By Luis Torres, Staff Writer
Quin Houff will replace veteran Landon Cassill in the No. 00 StarCom Racing Chevrolet full-time in the NASCAR Cup Series.
The team announced Wednesday that Houff’s deal is two years, but still has a commitment to Cassill which they’ll intended to honor with further details at a later date.
Cassill scored two top-15 finishes this season with an 11th in the Daytona 500 and 14th in the fall Talladega race, both results being the team’s best to date.
Despite this, SCR Team Manager Derrike Cope said bringing Houff is part of a long-term effort that includes the new car slated to come out in 2021.
“In our efforts to continue the progression of StarCom Racing, we have many plans for building the team in 2020 and being prepared for the introduction of the Next Gen car,” Cope said. “I am pleased to have young and passionate driver, Quin Houff, to continue his progression in the NASCAR Cup Series. He is a delightful, quick-witted young man that is eager to finally showcase his talents and race in his first Daytona 500!”
Houff said he’s excited to be a part of the team that’ll be entering its third full-time season and their second with a charter after getting it from Richard Childress Racing last December.
“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,” Houff said. “I can’t thank those that were involved throughout my career enough; especially my family and sponsors! I also would like to thank StarCom Racing for this opportunity. I am looking forward to building a reputation and experience alongside this young fast-growing team at the top level of motorsports.”
The 22-year-old ran 17 Cup races this season in the No. 77 Chevrolet for Spire and Premium Motorsports, scoring his best finish of 28th in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte.
Prior to 2019, Houff made 10 starts in the NASCAR Xfinity Series where an impressive 15th for Rick Gdovic in his debut at Bristol showcased promise. The following year, he finished a career-high 14th for JD Motorsports at Kansas.