BUSCH: Daytona: Shane Huffman preview

Huffman Set to Embark on 2007 Season in No. 88 Navy Chevrolet Shane Huffman will drive the JR Motorsports No. 88 Navy Accelerate Your Life Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS in Saturday's NASCAR Busch Series Orbitz 300 at Daytona ...

Huffman Set to Embark on 2007 Season in No. 88 Navy Chevrolet

Shane Huffman will drive the JR Motorsports No. 88 Navy Accelerate Your Life Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS in Saturday's NASCAR Busch Series Orbitz 300 at Daytona International Speedway.

Saturday's race will mark Huffman's first Busch Series race at the 2.5-mile tri-oval, but not his first event at the track. In 2000 he competed in the ARCA RE/MAX Series race. He started 21st and finished 20th.

The 2007 season will be Huffman's first full season of Busch Series competition. He has 11 previous starts in the series and scored his best career finish (fifth) last October in Memphis.

For the first race of the season, the JR Motorsports team will run Chassis No. JRM 020. It is a brand new chassis that the team tested at Daytona in January.

JR Motorsports kicked 2007 off by moving into a new, state-of-the-art 66,000-square foot facility in Mooresville, N.C. The new building is about four times the size of their previous location and consolidates all of the organization's operations under one roof. The retail store and fan experience are expected to open in time for the May races in Charlotte.

In addition to pre-season testing for the Busch Series, Huffman turned a number of laps in the No. 40 Key Motorsports Silverado during the Truck Series test at Daytona in January.

In 2006, Huffman competed in 10 Busch Series events for JR Motorsports in the Busch Series. In the final four races of the season he scored two top-10 finishes and led 17 laps at Phoenix International Raceway.

Shane Huffman, Driver, No. 88 Navy Accelerate Your Life Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS

"Last season ended too soon for this Navy team. We were definitely on a roll there at the end of the year and plan to carry that momentum into the 2007 season. Wes (Ward, crew chief) and my Navy team have built a stable full of great cars and I'm confident we're going to run up front on a consistent basis this year.

"In January we brought a brand new car down to Daytona for testing, worked out all of the bugs and made our way up to the top of the board. We're bringing the same car back this weekend and we're ready to kick off the new season with a great finish."

Wes Ward, Crew Chief, No. 88 Navy Accelerate Your Life Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS

"Saturday will be Shane's first restrictor-plate race. Points wise, we need to concentrate on finishing the race, but I think we have a shot at finishing in the top five. It's all about timing at Daytona. I think it'll be hard for Shane to find drafting partners at the beginning of the race, but if we're in the right position at the end, I think he'll be able to find some help."

Navy Notables

The fleet honoree for Saturday's race at Daytona International Speedway will be the Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron 15. HS-15 was commissioned in Oct. 1971 at Naval Station Lakehurst, N.J. As an element of Carrier Air Wing 17, HS-15 has deployed aboard seven East Coast carriers. HS-15 recently returned from Kuwait following an unprecedented 11-month ground deployed SECDEF-directed Air Ambulance mission. As the first-ever Navy Air Ambulance squadron, HS-15 executed 150 medevac missions. Despite the high operational tempo HS-15 was named to the Commander Fleet Forces Command Retention Honor Roll for the Fourth Quarter of Fiscal Year 2006 and received the Fiscal Year 2006 Retention Award.

-credit: jr motorsports

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Shane Huffman
Teams JRM Racing , JR Motorsports