Young’s Moves Into Xfinity Series With Honeyman

Leland Honeyman Jr. will race in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this year with Young's Motorsports. (Jacob Kupferman/ARCA Racing photo)

MOORESVILLE, N.C. – Young’s Motorsports will step up in the NASCAR garage this season, announcing plans to expand into the NASCAR Xfinity Series with driver Leland Honeyman Jr.

Honeyman will take the wheel of the No. 42 entry and tackle the full Xfinity Series schedule, starting with the United Rentals 300 at Daytona (Fla.) Int’l Speedway on Feb. 17.

Now 18, Honeyman contested the full ARCA Menards Series East season with Young’s Motorsports in 2022, tallying three top fives, five top 10s, and one pole award in seven races en route to a third-place finish in the point standings.

Last year, Honeyman competed in select Xfinity Series races with Alpha Prime Racing, earning three lead-lap finishes and a best result of 21st at the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL during a learning season for the young Phoenix, Ariz., native.

Honeyman, who will turn 19 less than a week after the Daytona season opener, is eager to return to full-time competition and chase success alongside team principal Tyler Young.

“In 2024, I’m thrilled to be racing full-time for Young’s Motorsports in their newly launched Xfinity team,” said Honeyman. “Joining them as they enter this exciting series, I’m confident about our collective potential for the upcoming season.

“The prospect of racing full time in Xfinity adds an extra layer of excitement, and I can’t wait to contribute to our team’s journey and make our mark on the track.”

Honeyman began honing his racing craft at two years old, racing Quads. By the age of four, he had advanced into Trophy Karts and later earned three series championships in off-road racing Trophy Karts. 

After his go-kart tenure, Honeyman moved into the Bandolero ranks in 2015 and earned the Bandolero national championship two years later. He then began limited late model racing and later was the Carolina Pro Late Model Series runner-up in 2021, also earning an impressive victory in the annual Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway Fall Brawl.

Since its inception in 2009, Young’s Motorsports has made 472 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series starts, earning two victories during that span. The organization has also competed in 26 races across the ARCA Menard Series platforms over the past three seasons.

Young noted that with the team’s prior chemistry working with Honeyman, he feels confident in Honeyman’s potential going into the Xfinity Series season.

“We’ve been asked about running Xfinity more than a few times over the years, and this time, it just made sense,” Young said. “Leland (Honeyman) ran the (ARCA) East Series for us in 2022, and he did a great job learning, giving feedback, and being competitive against several other established (ARCA) East programs.

“His efforts in the Xfinity Series this season show he’s continuing to improve and make the most of every opportunity he is a part of,” Young added. “We’ve already found success in the ARCA Series and have a blast working together. I look forward to taking this step with (him in) the Xfinity Series this season.”

Leland Honeyman Jr. will return to Young's Motorsports for the first time in two years. (Amanda Rhoades/ARCA Racing photo)

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