Family Affair – Jake Knowles Honors Dad Wade with Throwback Schemenesmith
Story By: Olivia Gentry – NeSmith Media
Rome, GA – Rome, Georgia’s Jake Knowles, Driver of the #66 Knowles Race Parts and Bodies sponsored Rocket Chassis has been catching the attention of longtime dirt track fans across the Southeast during the 2017 with a new color scheme. While the paint scheme is new to him, the colors and the familiar 66 that adorn the sides of his machine are something that has been in his family for many years. The “throwback” colors take fans and family back to the early days of Knowles Racing and pay honor to Jake’s racing hero – his father Wade.
Jake’s Father, Wade Knowles, began racing at the age of eighteen in what was then a Hobby car, and transitioned his way up the racing ranks to the Super Late Model division, becoming a fan favorite along the way. Once Jake was old enough to race, it was only natural that he follow in his Dad’s footsteps. The two started Jake’s racing career when they hopped in a two-man Cruiser car which featured Wade behind the wheel and Jake controlling the accelerator. They ventured out in the division to their “home track” Dixie Speedway in Woodstock, GA where the Father and Son duo were leading the race when a tire went flat. They pulled in knowing that they didn’t have a spare. While the two were getting out of the car, a wreck had put the race on hold with a red flag. “We looked at the guy’s trailer parked next to us, and there was a tire layin’ over there. My Dad asked if it would fit, so we tried it, and sure enough it did. We changed the tire and went out before they went back green. We ended up running third. The guy we borrowed the tire from won the race, so after we pulled in he was getting his picture taken. We pulled the tire off, and put it right back where we found it. We never said a word.” Jake said laughing when looking back on his early days of racing with his Dad.
Since those early days their racing has always been a family adventure that has taken them up and down the roads chasing checkered flags and in 2010 took them across the World. In 2010 Wade and Jake had the opportunity to travel to South Africa where they would race against each other for the first time. Jake won all but one race, but even though he was racing against his Dad, Wade was still there to help him. The Father, Son duo have made many memories at racetracks along the way.
When talking about how the special throwback tribute scheme came about heading into the 2017 Chevrolet Performance Super Late Model Series Touring Season, Jake explained when and how the idea came about. “I have a tag in my truck that has a picture of Dad’s car on it from when he raced. One day I was riding down the road and looked down and saw it. I started thinking about it and I realized that’d be a pretty cool deal.” Jake explained. The wrap, which is a replica of the car Wade raced from years 1987-1990 was supposed to be a surprise, but after falling behind a bit, Jake asked Wade if he would come help so they could make it out to the opening race of the season. When Wade walked through the door he saw the wrap. “I was shocked. I think everyone knew it but me. I was kind of overwhelmed. I really had no idea anyone thought that much about it but it’s really been a hit. Everyone that’s seen it really likes it,” Wade humbly admitted.
Here’s to the memories of a dirt racing family. The ones made, and the ones that will be made. Here’s to many more weekends at the track, and week days in the shop. Here’s to the families who work hard during the day then head to the shop at night to get that racecar ready for the weekend. To the kids helping their Dad get ready, and to the Dads helping their kids get ready. To the Mother’s and wives on the edge of their seat counting down each lap till the checkered flag waves. Here’s to what racing is truly about.
To keep up with Jake Knowles and his racing during the season visit his official website at www.JakeKnowles66.net.
Knowles hopes to take the familiar colors and #66 to victory this Saturday night, June 3rd in front of his friends and family during the Dixie Double Header Nationals at Dixie Speedway in Woodstock, GA. Knowles is currently 6th in Chevrolet Performance Super Late Model Series points, but the championship is still within reach. It will be no easy feat as joining Knowles at Dixie will be drivers such as Devin Dixon, Austin Smith, Cory Hedgecock, Oliver Gentry, Zach Pilcher, and Rodney Martin just to name some of the stars that will head to the “Home of the Champions” in quest of the $3,000 payday.
For more information about this Saturday night June 3rd event at Dixie Speedway in Woodstock, GA please visit their official website at www.DixieSpeedway.com
For more information or rules on the Chevrolet Performance Super Late Model Series please visit the official series website at www.525SuperSeries.com.
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Chevrolet Performance Parts is the Title Sponsor of the Chevrolet Performance Super Late Model Series.
NeSmith Chevrolet, Buick, GMC in Claxton, GA is the “Official Engine Supplier” of the Chevy Super Series.
Hoosier Racing Tire is the “Official Tire” of the Chevrolet Performance Super Late Model Series.
Sunoco Race Fuel is the “Official Race Fuel” of the Chevrolet Performance Super Late Model Series.
RockAuto.com is an Official Partner of the Chevrolet Performance Super Late Model Series.
Knowles Race Parts and Bodies is the “Official Parts Supplier” of the Chevrolet Performance Super Late Model Series.
Cruise With The Champions is the “Rookie of the Year” Sponsor of the Chevrolet Performance Super Late Model Series.
Contingency Sponsors Include: Knowles Race Parts and Bodies, Out Pace Performance, Gresham Race Parts.