MONTGOMERY, AL (Sept. 12, 2016) – Entering Sunday’s Southern Super Series Alabama 200, Quin Houff had high expectations for the event. However, the racing gods had other ideas, sending mechanical gremlins to the No. 98 BeatinCancerWithDuke.org Toyota and forcing him into a 19th place finish in his first event with David Gilliland Racing.
Houff spent most his practice time learning his new crew and the Performancenter Chassis cars that are fielded by DGR. By the final practice, Houff found the speed necessary to contend for the win and ended the session as the fourth fastest car on the property. He laid down a top ten qualifying effort and came to the green flag in ninth.
Soon after the race began, Houff experienced electrical issues with his machine, sending him to pit road for repairs before the one-quarter mark of the race. The David Gilliland Racing crew discovered a faulty coil wire and worked to send Houff back into the fray as quickly as possible. Once back on track, Houff decided to use the race as a test session with the team, learning his car and its long run characteristics in preparation for their next race. No sooner than he was back on track, another mechanical issue surfaced in the rear suspension, sidelining Houff for the day with a 19th place finish.
“We had a coil wire burn out on us and, as simple as it sounds, went down like 35 laps trying to get it diagnosed and repaired,” Houff remarked after the race. “We had to move the trailer outside so it took us a little bit to find one since everyone’s was outside of the track. Then, we got back out and soon had a lower trailing arm mount expire on us and bring us back in. It ended our night. It was terrible luck, no one’s fault, you just can’t predict any of that stuff. But we can definitely build on it, and I got some experience with the car and the crew under my belt now to take with me.”
Houff’s next scheduled event with David Gilliland Racing will be October 1-2 at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville for the 32nd Annual All-American 400. It will be his first time to the famed .596-mile oval and his first crack at winning the legendary guitar.
For more information about Quin, explore his website at www.QuinHouff.com. He can also be found on social media such as Facebook (/QuinHouffMotorsports), Twitter (@p1_houff) and Instagram (@p1_houff).