Quin Houff 2020 Cup Series season preview

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By Sarah Handy, Staff Writer

As the NASCAR Cup Series season approaches, Kickin’ the Tires takes a look at Rookie Quin Houff the driver of the No. 00 for StarCom Racing.

Houff will pilot the No. 00 Chevrolet for both the 2020 and 2021 NASCAR Cup Series seasons.

In addition, 2020 will make him a part of a large and very talented rookie class of drivers including; Christopher Bell, Tyler Reddick, Brennan Poole, Cole Custer and John-Hunter Nemechek.

StarCom Racing will be going into their third-full time season at NASCAR’s highest level and the team previously stated they have high expectations heading into 2020.

“I am pleased to have young and passionate driver, Quin Houff, to continue his progression in the NASCAR Cup Series,” said team manager Derrike Cope.

“He is a delightful, quick-witted young man that is eager to finally showcase his talents and race in his first Daytona 500!”

Houff, a Virginia native made his NASCAR Cup Series debut at Phoenix Raceway last spring in the No. 77 for Spire Motorsports, finishing 30th in his debut.

He went on to make 16 more starts at the Cup level last season for both Spire Motorsports and Premium Motorsports.

Overall, Houff’s best finish of 2019 was a 28th place finish in the Coca-Cola 600 last May.

In addition, the 22-year old made 10 starts in the NASCAR Xfinity Series between 2017 and 2018. He went on to earn a career best finish at Iowa Speedway in 2017 when he finished 12th.

At the end of November, Houff stated his excitement in a team press release on joining StarCom Racing full-time in the NASCAR Cup Series.

“I’m very excited to become a part of the StarCom Racing family,” said Houff. “This is the chance of a lifetime to be able to become a full-time NASCAR cup driver and to turn my childhood dream into a reality.

February’s Daytona 500 will be Houff’s first of his career, but his second start at the 2.5-mile Superspeedway.

Last July, he raced in the Coke Zero Sugar 400, finishing 37th.

The NASCAR Cup Series season opener Daytona 500 will take place on Sunday February 16 at 2:30 p.m. live on Fox.

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