It’s a family thing

In a normal world, Jesse Folk Jr. and his son Brady would be gearing up or the racing season at Humboldt Speedway. Brady was looking to make a name for himself on the track this year.



April 7, 2020 - 10:20 AM

At left, Jesse Folk Jr. stands in front of his youngest son Baron along with oldest son Brady Folk. Photo by Erick Mitchell / Iola Register

From the Pettys to the Earnhardts, racing is a family tradition. Here in Allen County, if you head down to Humboldt Speedway on a Friday night during racing season, you are more than likely to hear the last name Folk.

Jesse Folk Jr. grew up at the track, learning from the ins and outs of racing from his father, Jesse Sr. By the time Folk Jr. could walk, he was in the driver’s seat. Folk Jr. began racing motorcycles at 3 years old before climbing in the car at age 9. 

“I felt like it like it was the only thing I was good at,” Folk Jr. said. “I played soccer of course, but other than that I didn’t really play any sports than a little bit of football in high school.”

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