Michigan: Alli Owens preview

IT'S HALFTIME - Alli Owens has reached the halfway point of her 2008 season. The driver of the No. 12 ElectrifyingCareers.com Chevrolet is currently scheduled to compete in 10 ARCA RE/MAX Series and the Racing for Wildlife 200 at Michigan ...

IT'S HALFTIME - Alli Owens has reached the halfway point of her 2008 season. The driver of the No. 12 ElectrifyingCareers.com Chevrolet is currently scheduled to compete in 10 ARCA RE/MAX Series and the Racing for Wildlife 200 at Michigan International Speedway marks the start of the second half of her season.

"This year has been a test of will," said Owens. "I came into the season wanting to win and dominate. I know that everyone thought that was way out of reach, but the truth is as a driver, that's how we think. Unfortunately, we had problems in Daytona, engine failures in two races and last week I was swept into a crash. The season is definitely not going how I would like, but I know it could be much worse."

Despite the difficulties faced, Owens has gained valuable experience both on and off track.

"I've learned a lot this year about stamina and endurance," explained Owens. "I've also learned about not having a perfect car. Most of the time it isn't going to be perfect and how you handle that makes all the difference."

With the second half of the season ahead of her, Owens is optimistic her strongest performances are still ahead.

"Hopefully, we are at a turning point," added Owens. "I'm very confident in my ability and the team's ability. I never lose sight of the fact that I've only competed in a few ARCA races. It doesn't stop me from wanting success, but it makes it easier to accept when it doesn't come fast enough."

THE SWEET TASTE OF SUCCESS - After a bitterly disappointing finish to last week's race at Pocono, Alli Owens is anxious to pick up where she left off. The 19-year-old was heading toward her career first top-10 finish when, with four laps remaining, she was swept into an unavoidable accident.

Instead of dwelling on the negative, Owens heads into her first race at Michigan International Speedway, the Racing for Wildlife 200, with renewed confidence.

"We were very strong in Pocono, strong enough for a top-10 or possibly top-five, but things happened," said Owens. "We have a new engine program for Michigan and we brought one of my favorite cars. The good thing is that I now have a taste for running up front. I like it and there is no going back."

HAPPY FATHER'S DAY DAD! - This weekend, fathers throughout the country will be honored and Mike Owens, Alli's father will be no exception. The driver of the No. 12 ElectrifyingCareers.com Chevrolet hopes to honor her father the best way she knows how - with a career best finish. Regardless, she is happy just to spend her weekend with him.

"We've yet to have the awesome finish that we all want," said Owens. "Hopefully, that will change this weekend and I can give my Dad the ultimate Father's Day gift. My Dad has been with me throughout my racing career. When I travel, it is usually just the two of us. I spend more time with him than I do anyone else. To be able to spend Father's Day weekend at the track with him makes for the best day ever."

-credit: aoPR

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