RICHMOND, VA (May 1, 2017) – Quin Houff and Precision Performance Motorsports competed in their second career NASCAR Xfinity Series race together on Saturday at Richmond International Raceway. The team needed to qualify for the race on speed and did so in the final minutes of qualifying and parlayed that effort into a 27th place finish at the conclusion of the race distance.
Quin and the PPM team took most of the first practice for the rookie driver to acclimate himself to the .750-mile layout, one of the biggest tracks of his career. By the end of the second practice, the team bolted on new tires for a mock qualifying run which shot them to the sixth spot at the conclusion of practice, a much-needed confidence booster for the young driver.
For only the second time in Quin’s career, he made a cold-turkey qualifying attempt on Saturday morning, meaning he had no track time in the car since Friday’s practice sessions. At one point, he was once again in position to transfer to the second round like he did in Bristol, but additional runs by competitors knocked him down in the order and a second run was needed to lock him into the field.
As the race stages played out, the Mark Setzer-led team made a handful of strategy calls to maximize Quin’s race effort. Unfortunately, late-race caution flags and on-track excitement did not play out exactly how the team had hoped. Despite the misfortune, the No. 46 car ended the day in 27th place with an intact machine and a happy driver.
“I definitely had another great weekend with PPM,” Quin said after the race. “All weekend, we worked hard getting me comfortable with the track and dialing the car in. To end practice sixth on the board was a great accomplishment on Saturday, and then to come back and run half a second faster in qualifying was a true testament to our hard work paying off.
“Even though circumstances didn’t play out for us in the race, we have nothing to hang our heads about,” he continued. “We have been ‘the little team who could’ these past two weeks and I hope more opportunities will come up to drive the No. 46 Chevrolet. It’s been a blessing to live the dream I have been chasing since I was eight years old. I also can’t thank all my family, friends, and fans enough for all the support. It’s been an amazing last two weeks.”
While Quin hopes to compete in more NASCAR Xfinity Series events, nothing has been solidified for the future and additional events will rely heavily on additional support and sponsorship. Interested parties may contact J.R. Longley at Performance Marketing Group at firstname.lastname@example.org.