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Quin Houff
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Houff at Bristol Motor Speedway in 2019
Born (1997-09-15) September 15, 1997 (age 23)
Weyers Cave, Virginia
NASCAR Cup Series career
53 races run over 2 years
Car no., teamNo. 00 (StarCom Racing)
2020 position33rd
Best finish33rd (2019, 2020)
First race2019 TicketGuardian 500 (Phoenix)
Last race2020 Season Finale 500 (Phoenix)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
10 races run over 2 years
2018 position49th
Best finish49th (2018)
First race2017 Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 (Bristol)
Last race2018 Ford EcoBoost 300 (Homestead)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
Statistics current as of November 8, 2020.

Quin W. Houff (born September 15, 1997) is an American professional stock car racing driver. He competes full-time in the NASCAR Cup Series, driving the No. 00 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE for StarCom Racing.

Racing career

Early years

Houff started to race when he was eight, driving go-karts. A year later, he upgraded to Mini-Cup cars and by age thirteen, he was racing Limited Late Model cars at local tracks. During his formative years, Houff often competed at legendary short track South Boston Speedway.[1]

Late models

Houff ran the entire 2015 CARS Super Late Model Series schedule in 2015 at age seventeen. He won one race, in Hudson, North Carolina, recorded four more top fives and finished fourth in points.[2] On the strength of that season, Houff was named to the 2016 Kulwicki Driver Development program.[3] He won the 2016 CARS season opener, but ran only the first seven races,[4] a move he made after consulting with a strategy team.[5] He also ran the 2016 All American 400 for David Gilliland.[6] Houff returned to the series on a limited basis in 2017.[7]

ARCA Racing Series

Houff teamed up with Mason Mitchell and his team to run the opening race of the 2017 ARCA Racing Series after a test at Daytona International Speedway.[8] After leading laps[9] and earning an award for leading at halfway,[10] he was caught up in a wreck.[11]

On January 8, 2018, Houff and Mason Mitchell Motorsports announced that they would run at least four races together in 2018, at Daytona, Pocono Raceway, Michigan International Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway. He will work together with Mark Setzer, his crew chief from his Xfinity Series races.[12]

Xfinity Series

Houff's No. 46 at Bristol Motor Speedway in 2017

On March 21, 2017, it was announced that Houff would drive two NASCAR Xfinity Series races for Precision Performance Motorsports, at Bristol Motor Speedway and Richmond International Raceway.[13] He tested for the races at Motor Mile Speedway.[14] At Bristol, Houff hovered around the top ten most of the day after a strong qualifying run but damage due to an incident with Ross Chastain dropped him to fifteenth.[15] After the race at Richmond, Houff signed on for two more races with the team, at Iowa Speedway and Kentucky Speedway.[16] He took advantage of good pit strategy at Iowa to score a career-best twelfth but spun during his qualifying lap at Kentucky and failed to qualify. He made starts at Kentucky and Kansas, finishing in the mid-20s.[17] He failed to qualify for his final scheduled start of the year, at Homestead.[18]

Houff was left without a ride as PPM shuttered its team at the end of the 2017 season.[19]

On September 7, 2018, it was announced that Houff would make his 2018 Xfinity debut with JD Motorsports' No. 4 entry at Richmond.[20] After finishing 31st in a one-off for the team, a deal came together on October 18, 2018 for Houff to run the final four races of the Xfinity Series season in the organization's No. 15 entry. The deal was made quickly, with Houff finalizing the deal and traveling to Kansas Speedway for the first race of the agreement on the same day.[21]

Cup Series

On January 22, 2019, Spire Motorsports announced Houff would drive the team's No. 77 on a part-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule starting at ISM Raceway.[22] Early estimates pegged the number of races at approximately half of the 36-race schedule.[23]

On November 27, 2019, StarCom Racing announced that Houff would drive the team's No. 00 on a full-time basis during the 2020 and 2021 seasons.[24]

At the 2020 O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas, Houff made a last-minute decision to enter pit-road with 29 laps to go, clipping the cars of Christopher Bell and Matt DiBenedetto in the process before crashing into the outside retaining wall. He was later on criticized by DiBenedetto and Brad Keselowski, who proposed that NASCAR should add a relegation structure that would demote developmental drivers to the lower divisions should they commit a mistake similar to Houff's.[25]

Personal life

Houff works with Duke University School of Medicine's cancer programs, as his mother was treated for cancer there. His grandmother also had cancer.[26]

Motorsports career results

NASCAR

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

Cup Series

NASCAR Cup Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 NCSC Pts Ref
2019 Spire Motorsports 77 Chevy DAY ATL LVS PHO
30
CAL MAR TEX BRI
32
RCH
34
TAL DOV
36
KAN
34
CLT
28
POC
29
MCH
32
SON CHI
38
KEN
34
NHA
31
POC
31
GLN TEX
33
PHO HOM 33rd 77 [27]
Premium Motorsports 15 Chevy DAY
37
27 MCH
31
BRI
30
DAR IND LVS RCH
35
CLT DOV TAL KAN MAR
2020 StarCom Racing 00 Chevy DAY
39
LVS
32
CAL
35
PHO
34
DAR
36
DAR
26
CLT
35
CLT
32
BRI
27
ATL
32
MAR
34
HOM
33
TAL
27
POC
40
POC
31
IND
23
KEN
35
TEX
34
KAN
24
NHA
32
MCH
27
MCH
32
DAY
33
DOV
33
DOV
34
DAY
23
DAR
31
RCH
32
BRI
29
LVS
34
TAL
13
CLT
28
KAN
33
TEX
33
MAR
33
PHO
39
33rd 214 [28]
Daytona 500
Year Team Manufacturer Start Finish
2020 StarCom Racing Chevrolet 35 39

Xfinity Series

NASCAR Xfinity Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 NXSC Pts Ref
2017 Precision Performance Motorsports 46 Chevy DAY ATL LVS PHO CAL TEX BRI
15
RCH
27
TAL CLT DOV POC MCH IOW
12
DAY KEN
DNQ
NHA IND IOW GLN MOH BRI ROA DAR RCH CHI KEN
27
DOV CLT KAN
22
TEX PHO HOM
DNQ
41st 82 [29]
2018 JD Motorsports 4 Chevy DAY ATL LVS PHO CAL TEX BRI RCH TAL DOV CLT POC MCH IOW CHI DAY KEN NHA IOW GLN MOH BRI ROA DAR IND LVS RCH
31
CLT DOV 49th 56 [30]
15 KAN
14
TEX
26
PHO
29
HOM
29

K&N Pro Series East

NASCAR K&N Pro Series East results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 NKNPSEC Pts Ref
2014 Ken Schrader Racing 52 Chevy NSM DAY BRI GRE RCH IOW BGS FFL LGY NHA COL IOW GLN VIR GRE
21
DOV 63rd 23 [31]

* Season still in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

ARCA Racing Series

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

ARCA Racing Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 ARSC Pts Ref
2017 Mason Mitchell Motorsports 98 Chevy DAY
28
NSH SLM TAL TOL ELK POC MCH MAD IOW IRP POC WIN ISF ROA DSF SLM CHI KEN KAN 115th 95 [32]
2018 DAY
32
NSH SLM TAL TOL CLT
6
POC MCH
8
MAD GTW CHI IOW ELK 34th 585 [33]
78 POC
21
ISF BLN DSF SLM IRP KAN

References

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