MOORESVILLE, N.C. – LFR Driver Development competitors Quin Houff and Grant Galloway made their team debuts in the inaugural CARS Tour Super Late Model race at Southern National Motorsports Park in Kenly, N.C. The pair brought home Top-15 finishes with Houff and Galloway scored 10th and 14th respectively.
Owner Rob Fuller was impressed by his teams’ accomplishments in the first event of the 2015 CARS Tour.
“This was both Quin and Grant’s first time racing Super Late Models and they did really well,” said Fuller. “It was a stacked field with a lot of top teams and drivers to compete against. I was really impressed with what our team accomplished this weekend and we’re looking forward to racing into the Top-5 and contending for some wins in the CARS Tour this season.”
Quin Houff was fast from the start of the weekend, finishing third in both practices before qualifying ninth for the big event.
“My first Super Late Model race went really well,” said Houff. “We stayed up in the Top-10 all night, racing with the best in Super Late Model racing in this CARS Tour season opener. I learned a lot running with them that I will definitely apply to the next race. The LFR team and I gathered some great data that will help make our car even better as well.”
Grant Galloway, who had not previously competed at the track, only ran 22 practice laps before qualifying began.
“In qualifying, we unfortunately got the short end of the stick,” said Galloway. “We had to go out second and the track was really cold after sitting there for three hours. We qualified 28th – almost dead last in the field. It was brutal back there.”
Although he started in the back, Galloway moved up consistently throughout the race, gaining 14 positions during the event to finish 14th overall.
“It was a consistent and smooth race,” said Galloway. “Jeff Fultz was my spotter and coached me through. Tony Eury Jr. was my crew chief for the race and it was the first time I worked with him. We had to get a feel for each other – from my style of driving and the changes to make in the car. I’d say we did a good job to start 28th and finish 14th.”
After the race, both drivers were optimistic about the future of the CARS Tour.
“There were definitely a lot of good cars and good teams that showed up for it,” said Galloway. “When you looked at a driver lineup like that you wonder how you stack up against up those guys. It might be harder than expected. That was an excellent turnout for the first race. Everybody was very good – competing for fast times. It will be a true test of talent through the 10 races, and the Champion will certainly be very deserving.”
“It was cool seeing big names around the track such as Kyle Bush, Max Papis, Jeff Burton and his son, as well as Steven Wallace,” said Houff. “Seeing all them made me realize the attention this series is getting, but I knew I had to keep my focus and perform my best.”
Looking forward, Galloway is hoping improve on all aspects of the weekend.
“I want to qualify better so I can start higher up and get into the Top-10. This season I’d like to pick up a few wins and be a consistent Top-10 or Top-5 car,” he said.
Houff has similar state of mind to his teammate.
“I am in great equipment and have great help along my side. Coming out of our first Super Late Model event with a Top-10 in that strong field speaks volumes about our team. I truly believe our No. 17 #BeatinCancer LFR Chevy will be a true contender for this tour championship and I am honored to be a part of it.”
Both drivers will compete in the full CARS Tour this year. They will next race at Orange County Speedway in Rougemont, NC on April 18.
-LFR Press Release. Photo credit: Speed51.com