BUSCH: Texas II: Shane Huffman preview

Huffman and Navy Team Ready to Take on Texas Shane Huffman will drive the JR Motorsports's No. 88 Navy Accelerate Your Life Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS in Saturday's NASCAR Busch Series O'Reilly Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway. Saturday's race...

Huffman and Navy Team Ready to Take on Texas

Shane Huffman will drive the JR Motorsports's No. 88 Navy Accelerate Your Life Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS in Saturday's NASCAR Busch Series O'Reilly Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway.

Saturday's race will mark Huffman's first trip to the 1.5-mile track and his eighth Busch race of the season. It will be his third race on a 1.5-mile track. He finished 21st at Kansas Speedway in October and a wreck relegated Huffman to a 39th-place finish at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

Huffman will participate in an autograph session at the U.S. Navy's display at Texas Motor Speedway from 9:30 -- 10 a.m. on Saturday.

In addition to running the Busch Series race at Texas Motor Speedway, Huffman will also drive the No. 40 Key Motorsports Chevrolet in the Silverado 350k on Friday night. Huffman also drove a truck for the team two weeks ago at Martinsville Speedway. He started 24th and ran as high as 15th before the engine expired, relegating Huffman to a 35th-place finish.

In the last Busch Series race at Memphis Motorsports Park, Huffman started third and finished fifth. The effort marked the team's best start of the season and Huffman's career-best finish in the Busch Series.

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

"I've never been to Texas before. The closest I've gotten to staying in Texas was spending a night on the USS Texas (U.S. Navy submarine) a couple weeks ago.

"Getting some extra seat time in the Key Motorsports truck will be a big help when I get into our Navy Chevrolet on Friday. I'll have logged a good number of laps on the track in the truck before I get into our Busch car, so I won't have to spend the first hour of practice trying to get acclimated. I'm glad the Navy, JR Motorsports and Key Motorsports are all giving me the opportunity to gain additional experience."

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

"Everything is big in Texas. Some people think that Texas is fairly similar to Charlotte, but it's not. There are a few bumps in the surface that have developed in the last couple years. It tends to be a one-groove track until the race begins and then cars start moving up. The track requires downforce and mechanical grip. Shane will do well there and we'll bring home a good finish in the Navy Chevrolet."

Navy Notables

The fleet honoree for Saturday's race at Texas Motor Speedway is the Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 23. A unit of the Naval Construction Force, NMCB 23 is one of 12 Reserve "Seabee" battalions that provide responsive military construction support to Navy, Marine Corps and other forces in military operations. The battalions are able to work and defend themselves at construction sites outside of their base camp and convoy through unsecured areas. In times of emergency or disaster, NMCBs conduct disaster control and recovery operations. NMCB 23 provides peacetime administration and training of Navy reservists at 12 detachments located across Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, North Carolina and the District of Columbia. NMCB 23 is a commissioned unit staffed with construction ratings and support personnel.

-credit: jr motorsports

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Shane Huffman
Teams JR Motorsports