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Howard looking to start strong in Houston. BAYTOWN, Texas - Anybody that has won a championship can tell you that getting off to a strong start of a season is crucial. Former Division 4 Top Alcohol Dragster Champion Shelly Howard has that on...

Howard looking to start strong in Houston.

BAYTOWN, Texas - Anybody that has won a championship can tell you that getting off to a strong start of a season is crucial. Former Division 4 Top Alcohol Dragster Champion Shelly Howard has that on her mind as she enters this weekend's NHRA Division 4 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series opener at Houston Raceway Park. Howard hopes to turn a strong second half of last season into a strong start this year.

Howard, from Tulsa, Okla., hopes her same 'one race, one round at a time' mentality that has brought her success in the past will help her succeed this weekend.

"It is the first race of the year, so it is very important for us to get a good start on the year," said Howard. "It won't be the end of the world if something does go wrong and we don't have a good weekend, but it certainly helps down the stretch to not have to dig out of a hole. We're just going to keep our same mindset of taking it one run at a time and do our best. I have a great team behind me lead by Mark Gardner and a great tuner in Tom Conway, I just have to do my job."

To a certain degree, Howard and her team feel that their best may not be enough. With the performance of the A/Fuel combination vs. her Blown Alcohol set up, Howard feels there is a growing disparity in the class.

"The situation in the class is disheartening," Howard commented. "It's to the point now where we can't run with some of the A/Fuel cars out there. They have had the benefits of having rules that allow them to make advances in technology, while the blown cars have been pretty much stuck with the same technology for the past few years due to the rules. We'll do the best with the cards we are dealt, but as of right now, we didn't get a very good deal."

Qualifying begins on Friday, and will continue with two sessions on Saturday. Final eliminations will conclude the event on Sunday. Stay tuned to InsideTopAlcohol.com for the latest news from the world of alcohol racing.

-ShellyHoward.com-

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