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Landon Huffman is making the soar from the birthplace of NASCAR Stars to the World Middle of Racing later this month.
Hoffman, 26, of Claremont, North Carolina, will flip his first lap across the 2.5-mile Daytona Worldwide Speedway Jan. 13-14 when the ARCA Menards Collection returns to the well-known supertrack for its annual pre-race observe.
Heading to Daytona with essentially the most well-known Mullins Racing take away from its first NASCAR Advance Auto Components Weekly Collection Division I Championship at Hickory Motor Speedway.
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“I by no means thought I would be doing the rounds in Daytona, so it is simply unbelievable,” Hoffman mentioned. who has two former ARCA Menards Collection begins throughout his profession. “It’s each short-track racer’s dream to run laps at Daytona. My dad had a quote, which I exploit on my podcast as a part of my intro, that after his first race at Daytona he mentioned, ‘It doesn’t matter if you happen to’re racing a go-kart, Or a slot automotive, or a crosswalk, I gained at Daytona.”
Huffman claimed his first championship at Hickory Motor Speedway in September. His father, Robert Hoffman, gained two championships at Hickory within the late Eighties earlier than profitable 5 within the NASCAR Goody’s Sprint Collection.
“I’ve needed a championship at Hickory since I began my driving profession in 2010,” mentioned Huffman. “My dad gained two of them and went on to do even greater issues. Having my title on the wall subsequent to his is an achievement I really feel very happy with. I grew up racing at Hickory, my dad noticed him run many races there, and he watched my grandfather race there many occasions too. It is a household custom and I Proud to maintain transferring ahead.”
Husband and spouse, co-owners of Mullins Racing Willie and Dinah Mullins, got here to Hickory Motor Speedway final summer time to observe Huffman race. They grew to become quick associates and the 2 quickly reached an settlement for Hoffman to drive certainly one of Mullins Racing’s automobiles at Daytona in ARCA pre-race observe.
“I used to be associates on-line with Dinah and Willie,” Hoffman recalled. “They got here down and watched me race at Hickory, we received all the way down to the pits and we actually hit it off. I actually respect how they race, we will relate on so many ranges, relying on the cash we spend versus our opponents, they’re a household staff and so they do loads of that themselves, loads of respect Mutual. They’ve completed an important job constructing their program. Anytime I get to work with folks like that, it is a good alternative.”
Hoffman hopes to compete in a couple of ARCA Menards Collection races for Mullins Racing someday this season.
“You by no means know what may occur,” Hoffman mentioned. “There’s a likelihood we’ve got to cancel a race or two however it’s a matter of financing. If we keep heading in the right direction there could also be some alternatives that come up, however we’re simply going to take it one step in the intervening time.”
Along with being a race automotive driver, Hoffmann additionally has a big social media presence. This features a standard YouTube channel the place he chronicles his life as a weekly contestant.
“I have not completed a podcast in a couple of years, and I simply began one referred to as Huffman Racing Radio and it is going very well,” Huffman defined. “My YouTube channel helps me get sponsors and I tie all my content material efforts collectively. Final season was my first full yr of vlogging and I’ve grown from over 2,000 subscribers to over 15,000 now and over 1.5 million views in 2022. We’re main the cost.” Issues are on the short-track entrance on the subject of YouTube content material. I’ve bought loads of merchandise and introduced in some new companions.”
Huffman is certainly one of 5 drivers who will probably be driving for Mullins Racing throughout ARCA pre-race observe at Daytona in January, and Willie Mullins, who completed second at Daytona in 2018, is happy to have Huffman as a part of the staff.
Along with Huffman, Willie Mullins, Kayla Surles and Brayton Luster will be a part of Mullins Racing for Daytona pre-race observe, with a fifth driver but to be confirmed.
“We’re very excited to convey Landon into the fold,” mentioned Mullins. “The group of drivers we’ve got assembled isn’t solely nice on observe, but additionally nice off the observe. We embrace large personalities, and this class isn’t missing on this division. Every of our drivers has created their very own wonderful on-line presence.”
ARCA Menards Collection pre-race observe is scheduled to happen at Daytona Worldwide Speedway January 13-14 from 10 a.m. to five p.m. EST every day.