FORMER USAR HOOTERS PRO CUP CHAMPION SHANE HUFFMAN SELECTED AS CREW CHIEF FOR TRAVIS MILLER VETERAN USAR, NASCAR DRIVER AND CREWMEMBER TO GUIDE FORTUNES OF NO. 81N PETE KNIGHT RACING CHEVY Mooresville, NC (June 25, 2008) -- Pete Knight Racing...
FORMER USAR HOOTERS PRO CUP CHAMPION SHANE HUFFMAN SELECTED AS CREW CHIEF FOR TRAVIS MILLER
VETERAN USAR, NASCAR DRIVER AND CREWMEMBER TO GUIDE FORTUNES OF NO. 81N PETE KNIGHT RACING CHEVY
Mooresville, NC (June 25, 2008) -- Pete Knight Racing announced today that veteran racer Shane Huffman has returned to the organization as crew chief for the No. 81n USAR Hooters Pro Cup entry driven by Travis Miller.
"Pete and I put the deal together in December, 2004," said Huffman. "The first time I came to Pete, it was in a different role as a driver. We had a lot of success together in 2005 and that led to an opportunity for me to drive for Jr. Motorsports. It was tough to leave PKR. I had moved to Summerville, SC and we ran the team out of Pete's shops there. Pete and I became really close. It was all about business the first time I left. It was never personal. I can honestly say Pete is one of the best friends I have. When this opportunity came about, I knew it was for me. It's the right time in my life to do my own thing as a crew chief. "
A two-time USAR Southern Division champion and the sanctioning organization's National Champion in 2003, Huffman's crew chief duties will see him take control of the PKR Northern Division entry. He most recently served as a car chief in the NASCAR Nationwide Series for Rusty Wallace, Inc.
In addition to making sure the cars are what they need to be at each event, Huffman will lend valuable experience in tutoring the 20-year-old Miller.
"I was fortunate to work with some really good people at Rusty's and I learned a lot," stated Huffman. "I had a great job there. I feel like I was an asset to their efforts and I know Rusty, Steven and everyone there feels that way. On Saturday, before my last race at Kentucky, they said that if I ever needed a job, I'd have one. That made me feel pretty good. I feel like I had always been pretty smart with my own race cars, but what I've learned there should help Travis a lot. I think I can give him the car and advice he needs to get around the racetrack."
After a flashy late model career that began at age 15, Miller graduated to the USAR [Mansfield%20Track%20Angle%2011.jpg] Hooters Pro Cup ranks in 2005 and posted a career best sixth-place finish at Shenandoah before having to park his racing ambitions due to financial limitations midway through the 2006 season.
Now, after a year and a half layoff, the Chesapeake, VA native has secured a seat in the potent PKR team car of USAR Southern Division point's leader Mark McFarland. In three races, Miller has run in well with his best finish coming at South Boston where he finished 14th.
According to Miller, the addition of Huffman is just another piece in the puzzle needed to put the team in winning contention.
"Just about every track we're going to race at is a place where Shane has either won or has run well at," said Miller. "He's one of the smartest drivers out there in terms of knowing about the car and what it needs. He's already been teaching me a lot about that this week in the shop. He's been real patient with me. We've been going through our cars and we're going to do some things he wants to do. We're going to test at Salem Friday and I'm really looking forward to that. I think he and I working together at the track is going to be a big advantage to me. Shane knows what he's doing, I'm going to take his advice both on and off the track to heart."
In announcing Huffman's return, Knight indicatedthe veteran driverwill also get a chance to get back behind the wheel of a PKR entry in select NASCAR Camping World East Series events later this season.
"I still want to race," said Huffman,a Hickory, NC native. "That's going to be a part of my role here. At Rusty's, there was very little chance I was going to be able to drive a Nationwide car. The fact that Pete presented this opportunity to get back in the seat for some Camping World East Series events sealed the deal for me.
"Don't get me wrong, the crew chief situation with the 81 North car is my primary focus. But I still think I can race, so being able to do that and apply what I learn to what I am doing with Travis and our cars will be a big benefit to the entire program."
Huffman will debut on top of the PKR pit box this weekend when Miller and the No. 81n Pete Knight Racing Chevy take the green flag in the Greased Lightning 250 at Salem Speedway. The green flag is set for 7:30 p.m.