Howard ready for Lake Erie after South Boston rain out

Rained out at South Boston, Howard looks ahead to Lake Erie Indianapolis, IN (July 4, 2003) -- Wednesday morning at 7 a.m., Shelby Howard was caught completely off guard. He was almost ready to leave the hotel for a full day's work at the track...

Rained out at South Boston, Howard looks ahead to Lake Erie

Indianapolis, IN (July 4, 2003) -- Wednesday morning at 7 a.m., Shelby Howard was caught completely off guard. He was almost ready to leave the hotel for a full day's work at the track when he got a knock at his door. It was a crew member saying 'Let's go home'. Puzzled, Howard asked what in the world they were talking about. 'Rain out. Postponed. No race this week,' they replied.

"I'm surprised they called it off so early," Howard later commented. "I guess they knew there was no way they could get it in, so they decided to postpone it until later in the year. We packed it in and came back to Indy. I would've liked to race since we were already there, but on the positive side, we won't have to wait long before we get to go back and get more of those famous bologna burgers."

The ARCA Liberty 200 Presented by Bank of America at South Boston Speedway, originally scheduled for Wednesday evening, July 2 was a victim of Tropical Storm Bill, at least temporarily. The race was rescheduled for Saturday, September 20 when hopefully drier and cooler weather will exist.

Howard won't be able to use what he recently learned about his car, but it will still come in handy for the ARCA 200 at Lake Erie Speedway on July 12. Lake Erie is a 0.4-mile paved track just like South Boston. It will be the first time the ARCA RE/MAX Series has visited the facility located in North East, PA.

"We've tweaked our short track setup some, so we're ready for Lake Erie," said Howard. "I think the Mack Trucks-Beck Dodge will be strong and as long as we steer clear of any trouble, we'll be right there. A top five or a top three on the first visit to that track would be fantastic."

The ARCA RE/MAX 200 at Lake Erie Speedway is scheduled to start at 9:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, July 12. It will be Event #11 out of the 22 races on the circuit's schedule.

Howard is sitting patiently in 4th in the standings, but he's only 30 points behind Brent Sherman in 3rd. He is tied with Kyle Busch at 2 wins apiece, for second most victories this season. Defending series champion Frank Kimmel leads the way with 3 wins.

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Series ARCA
Drivers Frank Kimmel , Brent Sherman , Kyle Busch