2017 has been quite the year so far for Quin Houff. The driver from Weyers Cave, Virginia started out the year by realizing a dream and racing at Daytona in the ARCA Racing Series. He followed that up earlier this week by announcing his plans to debut in the NASCAR XFINITY Series in late April. Now, Houff looks forward to a homecoming as he heads to Dominion Raceway (VA) for the second race of the CARS Tour season.
Houff has toured the country while racing Super Late Models over the past two season, but will make his debut for car owner Anthony Campi and the No. 97 team this Saturday in his home state.
“I’m really excited to have this opportunity with Anthony Campi, those guys coming up all the way from Sarasota to race up north for the first time for them is really special,” Houff told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “We’re looking for a real strong run in our first race, to be back in my home state for the first time in a Super in this brand new facility is going to be really interesting. It’s a sweet facility, it’s a fast track, looking but nothing but the best.”
Though Houff has raced plenty in the Commonwealth of Virginia, it has always been in different classes of racing, mostly Late Model Stock Cars which Virginia is a hub for.
“Ever since I first started racing Supers (in 2015), there’s been one event in Virginia a year and that would be South Boston. We just never got a chance to run that.”
While Houff does have a pair of CARS Tour SLM victories, his last came a full year ago at Southern National Motorsports Park (NC) and he has not been in a Super since the All-American 400 at Nashville back in October. He’s confident that with the Campi team, he can get right back into the swing of things and have a shot at what would be a victory to remember.
“It would mean a lot. I’m looking for a strong run. I had some luck at Daytona, but not enough. I think Campi has good equipment and they’re good wherever they go. Hopefully I’m not too rusty in the Super, but I think I’ll jump right back in and be able to take advantage of a track these guys have never raced at. It would mean a lot to win at Dominion and in a great series, the CARS Tour. There’s going to be great competition, it would be great to kick off with a win, or maybe two.”
When Houf says “two” that is because the CARS Tour will race twin 75-lap features at Dominon on Saturday night. It’s a concept that Houff has experienced while driving Late Model Stock Cars and he thinks it will translate well over to Super Late Models.
“I think it’s cool. When I started doing Late Model Stocks at South Boston and Motor Mile, they started doing a lot of that stuff, twin 75s on a Saturday night. It adds a good aspect to the race; you race as hard as you can in the first one while saving something for the second. It’s nice that the CARS Tour is shaking things up to make it interesting for the fans.”
Besides Houff signing for two XFINITY races with Precision Motorsports at Bristol and Richmond in April, his racing plans beyond that are unknown for now.
“This is a one-race deal for us. Like I said in Daytona, we’re still doing the same kind of deal with everything, one race at a time. This is the first time I’ve taken this approach to racing, just one at a time instead of a whole schedule. We’ll build off what happens in each race. For now, one event with Anthony Campi in the Super and go from there.”
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-By Connor Sullivan, Speed51.com CT, MA & Long Island Editor – Twitter: @Connor51CT
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