Biography of Matt Tifft
Matt Tifft is an American professional stock car racing driver. He last competed part-time in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, driving the No. 36 Ford Mustang for Front Row Motorsports. Tifft is currently taking a break from racing due to health issues he suffered at the end of the 2019 season.
Early career (2007–2010)
In the fall of 2007, Tifft had his first opportunity to race in a go-kart at Barberton Speedway in Norton, Ohio. Matt Tifft was coached by Kevin Harter of CRP Racing. In 2009, he made his first divisional and national level go kart schedule, under Beasley Motorsports, being coached by Gary Lawson. During this season, Matt Tifft would win two national-level victories. In 2010, Tifft transitioned from karts to asphalt and dirt super late models, with the help of Josh Richards, Dale McDowell, Clint Smith, Benny Gordon, and Tim Schendel.
Stock car racing (2011–present)
2011 marked Tifft’s first full year in stock cars, as he compiled two super late model victories and had multiple top-5 finishes. Along with the work with Schendel and Gordon, Tifft also raced a significant number of races with BJ McLeod Motorsports. In 2012, Tifft won the Rookie of the Year title in the ARCA Midwest Tour. In addition, Tifft finished the season with 5th in points overall.
In 2013, Tifft joined the Win-Tron Racing team to race in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, as well as select ARCA Series races. In 2014, Tifft signed with Ken Schrader Racing to run select ARCA and K&N East races. Tifft also made his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut at Martinsville Speedway, finishing 8th. On November 14, 2014, it was announced that Tifft would be running a 6-race schedule with Kyle Busch Motorsports for the 2015 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
Matt Tifft made his Xfinity Series debut in 2015 with Joe Gibbs Racing, finishing 10th. The following year, Matt Tifft was then signed by JGR to drive the No. 18 in 13 races. Matt Tifft drove 3 races with JGL Racing driving the No. 24 in the Xfinity Series, before driving for JGR. Tifft also joined Red Horse Racing to drive the No. 11 in the Truck Series.
Tifft sustained a disc condition in his back in 2016, and on recommendation of his doctor, sat out the American Ethanol E15 250. Sam Hornish Jr. subbed for him and ended up winning the race. Matt Tifft eventually underwent surgery for a low-grade glioma in his brain. On September 12, NASCAR officials cleared Tifft to return to racing. On November 4, 2016, it was announced that Matt Tifft would drive full-time in JGR’s No. 19 entry in 2017, competing for the Rookie of the Year.
Tifft was born in Fairfax County, Virginia and grew up with brother Morgan and sister Maggie in Hinckley, Ohio. He graduated from Highland High School in nearby Granger, Ohio. Matt Tifft currently attends school at UNC Charlotte, majoring in Business Management. He is a fan of the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns, and Cleveland Cavaliers. Matt Tifft has been shown many times at Indians games and even throwing out the first pitch at an Indians game in 2018. Tifft also ran an Indians Fanatics car at his home track at Mid-Ohio.
On July 1, 2016, Matt Tifft underwent surgery to remove a low-grade, benign brain tumor. The tumor was discovered during treatment of a back injury. Tifft became engaged in the offseason following the 2018 season.
- Full Name: Matthew Kenneth Tifft
- Date of Birth: June 26, 1996
- Age: 24 years
- Birth Place: Fairfax, Virginia
- Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
- Weight: 165 lb (75 kg)
- Awards: 2012 ARCA Midwest Tour Rookie of the Year
- 2019 position: 31st
- 2018 position: 6th
- Spouse: Jordan Holt (m. 2019)
- 2016 position: 21st
- Parents: Quentin Tift, Vicki Tifft
- Net Worth: N/A
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