Young’s Motorsports | ARCA Menards Series East
Five Flags (Fla.) Speedway | Pensacola 200 Fast Facts
No. 02 Young’s Motorsports Team:
Driver: Leland Honeyman Jr.
Primary Partner(s): LH Waterfront Construction
Manufacturer: Chevrolet SS
Crew Chief: Andrew Abbott
Engine: Ilmor Racing Technologies
Notes of Interest:
Welcome To The Team: Teenager Late Model sensation Leland Honeyman Jr. has joined Young’s Motorsports for the 2022 ARCA Menards Series East season.
Honeyman will run the No. 02 LH Waterfront Construction Chevrolet for the entire seven-race series continuing with Saturday night’s Pensacola 200 at Five Flags (Fla.) Speedway.
In addition to ARCA, Honeyman is slated to make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut this fall for the Mooresville, N.C.-based Young’s Motorsports team.
Super Debut: In the 2022 ARCA Menards Series East season-opener, Honeyman Jr. turned heads with nearly a flawless performance aboard the No. 02 LH Waterfront Construction Chevrolet.
After qualifying fourth, Honeyman contended for the lead and eventual victory but a late-race restart kept the teenage phenom at bay in fourth when the checkered flag fell.
The finish was a career-best ARCA Menards Series result for the Mooresville, N.C.-based team in either the premier or ARCA Menards Series East divisions.
Just The Facts: Honeyman, 16, aligns with the Mooresville, N.C.-based team after a successful 2021 season competing in the Carolina Pro Late Model Series, where he earned championship-runner up honors and picked up an astounding victory in the annual Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway Fall Brawl.
The Phoenix, Ariz. native began honing his racing skills at the tender age of two racing Quads. By four years old, he moved into Trophy Karts and then subsequently collected three series championships in off-road racing Trophy Karts.
After an instrumental tenure in Go Karts, he moved into Bandolero competition in 2015 and two years later was crowned a Bandolero National Champion. From there, he moved into Limited Late Models before graduating to the Carolina Pro Late Model Series division in 2021.
To The Point(s): Entering Pensacola, Honeyman Jr. sits fourth in the championship standings.
Nine points separate him from first in the championship standings currently held by Sammy Smith with six races remaining this season. Just three points separate Honeyman Jr. from second in the championship standings occupied by Taylor Gray.
Young’s Motorsports’ No. 02 team also secures fourth in the ARCA Menards Series East owner standings.
Thankful For You: LH Waterfront Construction will serve as the primary marketing of Honeyman’s No. 02 Chevrolet for his rookie campaign in the ARCA Menards Series East.
Since 1995, LH Waterfront Construction has been building custom homes and performing remodels at the highest level.
Calling The Shots: Guiding Honeyman as crew chief of the No. 02 LH Waterfront Construction Chevrolet is veteran crew chief Andrew Abbott.
Abbott returns to the Young’s Motorsports team after serving as crew chief in the NASCAR Xfinity Series for Sam Hunt Racing.
With over 179 combined starts as crew chief in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and Xfinity Series, Abbott has five top-five and 18 top-10 finishes, including a top-five finish most recently at Richmond (Va.) Raceway with John Hunter Nemechek in September 2021.
Five Flags will officially mark Abbott’s second career race under the ARCA banner.
Young’s Motorsports ARCA Program: A staple in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Mooresville, N.C.-based Young’s Motorsports will begin their second season of ARCA competition in 2022.
Last year, the organization expanded its platform to include the NASCAR-owned ARCA Menards Series.
Throughout the premier ARCA Menards Series and ARCA Menards Series East seasons, Young’s Motorsports participated in 12 races overall with a best finish of
fourth at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway with rookie driver Leland Honeyman Jr.
The team also earned a top-10 in their ARCA East debut at Dover (Del.) International Speedway with driver Connor Mosack in 2021.
In all, Young’s Motorsports has delivered one top-five, two top-10s, five top-15s and 11 top-20 finishes.
Follow on Social Media: For more on Leland Honeyman Jr., please visit LelandHoneymanRacing.com, like him on Facebook (Leland Honeyman Racing) and follow on Instagram (@lelandhoneymanjr) and Twitter (@lelandhoneyman3).
Leland Honeyman Jr. Pre-Race Quotes:
Thoughts about Five Flags this week: “Our Young’s Motorsports No. 02 LH Waterfront Construction Chevrolet team has a lot of momentum right now, especially after our strong showing at New Smyrna.
“It’s important for us to keep building on that momentum and inch towards Victory Lane. With only six races left in the season, it’s important to keep our eye on the prizes and keep the championship points lead within our reach and that will only happen with another strong finish on Saturday night.”
Thoughts about New Smyrna: “As an organization, I really think we impressed a lot of teams at New Smyrna. I was proud to deliver Young’s Motorsports their career-best finish in ARCA East competition at such a demanding race like New Smyrna.
“I really cannot thank Tyler (Young, team principal), Andrew (Abbott, crew chief) and the entire Young’s Motorsports team for their hard work.”
Thoughts about the upcoming 2022 season: “There is obviously pressure to perform. I want to prove that I have what it takes to not only be an excellent ARCA Menards Series driver – but doing everything I can to be prepared for my NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut later in the year.
“For me, it’s one race at a time. Winning obviously is the goal, but making sure we get the best finish possible out of our No. 02 LH Waterfront Construction Chevrolet is my top priority.”
The Pensacola 200(200 laps | 100 miles) is the second of seven races on the 2022 ARCA Menards Series East schedule. Practice begins for the one-day show on Saturday, March 19th from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ARCA Menards Series East General Tire pole qualifying will begin a short time later at 4:30 p.m. The event will take the green flag just after 7:00 p.m. (8:00 p.m. ET) with live television coverage on FloRacing and taped delay coverage on the USA Network. All times are local (CT).