Date of Birth: June 26, 1996 (20)
Weight: 175 lbs.
Hometown: Hinckley, Ohio
Siblings: Morgan (16) Maggie (14)
Favorite Track: Rockingham Speedway
Favorite cars to drive: Dirt Super Late Models
Greatest achievments in racing: Pole at Talladega in the NASCAR XFinity Series
Teams: Joe Gibbs Racing
Sponsors: Tunity; Surface; Dusenberry Martin Racing; Pahoresky Certified Public Accountant’s; Proximity Marketing; Rugged Maniac
Favorite TV Shows: The Office, Survivor, Family Guy, Shark Tank
Favorite Movie: Forrest Gump
Favorite Foods: Grilled Chicken Sandwich with Barbeque sauce (nothing else!), Mexican Food
Favorite Activities: Racing, Concerts, Photography
Favorite Author: Michael Crichton
Favorite Athlete: Jeff Gordon
Favorite Teams: Cleveland Browns, Green Bay Packers, Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Cavaliers
Favorite Bands: Aerosmith, Def Leppard, Journey, Foreigner, Motley Crue, AC/DC
Matt Tifft is a college student and race car driver from Hinckley, Ohio. He currently attends UNC-Charlotte as a business major. He has followed racing for most of his life and is a devoted race fan, especially of NASCAR. He grew up attending many dirt late model stock car races with his father’s team, primarily in Michigan.
In fall of 2007, Matt got his first chance to race in a go kart at the Barberton Speedway in Norton, Ohio. He was helped out greatly in coming up to speed by Kevin Harter of CRP Racing. 2009 marked his first year following a divisional and national level go kart schedule with Beasley Motorsports and coach/mentor Gary Lawson. This included two national level victories. In 2010, Matt transitioned from karts to asphalt and dirt super late models with the help of Josh Richards, Dale McDowell and Clint Smith on dirt, Benny Gordon (dirt and asphalt), and Tim Schendel (asphalt).
In 2011, his first full year in stock cars, Matt compiled two super late model victories and qualified in the top ten more than three out of four times on average, half of those strong starts being from the top five. More than seventy percent of his season’s finishes were in the top ten, and roughly a third of the time in the top five. Along with continuing to work with Tim Schendel and Benny Gordon, Matt raced a significant amount of races with BJ McLeod Motorsports. Highlights with BJ included a top ten points finish at the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing (Speedweeks) and several Top 5 finishes at the New Smyrna Speedway in Florida.
In 2012, Matt achieved his goal of winning the Rookie of the Year title in the ARCA Midwest Tour. In addition, Matt finished the year with an impressive 5th place in overall series points. He also raced a significant number of super late model races in the southeast with BJ McLeod with many Top 5 finishes. Matt was also able to test a NASCAR K&N Series car at the end of the year on a road course.
In 2013, Matt joined the Win-Tron racing team, racing in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East as well as select ARCA series races. The highlight of the year was a 5th place finish at Toledo in his home state.
In 2014 Matt registered six top five and eight top 10 finishes in 12 events with Ken Schrader Racing and Federated Auto Parts. He had his career-best, runner-up finish in the September event at Kentucky Speedway. Matt also competed in three NASCAR Camping World Truck series events, including an 8th place finish in his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut Martinsville Speedway in September.
In 2015 Matt competed in 12 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events with Kyle Busch Motorsports where he achieved five Top 10 finishes. He also raced for Ken Schrader in several events in the ARCA series. The highlight of the year was Matt’s debut with Joe Gibbs Racing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series which was a 10th place finish at Kentucky
In 2016, Matt had a breakout year with 5 top 10’s in 7 starts with Joe Gibbs Racing, including a 5th place at Kentucky. This success included a pole award at Talladega. Matt also competed in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with Red Horse Racing, with the best result of 5th at Charlotte. In June, Matt was diagnosed with a low-grade brain tumor and had a remarkable recovery and return to racing in September. He is a spokesperson for the American Brain Tumor Association, promoting awareness and recovery options.
In 2017 Matt will race full time for Joe Gibbs Racing in the NASCAR XFINITY Series with support from sponsors such as Tunity, Surface Sunsystems, and Braingear.