Leland Honeyman Jr. Taking Next Steps up the Racing Ladder

A busy 2022 schedule will include ARCA and the NASCAR Truck Series.


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An earlier announcement from Young Motorsports placed up-and-coming driver Leland Honeyman, Jr. in a full-season ARCA Menards Series East ride, including NASCAR Truck Series races later this season, as well.

Honeyman Jr. comes into this next level with a pretty impressive pedigree for a 16-year-old. His focus, determination and success has earned him numerous trips to Victory Lane and multiple championships.

In 2021, he was the Hickory Motor Speedway Fall Brawl winner and placed second in the Carolina Pro Late Model Series championship. Honeyman's 2017 campaign led to a National Championship, North Carolina State Championship and five track champions driving Bandolero cars

Years prior yielded Go-Kart Championships and top-three points finishes in other series, such as Quad racing and Desert Series races. Now, his focus turns to the larger ARCA cars racing among some very experienced drivers. Though still a teenager, he has a mature approach to not looking to far down the road in his racing career.

"It's already a dream come true to drive for a team like Young's Motorsport," Honeyman said, in an exclusive interview with Racing America. "I have a lot to learn with what I'm going to be doing in 2022. Right now, I'm focused on securing the ARCA Menards Series East Championship, as well as developing my business skills off the track."

Racing is entertainment, but there is also a huge business aspect driving it on every level. When not concentrating to making successful runs on the track and hitting his marks, his focus turns to what makes the sport go in regards to financial backing of businesses.

"I would say my dedication to the sport and my eagerness to learn more has led to my early success," Honeyman Jr. said. "Driving in so many different series and types of racing I've done, so far, challenges me as a driver.

"It also helps me hone my business skills and, in turn, benefits my sponsors.