Noble: Shelly Howard preview

Shelly Howard Racing Howard one step away from Division Championship NOBLE, Okla. - NHRA Federal Mogul Dragster pilot Shelly Howard is one race away from potentially claiming her first Division 4 Championship. Howard holds a 25 point lead...

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Howard one step away from Division Championship

NOBLE, Okla. - NHRA Federal Mogul Dragster pilot Shelly Howard is one race away from potentially claiming her first Division 4 Championship. Howard holds a 25 point lead coming into this weekend's final Division 4 Federal Mogul Drag Racing Series event at Thunder Valley Raceway Park just outside of Oklahoma City, and will clinch the Championship if the defending Champion Jay Meyer does not make it to the final round.

Howard, a registered nurse from Tulsa, Okla., plans not to let the hype of this weekend effect her. Rather than fixating on trying to keep Meyer out of the finals, she just plans to do her best, and try to have a good time racing in front of her home state Oklahoma fans.

"My only focus is to go out at this race and do as well as we can," said Howard. "We really have no control over anything else that happens this weekend, so there is no added pressure there. I hope to enjoy the weekend, hopefully the car will run well, and I can do my job as the driver. We just want to advance a few rounds and enjoy the race."

"Noble is the closest race for us," continued Howard. "Where I race really doesn't effect how hard I try; I try hard everywhere I go. I do feel comfortable here in Noble, but I don't feel any pressure just because it is our 'home' track."

With the top five cars in the category scheduled to be in attendance this weekend, Howard feels she is not the only car that can potentially stop Meyer from getting to the finals.

"Meeting up with Jay Meyer is not my focus," cited Howard.  "There are going
to be a lot of cars here that can run very well.  Whatever is going to happen
is going to happen.  I'm not here to concentrate on that."

"Even if we do not win the Championship this year, it still has been a great year for my team."

Qualifying begins on Friday for the Federal Mogul Dragsters, with two more sessions following on Saturday. Final eliminations will conclude the event on Sunday. Stay tuned to InsideFMRacing.com for the latest news from the world of Federal Mogul Racing.

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