Charlotte: Shelby Howard preview

Howard headed to Lowe's on a roll 17-year-old has four Top Fives in six starts Concord, NC (May 20, 2003) -- Three starts, three less than desirable finishes; things must change and change quickly. That is definitely the task at hand for Shelby...

Howard headed to Lowe's on a roll
17-year-old has four Top Fives in six starts

Concord, NC (May 20, 2003) -- Three starts, three less than desirable finishes; things must change and change quickly. That is definitely the task at hand for Shelby Howard at Lowe's Motor Speedway this week.

If prior results were any indicator, Howard would have to settle for a top twenty finish. Fortunately, the seventeen-year-old driver tosses that sort of nonsense out the window.

Howard's first start at Lowe's came in October 2001 in only his fourth ARCA RE/MAX start of his career. Considering it was also his first superspeedway start ever, he did rather well, finishing 21st. In May 2002, Howard finished 19th in an event plagued by cautions. Coming back in October 2002, a definite top ten run was eliminated when his engine went down a cylinder, but he still hung on for another 19th place finish.

Another disappointment came last month when Howard's lap times at a Lowe's test session left a lot to be desired. Despite previous showings, the unflappable, Indiana teen remains confident he and his Mack Trucks-Beck Dodge team will show drastic improvement for the ADG 100.

"I won't say it won't be tough, but we've learned a lot about this track since the first time we were here," said Howard. "We were horrible in our recent test, so we are going to go back to what we know. I have total confidence we can get our Dodge as close to perfect as it can possibly be come race time."

While showing poise and a measured plan of attack is pretty standard for Howard, it may become extremely useful this week due to the rather strong dose of competition. NASCAR teams Chip Ganassi Racing, Hendrick Motorsports, Andy Petree Racing, and BelCar Racing, looking for more seat time for their drivers, have filed ARCA entries, so the battle for track position will be fierce.

It's time to get up on the wheel and keep digging. Stay focused and zero in on your marks. Drive it like you stole it.

"Those teams will be extremely strong so we'll have to kick it up a notch or two--or three," Howard said.

Howard is currently riding 6th in the ARCA RE/MAX point standings. He has 1 win and 4 Top 5 finishes in 6 starts this year.

The ADG 100 presented by EasyCare will be broadcast live Thursday, May 22 at 9 p.m. Eastern on SPEED Channel. PRN (Performance Radio Network) will also carry the event from Lowe's Motor Speedway.

-www.shelbyhoward.com.

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Series ARCA
Drivers Shelby Howard , Andy Petree , Chip Ganassi
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing