finish to date in the Florida United Promoter’s Super Late Model race series. The race was at Auburndale Speedway in Winter Haven. The 2011 series Rookie of the Year started fifth, was involved in an accident on lap 55 and for the remaining 45 laps drove a damaged car to a second place finish. Perkins gave a lot of the credit to his spotter Edward Howell, and crew chief Jimmy Cope for helping him deal with the damaged car and keeping his position on the track. This was the second series race of the year. Perkins briefly led in the first race in Bradenton, ran second for 58 laps and was pushed into the wall on a restart which ended his night.
The next series race for Perkins is at New Smyrna Speedway on April 7th.
Belleview High Freshman Named FUPS Super Late Model “Rookie of the Year”.
January 23, 2012 Ocala, Florida
Jake (No Brake Jake) Perkins, a recent graduate of Grace School and currently a freshman at Belleview High School in Belleview, Florida, was named “Rookie of the Year” in the Florida United Promoter’s Series Pro Super Late Model classification. The announcement and award was made at the FASCAR annual banquet on Saturday evening at the 500 CLUB at Daytona International Speedway. This series features Florida’s premier late model drivers from around Florida. Perkins, who recently turned fifteen years old, was the youngest in a total number of 86 drivers who competed in the division throughout the year, finishing seventh in points for the 2011 racing season. He also finished seventh of 33 drivers in the Florida Governor’s Cup Race at New Smyrna Speedway in mid November. The Florida United Promoter’s Series consists of 12 races throughout North and Central Florida on six different venues. Several drivers and crew members in the series have participated at the NASCAR level. He is the son of Dr. Carter and Cindy Perkins of Ocala, Florida.
OCALA TEENAGE LATE MODEL DRIVER HAS ENGINE UPGRADE.
June 15, 2011, Ocala, Florida
Jake “No-Brake-Jake” Perkins, who is currently racing competitively in the Florida United Promoters Late Model Series, is upgrading the engine in his race car. Perkins, 14, a recent honors graduate from Grace Middle School in Ocala, has been racing competitively since he was eight years old. In 2011 he made the move from Legend Cars to the prestigious Late Model Series, using a 475 hp Chevy engine. “The reason for the upgrade to a 650 hp Chevy engine is to allow Jake to be more competitive for the remainder of this year and going into next” stated his father and team owner, Carter Perkins. “ Jake is currently 12th in points in the FUPLM Series, competing against drivers who have bigger engines and do this for a living, and we’re right up there with them and even missed one race” the senior Perkins said, “we know with his natural driving ability, this upgrade will help tremendously.”
Jake will be appearing with the “59 Car” on the square in downtown Ocala at the Marion Theatre opening of “Cars-2” from 4 to 8 pm on June 24th. Jake Perkins Motorsports LLC is based in Ocala Florida.
Jake Perkins Motorsports Donates Daytona Memorabilia for Charity Drawing.
For Immediate Release: Grace School, Ocala, Florida November 18, 2011
Jake Perkins Motorsports has donated a piece of the original Daytona International Speedway track to be used as a fundraiser for Grace School and the Children’s Home Society of Florida. Jake Perkins, a 2011 graduate of Grace, and currently a freshman at Belleview, is shown presenting checks in the amount of $1400 each to Dr. Daniel Patton, Headmaster of Grace School and Dee Dixon, Program Manager for the Healthy Families Division of the Children’s Home Society of Florida. Perkins, who has been racing professionally for seven years, competed in the Florida United Promoter’s Series Super Late Model division in 2011. He was competing against older drivers, some who drive full time. There was a total of 87 different drivers in this classification of which he finished seventh for the year. This past week, he was named 2011 Rookie of the Year. In the immediate future, he will be attending several functions for the CHS and will be riding in the Christmas parade with his race car on the Grace School float.