Earlier today, startup NASCAR Cup team, Spire Motorsports tapped Quin Houff to drive several races throughout this season in the No.77 Chevy.
Right now, Houff will make his Cup debut at ISM Raceway during March in Arizona.
But the rest of the races he will compete hasn’t been decided at this stage.
This announcement comes after Spire signed up Jamie McMurray to drive the No.40 Chevy for next month’s Daytona 500 in conjunction with Chip Ganassi Racing.
At the same time, it’ll be the occasion when McMurray gets to finish off his NASCAR career at the 500 before moving onto management with CGR as well as taking a commentary role within FOX’s NASCAR coverage.
Who is Quin Houff?
He’s a 21 years old racer who hails from Weyers Cave, Virginia having raced in the lower levels for years:
CARS Super Late Model
ARCA Racing Series
NASCAR K&N Pro Series East
NASCAR XFINITY Series
So he’s not with a big corporate sponsor having raced with support from family and local businesses to help achieve his goals.
CARS Super Late Models
Houff built his reputation from the ground up when he first ran in CARS Super Late models between 2015-16 (full-time).
In his first year, he began off slow and steady during the first four race before Houff won at Tri-Country Speedway.
Going into the second half of that season, Houff made three straight Top 5s and four consecutive Top 10s.
Overall, Houff finished 4th in the standings with 251 points with:
- One Win
- Five Top 5
- Seven Top 10
In 2016, he still competed in CARS Super Late Model, but for seven out of ten races.
He fired off the opening season well with a win before he made four consecutive sound Top 10s & ended off the year in 3rd at Concord Speedway.
Houff only had one outside Top 10 finish in 21st during the penultimate season at Rougemont.
Regarding the Championship Standings, Houff came home 6th with one win, three Top 5 & six Top 10 on 182 points.
NASCAR XFINITY & ARCA career
In 2017, Houff raced for a couple of events in the NASCAR XFINITY Series for Precision Performance Motorsports.
Pretty safe to say that Houff did perform well even though this team has a limited budget.
The Bristol NXS debut back in April looked impressive in 15th from 21st despite going into contact with Ross Chastain during the race.
If the incident didn’t happen, then Houff would’ve achieved even higher towards the Top 10 mark.
Going into July during a standalone round at Iowa, Houff came home in 12th from 27th.
At the end of 2017, Precision Performance Motorsports had to shut down to return to sports car racing which did make sense for them financially.
From there, he did compete for a couple of ARCA Racing Series events.
Out of his four-race stint, he made back to back Top 10s in Charlotte (6th) & Michigan (8th).
Later during 2018, JD Motorsports tapped Houff for five races where he made another Top 15 finish this time in 14th at Kansas Speedway.
It’s great to see a NASCAR-based talent management agency who used to look after top-level clients take a punt on Houff.
Even though it’s only a stint that goes for half a season, it’s best for Houff to take his time and see where he can go from there.
Yes, only a whole lot of money can help Houff lock in a seat for the entire season which he couldn’t bring.
But starting with Spire is just the beginning as Houff brings plenty of talent to make this new Cup team flow.
So don’t expect anything significant just yet as the natural Top 20-25 finishes would be a great way to start.
And if Houff can rack up an occasional Top 10-15 on the way, then it’ll only be a matter of time before an established team gives him a chance and follow into the footsteps such as fellow Spire client Ross Chastain & Ryan Preece.
Overall, Spire did a great job giving youngsters a chance who doesn’t have a lot of money like Houff.
It’s all about demonstrating talent on the race track in which everyone agrees 100%.
For now, race fans will check on Spire & Houff’s progress in the No.77 Chevy through this year.
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