Dallas: Shelly Howard preview

ENNIS, Texas - Federal Mogul Dragster driver Shelly Howard will be looking to win her first race of the year at this weekend's O'Reilly Nationals presented by Castrol Syntec at the Texas Motorplex, just south of Dallas. Howard has three...

ENNIS, Texas - Federal Mogul Dragster driver Shelly Howard will be looking to win her first race of the year at this weekend's O'Reilly Nationals presented by Castrol Syntec at the Texas Motorplex, just south of Dallas. Howard has three straight semifinal finishes at her last three national events, and hopes to improve on that this weekend.

Howard, a registered nurse in Tulsa, Okla., feels that tuning consultant Tom Conway has the car running better than it ever has, and feels confident as ever in her tuner this weekend at the Motorplex.

"I don't think our new found performance has anything to do with me, as a driver, I think it is that Tom has found what our car wants," said Howard. "Tom has had a lot of success with the other Uyehara [chassis] cars he has tuned this year, now he has found what this car likes. Every car is different, even if it is made by the same manufacturer."

"The air was really good in Memphis. It remains to be seen how it will be this weekend in Dallas. Regardless of how we have done at the last few races, we still have to stick with our gameplan that every race is a new ballgame."

In March, at the Division 4 race at the Motorplex, Howard became the third quickest blown alcohol car in the world when she ran an elapsed time of 5.416. Howard hopes to return to the 5.40's again this weekend.

"We have an optimistic attitude about this weekend. I like this track, and I am comfortable here. The car usually runs pretty good at this track. But every race is different, so we will just have to see what happens."

Qualifying begins on Thursday for the Federal Mogul Dragsters, with the final two qualifying shots to be ran on Friday. First round will be ran on Saturday, and final eliminations will follow on Sunday. Stay tuned to SummitRacing.com's Drag Race Central for round by round updates of the racing action from the Motorplex.

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