Quin Houff entered the 2015 CARS Super Late Model Tour season as a relatively unknown in the Super Late Model ranks. Five races later, the Weyers Cove, Virginia driver has now established himself as a threat to win week in and week out. Driving the No. 17 LFR Chassis house car, Houff picked up his first career win in Saturday’s CARS Tour event at Tri-County Speedway (NC), and that may just be the start of something bigger.
“I think that win with LFR for our first win together as a team is just kind of the beginning of something great,” Houff told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “LFR is probably the best equipment I’ve ever been in and the opportunity is great working with Rob Fuller and Jeff Fultz. That’s something I’ve been blessed with because those guys are great.”
The win on Saturday meant a lot to Houff being his first career Super Late Model win, but it was also a big moment for the LFR Chassis program. Although the LFR Chassis team picked up their first Super Late Model win with William Byron piloting one of their chassis in a CARS Tour event at Hickory Motor Speedway (NC), Houff’s win was the first for one of the team’s development drivers.
“As the first house driver to earn a win, it’s beyond honoring for me because I think with these guys being new to the Supers this is a big thing for them,” said the 17-year-old Houff. “It’s just honoring to be the first house driver to win for them, really. I think there’s many more to come and I think we’re going to have a shot for the championship in the CARS Tour.”
For Houff, his relationship with the LFR team has been a blessing. Not only has he discovered a new level of confidence when behind the wheel, he also has been able to learn a lot from the team of intelligent minds that work with the company.
“Definitely having Rob Fuller, Jeff Fultz and Tony Eury, Jr. there they have a lot of experience and a lot of things they can help me with as a new rookie driver,” Houff stated. “It helps me learn tracks faster, like I’d never even seen Tri-County before last Thursday. Those guys just have so much experience and offer so much help to a young driver to me… it’s just great.”
Entering the season, Houff wasn’t exactly sure of what to expect. He knew the LFR team was a good group, but he also thought that there may be a slight learning curve as they worked their way into the Super Late Model ranks. That hasn’t been the case.
Houff and LFR started out on a strong note with a ninth-place finish in the CARS Tour opener at Southern National Motorsports Park (NC) and have made continuous progress from that point on. The team had been fast at nearly every track they visited before breaking through with a win at Tri-Country.
“Jumping in with LFR I knew they were a good group but that they hadn’t run Supers, other than Jeff Fultz having a pretty good notebook,” said Houff. “I was really surprised first race out we ran ninth in the very first CARS Tour event while gaining experience running with people that are pretty big names in Super Late Models. I told them that we were running way better than I thought we would.”
The strong start to the season has resulted in high expectations for Houff for the remainder of the 2015 campaign. He believes that if the team can continue doing what they’ve been doing that they can be a championship contender at the end of the year.
“Every week we go to the track, we’re definitely in the hunt,” Houff stated. “It’s crazy to think how fast we got together and got things going so quick. The CARS Tour has a great field of Supers coming in to run every week. It’s just crazy that we’ve been able to run with them.”
-By Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Editor – Twitter: @Brandon_Paul51
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