Howard ready to get dialed in at Dega. Talladega, AL (10-3-02) -- Shelby Howard has never been to Talladega Superspeedway, but that doesn't faze the 17-year- old rookie in the least. Howard wasn't able to attend the ARCA test session a few...
Howard ready to get dialed in at Dega.
Talladega, AL (10-3-02) -- Shelby Howard has never been to Talladega Superspeedway, but that doesn't faze the 17-year- old rookie in the least. Howard wasn't able to attend the ARCA test session a few weeks ago, so he and the #64 CIMCO Racing team face the daunting task of taking on the monstrous, 2.66-mile tri-oval with no notes or laps. As a result, the team will rely heavily on their Daytona notes, fast learning, and a faster car. That can't be all bad since the same Pontiac they took to the front of the pack at Daytona is the one they will have on the high banks of Talladega.
"We put a new nose, bumper cover, and front fenders on, so based on the run we had at the first of the year (Daytona), we feel pretty comfortable with everything," Howard said. "I'm looking forward to the challenge."
Howard worked his way up to the lead during the season opener at Daytona in February, but he was forced to pit right before the rain set in, dashing their hopes of at least a top five finish. He finished 27th but he did gain some much-needed drafting experience, which should only help at Talladega.
The Greenwood, Indiana resident comes into the Food World 300 on a nice streak. He has finished in the top ten for 3 straight races and two of those were actually top fives. In 19 starts this season, Howard has three top fives (all coming in the last 6 races) and nine top tens with a career best of 2nd.
"We've got our work cut out for us, but if we are patient and keep the car clean, we have a good shot at another top five," commented Howard. "Obviously we would love to win, but more importantly we just want to show companies out there what we can do. We need someone to join up with us next year, so a good run can only help. We've had some good sponsors join us throughout this year, but we need at least one solid supporter to push us to the next level next season."
The field takes the green flag in the Food World 300 at Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday at 2 p.m. ET. The race will be televised later that evening at 8 p.m. on Speed Channel.