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SCRIBNER, Neb. - After finishing third in NHRA Division 4 standings for the past three years, NHRA Federal Mogul Dragster driver Shelly Howard is potentially one race away from clinching her first divisional championship. A win at this weekend's...

SCRIBNER, Neb. - After finishing third in NHRA Division 4 standings for the past three years, NHRA Federal Mogul Dragster driver Shelly Howard is potentially one race away from clinching her first divisional championship. A win at this weekend's NHRA Division 5 Federal Mogul Drag Racing Series event at the Nebraska Motorplex in Scribner, Neb., would mathematically make it impossible for Troy Buff, who is currently in second place, to catch her. Jay Meyer, the current champ, is already out of the running.

Howard, a registered nurse from Tulsa, Okla., enters the event fresh off of her third career national event win at the Mopar Parts Mile High Nationals in Denver. In addition, she has two wins and two runner-ups on the divisional level.

"We're going to go in there the same way we have at every race," said Howard. "First we are going to concentrate on qualifying, then we are going to take it a round at a time. We just hope that the car is consistent, and that I can do my job as a driver. If those two things come together, then hopefully we can go a few rounds."

Regardless of the hype surrounding her championship chances, Howard plans to put all of that aside, and focus on each individual run.

"You have to worry about the round you are trying to run," Howard explained. "You can't look forward to the championship. If you dwell on that, then you really can't deal with the issues at hand. We're just going try to deal with it like any other race, try to go a few rounds, and earn some points in the process. If you worry about it too much, you might not make any points at all."

Qualifying begins at 4 p.m. Friday for the Federal Mogul Dragsters.

-ShellyHoward.com.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Shelly Howard , Troy Buff