South Boston: Shelby Howard preview

'Nearly legal', Howard zeroes in on South Boston. South Boston, VA (June 28, 2003) -- In less than a month, Shelby Howard will turn 18 years old. While most teenagers look at that age as when they enter adulthood, Howard has a completely...

'Nearly legal', Howard zeroes in on South Boston.

South Boston, VA (June 28, 2003) -- In less than a month, Shelby Howard will turn 18 years old. While most teenagers look at that age as when they enter adulthood, Howard has a completely different outlook on becoming legal. That's because 18 is the minimum age required to compete in NASCAR.

While he has been talking with teams and evaluating his options, Howard hasn't gotten too preoccupied with what his next step is going to be. All he knows at this point is that he has a race to get up for and it's going to be a barn burner. You can be assured the talented teen from Greenwood, Indiana will be all set and ready to accelerate in next Wednesday's ARCA RE/MAX race at South Boston.

Sweltering summer heat can be expected for the Big Daddy's Liberty 200 at South Boston Speedway. An exceptional field of NASCAR drivers Ken Schrader, Hermie Sadler and newcomer Paul Menard, in addition to battle-tested ARCA veterans, make the race even more difficult. The heat, the challenging competition, and the tight side-by-side racing will be sure to generate fireworks for all 200 laps.

Howard brings his Mack Trucks-Beck Dodge team into this year's race better equipped and more experienced. Last year's 13th place run was very commendable considering it was their first trip to the legendary short track. Track knowledge and a better car should put the #64 Dodge in the front pack by night's end.

It's been a month since Howard's last top five finish (he won at Kansas), but there has been only one ARCA race since then (23rd place at Michigan).

"South Boston is a great race track," Howard said. "There should be a lot of action, which makes it exciting for the fans. We are ready to get back in the hunt. We've had a couple of weeks off and we didn't have a good run at Michigan, so it seems like forever since we've raced the way we should. We really need a good run at South Boston and we can definitely get it done. We just have to stay clean and be there at the end. We should be back in top form next week."

The Liberty 200 is scheduled for Wednesday, July 2 at 7:30 p.m. EDT. The race airs on a tape-delayed basis on The Outdoor Channel on Sunday, July 13 at 4 p.m. EDT.

Howard is currently 4th in the ARCA RE/MAX point standings. He has 2 wins, 5 top fives, and six top tens in 10 starts this year.

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Series ARCA
Drivers Ken Schrader , Hermie Sadler , Shelby Howard , Paul Menard