Quin Houff and the Post-Race Darlington Wheelchair Pit Stop

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By Sarah Handy, Staff Writer

Race for 500 miles? Check. Post-race wheelchair pit-stop to help a buddy out? Check. That’s exactly that StarCom Racing’s Quin Houff did following Sunday evening’s Cook Out Southern 500 from Darlington Raceway.

The Story

Aaron Grosskopf attended Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series Cook Out Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway as a guest of one of his good friends, Quin Houff. Sunday’s race was the first time that Aaron had his new electric wheelchair at a race.

Grosskopf who has known Houff for two years now helps the driver out with his social media graphics and website as well. Following the race, a bolt that holds on one of the wheelchair’s wheels fell off, luckily for Aaron, someone noticed it.

Que StarCom Racing’s Quin Houff.

Houff had been in his StarCom Racing team hauler, but he dropped everything and immediately came to the assistance of his good friend. Houff got on the ground and started the wheelchair pit stop to fix the wheel, no questions asked.

(Photo Credit: Ryan Daley)

“I started helping him with iRacing with their being no practice it became more important than ever, and it has turned into one of the best friendships I have ever had, said Grosskopf. “Quin’s family has really taken me in as well. He deserves a place in this sport. I will help him in any way I can, and keep doing so as long as I can.”

Quin Houff on the Pit Stop  

“Aaron has become a good friend of mine over the past two years. I met him through iRacing during the COVID shut down. He was a big part in setting up the StarCom fan race where myself and the owners ran Talladega with fans on iRacing,” explained Houff.

Since then, he has become a big part in Houff’s development on the sim in preparation of races each week. Additionally, he has also become [more] involved working on Houff’s websites and graphics for his social media channels.

Houff told Kickin’ the Tires that their friendship has really grown along the way. He also noted that it’s important for him to get Aaron out to at least one race a year. “Luckily a great friend of us both Ryan [Daley] (Our paint scheme designer) plays a big part in helping to transport him to and from the racetrack. This year was extra special as it was his first race with a motorized chair. We were all [super] excited for him to try out.

After the race was over my emotions were high after a grueling Southern 500 race. But as soon as I walked out of the hauler and saw Aaron’s chair have issues, instinctually, I dropped everything and went to helping him. Looking back on it and seeing Ryan’s tweet of the “wheelchair pitstop” in action, it kind of humbled me.”

(Photo Credit: Aaron Grosskopf / Facebook)

“As a reminder no matter what happens on track or what kind of day you had, you always take care of those around you,” said Houff. “Because at the end of the day; I don’t make it to where I am or who I am without the people that support me and believe in me.” 

Next Race 

The next race for Houff in the StarCom Racing No.00 Chevrolet will be this Saturday evening as the NASCAR Cup Series visits Richmond Raceway. Houff will roll off the starting grid in 35th. The Federated Auto Parts 400 Salute to First Responders can be seen on NBCSN at 7:30PM Eastern. 

Feature Photo Credit: Nigel Kinrade Photography / NKP Photo 

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Sarah Handy
A native of Rhode Island, and not growing up in a family that followed much racing, she watched it on occasion as a youngster, but her passion for the sport truly came to light around 2002-2003. Sarah currently attends Southern New Hampshire University and is slated to graduate in October of this year. At that time, she will have earned a bachelor’s degree in Communications with a concentration in Public Relations. In 2016, after starting her own blog not to much avail, Sarah was approached to join Rubbings Racing as a Staff Writer. She went on to spend about three years writing for the outlet and helping manage their social media accounts. Following her time with Rubbings Racing, Sarah went on to join Kickin’ the Tires in May of 2019 with this year being her second full season with the outlet. Her favorite tracks include her home track of New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Martinsville Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway to name a few. In addition to her racing work with Kickin’ the Tires, Sarah is also in charge of Marketing Outreach for NASCAR Xfinity Series and Cup Series driver, Ryan Ellis. When not at the racetrack, she enjoys reading, running, soccer and hanging out with her friends. .

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