When I first met this guy, I thought to myself “He rides like he doesn’t know how to go slow!” It turns out that thought was spot on. At first I had no idea he had raced Flat Track Motorcycles. Growing up watching all sorts of motorsports and racing in general, I was a huge fan of Flat Trackers. I had always seen those guys as having nerves of steel and laser like focus. Sliding around a dirt track at 100 MPH on a screaming banshee of a machine, one foot hanging out there like it couldn’t snap off at any second…but it can. Those guys were giants among men. So needless to say when I learned Jason held an AMA Pro racing license, he had me won over. Then, as I raced bicycles with him all over the country, I learned so much more that made me look up to him. Here’s a secret though. If you ever meet Jason, don’t tell him he has one arm. He doesn’t know! I present to you Jason Griffin.
BTA: I know you have some colorful nicknames, what are some of them?
JG: “Lefty, One Armed Bandit, Country, Racin Jason, I’m sure there’s some others that no one told me about.”
BTA: Do you have a home, or do you just live on your bike?
JG: “Easley, SC”
BTA: Tell us about a person you look up to?
JG: “There have been a vast multitude of people in my life who have inspired me, taught me life lessons, and mentored me so it’s difficult to narrow it down to one person. I am a Biology Professor at Tri County College and I am impressed with students who are focused on what they want out of life and are there for an education at 18 years old. That’s impressive.”
BTA: Racing seems to be your thing, tell us about that?
JG: “My dad raced motorcycles when my brother and I were growing up, so we were exposed to motorcycles at an early age. This led to me racing Flat Track motorcycles for about the last ten years and joining the Team Roger C Peace Paracycling team a few years ago. The motorcycle racing has slowed over the past few years and the bicycling is primarily what I do now. Guess I’ll always be a racer.”
BTA: I know you have a boat load of achievements. Can you fill us in on some?
JG: “Ok, I’ll brag.”
1, AMA Amateur National Flat Track Championship
1, AMA Athlete of the Year Award
2, AMA Pro AMA National Flat Track Championships
10 Years of awards from racing motorcycles every weekend, I have no idea where to put em…so many wins I’ve lost count
Several bronze and silver medals from National and International Paracycling Events
An Associate’s Degree, Bachelor’s Degree and 2 Master’s Degrees
BTA: What’s something everyone should know about you?
JG: “My life is far from perfect and has been a roller coaster, but it’s worth it!”
BTA: What are some of your goals for the next four years?
JG: “I’ve really been focused on my new real estate business so I hope we can take it to $1,000,000 by then. I want to stay healthy, share my story and hopefully educate as many folks as I can. Keep racing, that’s for sure and spend time with great people…like you brother!”
BTA: We know you’re better than the average man, what makes you “Better than Able?”
JG: “It’s taken a long time to figure that one out. My parents never told me I was disabled, even though I was missing an arm. I played all the sports growing up and have been extremely fortunate to have led the life I have. I never quit, that’s what makes me “better than able.” You can have whatever you want if you are willing to do whatever it takes. We all have it inside us, most people just never use it.”
BTA: Any parting words?
JG: “I just want people to reach for the stars, embrace whatever God has given them and use it to achieve whatever they want…BELIEVE…is my motto.”
BTA: Wow, amazing! Thanks so much for letting us in Jason.
You can watch a video of Jason at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KMxtSjCdFEQ