Landon Huffman to make series debut at Saturday's Berlin ARCA 200
Landon Huffman, a third-generation driver, will make his ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards debut driving for Venturini Motorsports in this Saturday's Berlin ARCA 200 at Berlin Raceway in Marne, Mich., Saturday on ASN.
Huffman, a native of Claremont, N.C., signed on with the team earlier this year and will drive the No. 15 Catawba Valley Reclamation Toyota for this single race event.
Huffman becomes the seventh different VMS driver to strap in behind the wheel of the 15 car this season, joining an impressive list of drivers to include William Byron, Christopher Bell, Matt Tifft, Dakota Armstrong, Christian Eckes and Cole Williams.
“This is truly one of the biggest highlights of my career so far,” said Huffman. “I’m humbled and thankful for the opportunity this coming weekend to drive for Venturini Motorsports. It’s been a long time coming ... there’s been a lot of great people who’ve helped me get to this point in my career. I can’t think of a better opportunity to show what I can do inside a racecar.”
Huffman credits Venturini Motorsports for helping him prepare for his first career ARCA start.
“I’ve traveled with Venturini Motorsports several times throughout the season and have spotted a couple of times," he said. "There’s no doubt this has been helpful. Getting to know the guys and getting a feel for how the team operates at the track has been a great experience. I’m really comfortable with everyone and feel well prepared for the weekend. Billy (Venturini) has been a huge help prepping me. I’m looking forward to seeing what I can do and just maybe I’ll be able to help end Chase Briscoe’s current ARCA Series winning streak.”
The 20-year-old Huffman is a full-time student studying marketing at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and comes from a strong racing pedigree. Huffman, son of former NASCAR driver Robert Huffman, has split his time behind the wheel this season racing in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series and the CARS Tour.
In his first career CARS Tour start in May, Huffman sat on the pole and finished fifth at Hickory Motor Speedway. Overall, in 13 events this season, he’s earned four top-five and 12 top-10 finishes.
Jeff McClure, who was the race winning crew chief for Christopher Bell in his first series start at Salem Speedway, will call the shots for Huffman at Berlin.
Story and photo courtesy ARCA Racing Series