Houston: Shelly Howard Sunday wrap up

BAYTOWN, Texas - Federal Mogul Dragster driver Shelly Howard qualified No. 1 and made it all the way to the final round before rain postponed this past weekend's Division 4 Federal Mogul Drag Racing Series opener at Houston Raceway Park. ...

BAYTOWN, Texas - Federal Mogul Dragster driver Shelly Howard qualified No. 1 and made it all the way to the final round before rain postponed this past weekend's Division 4 Federal Mogul Drag Racing Series opener at Houston Raceway Park. Howard will face fellow Division 4 racer Troy Buff when the race is resumed in two weeks at the Dallas Division 4 race.

After Friday night's qualifying session was rained out, the Federal Mogul Dragsters only had two qualifying sessions remaining. The Tulsa, Okla., based driver was not qualified going into the final qualifying session, and ran an elapsed time of 5.443 at 252.90 mph to put her to the top of the field in the No. 1 spot. Howard used consistent 5.40's to make her way through eliminations with e.t.'s of 5.455 at 255.29 mph to put away Fuentes in round one, and a 5.470 at 254.47 mph to put away last year's Division 2 Champion Michael Gunderson in the semifinals. Persistent showers and cold weather then forced the race to be postponed. The FMD final round will be rerun in the final qualifying session of the upcoming Dallas Division 4 race in two weeks. Howard will have lane choice over Buff.

"It was a good weekend," said Howard. "We were really pleased with the way the car ran. I just wish we could have ran the final, because we really had the momentum and things going our way. We'll just have to go up to Dallas and see what happens."

In addition to being focused on getting the Houston win, Howard plans to try hard to win the Dallas event as well.

"As long as the car can stay consistent, I'll be happy," commented Howard. "It's going to be a different track and different weather, so who knows what's going to happen. The air in Dallas will probably not be as good as it was in Houston. We just want to stay consistent, and not tear up any parts. Not only do we have to worry about finishing the Houston race, but we have to have our focus on doing well for the Dallas race. You really can't concentrate on one more than another at that point. The Buff's will have the same situation to deal with as we do, so we will just see what happens and try to stay consistent."

"This race definitely got us off to a fresh start," continued Howard. "It turned out to be a good start to this point. We'll just have to see what happens from here."

-Howard Racing Team

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Series NHRA
Drivers Michael Gunderson , Shelly Howard , Troy Buff