South Boston: Andy Houston preview

MOORESVILLE, NC- (October 1, 2003) -Andy Houston returns to his roots this Saturday night as the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series invades the shortest track on the circuit, the diminutive 0.4 mile oval at South Boston, VA. Virtually every driver in...

MOORESVILLE, NC- (October 1, 2003) -Andy Houston returns to his roots this Saturday night as the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series invades the shortest track on the circuit, the diminutive 0.4 mile oval at South Boston, VA. Virtually every driver in the series cut his teeth on tracks similar to South Boston Speedway, and this weekend's John Boy and Billy 250 will provide a chance for them to revisit a part of their past. Houston is no exception. As a kid he watched his father, former Busch Series great Tommy Houston, dominate at another classic short track -- Hickory Speedway. Andy Houston began his racing career at Hickory and later became a track champion at the facility.

"South Boston is pretty much what I consider a bullring," Houston said. "It is definitely an All American short track. It is everything that I grew up learning to race on, and a lot of the other guys in this series are the same way. It goes back to our roots and our short-track days of racing. I feel real confident on racetracks like that and I have had a lot of success on racetracks like that. I think that come Saturday we can be very competitive. The biggest difference between South Boston and Hickory is that South Boston is fairly wide and the outside has a lot of banking. You can really make the outside work there if you are handling really good."

Houston is coming off of two consecutive sixth place finishes in the Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge after a west coast swing through California and Las Vegas. Houston was competitive in both events, leading for nine laps at California and running in the top three for most of the event at Las Vegas. South Boston provides him with a chance to reacquaint himself with the close proximity, side-by-side racing that short tracks are notorious for.

"Short tracks are a lot of fun," Houston said. "Many times, racing on a short track is more fun than racing on a bigger track because to be honest with you, some times on a superspeedway the vehicles become spread out and everybody is kind of running by themselves. You don't necessarily have that on a short track. It is usually bumper to bumper and you are battling somebody. That makes for excitement and it really makes for a lot of fun for both the drivers and the fans. As far as short tracks are concerned, South Boston is probably one of the places that is easier to pass than the majority of them because it is so wide and you do have an outside groove. I like South Boston, it is a fun track, it is a nice facility and it will be a really good show on Saturday."

The John Boy and Billy 250 at South Boston Speedway is set for Saturday Oct 4th in South Boston, VA. The Speed Channel and MRN Radio will broadcast the event live nationally at 4:30pm ET.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Andy Houston