Young’s Motorsports announced Wednesday that the organization will branch into the NASCAR Xfinity Series this season, signing teenage prospect Leland Honeyman Jr. as the full-time driver of its new No. 42 Chevrolet entry.
Honeyman entered eight Xfinity Series races last season, primarily with Alpha Prime Racing. The 18-year-old driver’s signing with Young’s Motorsports marks a reunion; Honeyman drove for the organization in the ARCA Menards Series East in 2022, placing third in the circuit’s final standings.
The Xfinity Series venture marks an expansion for Young’s Motorsports, which was founded in 2009 and has been a regular competitor in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series for more than a decade. A host of 17 drivers — including full-timer Spencer Boyd — ran races in the Young’s team’s three-truck fleet last season.
“We’ve been asked about running Xfinity more than a few times over the years, and this time, it just made sense,” team principal Tyler Young said in a news release. “Leland ran the East Series for us in 2022, and he did a great job learning, giving feedback, and being competitive against several other established 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.
“We’ve already found success in the ARCA Series and have a blast working together. I look forward to taking this step with the Xfinity Series this season.”
Honeyman climbed the racing ranks through the go-karting and short-track circuits, reaching the Pro Late Model level as a regular at Hickory Motor Speedway — where he was runner-up for the track championship and winner of the prestigious Fall Brawl event. The Phoenix native has also made one Truck Series start, teaming up with the Young’s group for a 2022 debut at Bristol Motor Speedway.