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Landon Huffman is making the leap from the birthplace of NASCAR Stars to the World Heart 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 Sequence returns to the well-known supertrack for its annual pre-race follow.
Heading to Daytona with essentially the most well-known Mullins Racing take away from its first NASCAR Advance Auto Elements Weekly Sequence 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 Sequence begins throughout his profession. “It’s each short-track racer’s dream to run laps at Daytona. My dad had a quote, which I take advantage of on my podcast as a part of my intro, that after his first race at Daytona he mentioned, ‘It doesn’t matter should you’re racing a go-kart, Or a slot automobile, 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 Nineteen Eighties earlier than profitable 5 within the NASCAR Goody’s Sprint Sequence.
“I’ve wished 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 shifting ahead.”
Husband and spouse, co-owners of Mullins Racing Willie and Dinah Mullins, got here to Hickory Motor Speedway final summer season to observe Huffman race. They grew to become quick mates and the 2 quickly reached an settlement for Hoffman to drive one in every of Mullins Racing’s vehicles at Daytona in ARCA pre-race follow.
“I used to be mates on-line with Dinah and Willie,” Hoffman recalled. “They got here down and watched me race at Hickory, we acquired right down to the pits and we actually hit it off. I actually respect how they race, we are able to relate on so many ranges, relying on the cash we spend versus our rivals, they’re a household crew and so they do a whole lot of that themselves, a whole lot of respect Mutual. They’ve carried out an ideal job constructing their program. Anytime I get to work with folks like that, it is a good alternative.”
Hoffman hopes to compete in just a few ARCA Menards Sequence races for Mullins Racing someday this season.
“You by no means know what may occur,” Hoffman mentioned. “There’s a likelihood we’ve 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 for the time being.”
Along with being a race automobile driver, Hoffmann additionally has a big social media presence. This features a well-liked YouTube channel the place he chronicles his life as a weekly contestant.
“I have not carried out a podcast in just a few years, and I simply began one referred to as Huffman Racing Radio and it is going rather 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 12 months 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 a whole lot of merchandise and introduced in some new companions.”
Huffman is one in every of 5 drivers who might be driving for Mullins Racing throughout ARCA pre-race follow at Daytona in January, and Willie Mullins, who completed second at Daytona in 2018, is worked up to have Huffman as a part of the crew.
Along with Huffman, Willie Mullins, Kayla Surles and Brayton Luster will be part of Mullins Racing for Daytona pre-race follow, 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 assembled isn’t solely nice on monitor, but in addition nice off the monitor. We embrace large personalities, and this class isn’t missing on this division. Every of our drivers has created their very own superb on-line presence.”
ARCA Menards Sequence pre-race follow is scheduled to happen at Daytona Worldwide Speedway January 13-14 from 10 a.m. to five p.m. EST every day.