Jacob D. Francis


Name: Jacob D. Francis
D:O:B: 8/18/1989
Born In Painesville Ohio

Family: Dale Francis, Louise Bena (mom and Dad) Chris, Cam, Casey and Albert (Brother) Sara and Elizabeth (Sisters) Gary Bena (step dad)

Home Track: Toledo

Race Team: Francis Engineering Racing

Most enjoyable part about racing: I just love driving racecars.


How did you get started in racing?
I got started in racing through go-karts, then up to legend cars, NASCAR and ARCA late Models, and ARCA RE/MAX series.

What divisions and tracks have you raced?
Go Karts, INEX Legends, NASCAR Late Models, ASA Late Models, ARCA Late Models, ARCA RE/MAX, Toledo Speedway, Lake Erie Speedway, Lorain Speedway, Lake County Speedway, Barberton Raceway PArk, Mid-Vale Speedway, Motordrome Speedway, Daytona, Talladega, Salem, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky

When your not racing, what do you like to do?
When im not racing im probaly hunting.

Any race that sticks your my mind?
A couple. Glass City 200 from 2008, finished 3rd after leading 70 laps. Kentucky ARCA race 2008, led half way...

You are the new owner of Barberton Raceway Park in Ohio? How did you decide you wanted to try owning a track? 
The opportunity to buy Barberton kind of set itself in my lap. I thought it would be an exciting new adventure for myself...


What are your plans for Barberton Raceway Park?
I have fairly big plans for Barberton in 2012, Im bringing Main Event cars in, as well as USAC midgets. Posssibly ARCA trucks...

You are racing on friday nights. That was a bold move to do with new ownership. Which I think could be a great move. So why the change?
My choice to go to Friday was based partly on the fact that every other race track in our area is a Saturday night racetrack.

How can people contact you if they want to help out in 2012?
Sposorship Opportunites,
email:, or
call Jake Francis 440.867.5394

Who would you like to thank?
My dad, (Dale Francis), Steve Sanders, Richard Bonner, Bill Vinton, Casey Smith, Stan and Sue Gall, Tom Spadafora

Check out
Barberton Raceway for more info!


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