KANSAS CITY, Kan. – After sitting out the most recent ARCA Menards Series race at Iowa Speedway, rookie Ryan Huff is returning to action this weekend with a special paint scheme for Friday night’s Dawn 150 at Kansas Speedway.
Huff’s No. 10 Fast Track Racing Ford Fusion will pay tribute to racer Shawn Balluzzo, who died during the second of two modified division races on Jul. 11 at Langley (Va.) Speedway. Balluzzo was 64.
Like many, Balluzzo was a mentor to many, including Huff. An upcoming racer from Virginia, Huff, 19, spent plenty of time with Balluzzo who often offered crucial advice for Huff as he continues to climb through the ranks of Motorsports.
Huff will make his Kansas Speedway debut in the Dawn 150 but is racing in Balluzzo’s honor.
“Shawn Balluzzo meant a lot to me,” said Huff. “He always had time for me or any young driver for that matter. I respected his advice and he taught me just as much on the track as he did off the track.
“I decided not to go to Iowa Speedway last weekend so I could go to Langley and join others and pay our respects to him. He was the definition of a true racer and I hope I can go to Kansas this weekend and not only make him proud, but my team too.”
In his most recent intermediate race, Huff earned his second career top-10 finish with a career-best eighth place effort.
Bringing the same No. 10 Shawn Balluzzo Tribute Ford Fusion that he raced at Kentucky Speedway earlier this month, Huff is optimistic he can contend for another solid finish during his rookie campaign.
“I’m always excited to get to the track and do well,” added Huff. “Kansas is another new place for me, so I plan to be respectful but being told that there is a lot of similarities between Kentucky and Kansas will hopefully be a benefit for me.
“I feel like we had a car capable of running inside the top-10 at Kentucky and we did just that. I believe it’s going to be a stronger field at Kansas, but we’ll run our race and hope when the checkered flag waves – we’ll be in a good spot to be satisfied with the finish.”
In addition to running the ARCA Menards Series race with Fast Track Racing, the Williamsburg, Va. native will also make his NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series debut on Saturday night in the Kansas 200.
Huff will drive the No. 33 Chevrolet for Reaume Bros. Racing.
“I’m very thankful and humbled to have the opportunity to make my NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series debut this weekend at Kansas,” added Huff. “This is a big leap for me, but I feel like I’ve surrounded myself with good people who support this next step as we try to eye our focus on 2021.”