Danny O'Quinn Jr.

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Danny O'Quinn Jr.
Born (1985-05-07) May 7, 1985 (age 30)
Coeburn, Virginia
Achievements 2002 UARA National Champion
Awards 2003 USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series Southern Division Rookie of the Year
2006 Busch Series Rookie of the Year
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
106 races run over 6 years
2011 position 63rd
Best finish 19th (2006, 2009)
First race 2006 Hershey's Kissables 300 (Daytona)
Last race 2011 Dollar General 300 (Chicago)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 5 0
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
2 races run over 1 year
Best finish 65th (2007)
First race 2007 Toyota Tundra 200 (Nashville)
Last race 2007 O'Reilly 200 (Bristol)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 1 0

Daniel O'Quinn, Jr. (born May 7, 1985 in Coeburn, Virginia)[1] is an American professional stock car racer from Coeburn, Virginia. Now retired, he competed in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and was a winner of the Roush Racing: Driver X competition.

Background[edit]

O'Quinn began racing go-karts at the age of 7 and won four championships. He won over 130 races, and one Tennessee state championship between 1992 and 1998.

In 1999 he became the Street Stock rookie of the year at Lonesome Pine Raceway. He moved up to a late model car in 2000 and won the track championship and the Rookie of the Year award. In 2001, he raced both at Lonesome Pine and the ARA series. He had three wins and four poles. He also attended the University of Virginia's College at Wise in 2003-2005 but put his collegiate pursuits on hold as his professional racing career took off.

In 2002, he won the UARA late model touring series national championship.

Move to national driver[edit]

Quinn moved up to the USAR Hooters Pro Cup (Southern Series) in 2003, and became the Southern Series Rookie of the Year. In 2004, he won the Food City 250 at his home race track of Lonesome Pine Raceway in Coeburn, Virginia.[2] He became the youngest driver to win in series history and finished seventh overall in points. In 2005, he had six starts in the ARCA series and three sixth place finishes.[3]

NASCAR career[edit]

Quinn racing in the O'Reilly 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway in 2007

In the fall of 2005, O'Quinn was a contestant on Roush Racing: Driver X. He was ultimately runner-up in the competition, but skipped the Craftsman Truck Series and proceeded directly to the Busch Series with Driver X winner Erik Darnell being inked to the Roush truck contract.

In 2006, he raced the World Financial Group #50 Ford in the Busch Series. He got his first Top-10 finish at Nashville Superspeedway after starting second, and followed it up with Top-10's at Milwaukee, ORP, Memphis and Charlotte, where he scored a career best finish of 5th. O'Quinn was named Busch Series Rookie of the Year after the 2006 Season Finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway beating former NASCAR Winston Cup driver John Andretti and teammate Todd Kluever, among others, for the award. In 2007, O'Quinn made occasional starts in #17 Dish Network Ford and also ran part-time with Mac Hill Motorsports in the #56 Chevy.

After driving part-time in 2007 in selected races with Roush Fenway Racing. O'Quinn announced his departure from the team, due to a lack of sponsorship which prohibited from landing a full-time ride with the team. He then signed on to drive the #56 Chevy for Mac Hill Motorsports part-time for the remainder of the year. He made only one start in 2008 for Mac Hill, where he finished 28th at Richmond. He ended the year driving the #35 Team Rensi Motorsports Ford on a part-time basis, with a best finish of 40th. He signed with JD Motorsports in 2009, and drove the #01 Sun Drop Chevrolet Impala.

O'Quinn in the #01 in 2009.

Following the Food City 250 on August 21, 2009, O'Quinn left the JD Motorsports team.[4] He finished the year by start and parking for K-Automotive Motorsports and Fitz Racing. In 2011, O'Quinn joined Go Green Racing, where he ran five races.

After O'Quinn's NASCAR career stalled, he moved back to Virginia to help run the family trailer business. O'Quinn also occasionally raced at the Lonesome Pine Raceway.[5]

Motorsports career results[edit]

NASCAR[edit]

(key) (Bold - Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics - Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Craftsman Truck Series[edit]

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