Dale Howard Hustles to ASCS Mid-South Win at Magnolia Motor Speedway COLUMBUS, Miss. (April 15, 2006) -- The initial Sprint Car event in Magnolia Motor Speedway history turned into a Howard family benefit, with Dale Howard beating Jan Howard to...
Dale Howard Hustles to ASCS Mid-South Win at Magnolia Motor Speedway
COLUMBUS, Miss. (April 15, 2006) -- The initial Sprint Car event in Magnolia Motor Speedway history turned into a Howard family benefit, with Dale Howard beating Jan Howard to the line in Saturday night's 25-lap American Sprint Car Series Mid-South Region feature event to collect the $2,000 winner's share.
While Dale and Jan Howard swept the top two spots, Josh Howard, the youngest of the three siblings, crossed the stripe sixth to give the Howard brothers three of the top six finishing positions.
"This is awesome to win the first Sprint Car race at Magnolia Motor Speedway, I love this place," the elated winner exclaimed from victory lane. "And this is the first time that Jan and I have run one-two, so this is really special for us."
While middle brother Jan Howard gridded the feature field outside the front row, eldest brother Dale had his work cut out for him with a fourth row outside starting slot.
Jan Howard outgunned polesitter Eddie Gallagher for the point at the drop of the green flag, leading the opening round in front of Gallagher, Gary Wright and A.G. Rains, with Dale Howard picking off three cars on the initial circuit to climb to fifth.
Dale Howard picked up two more spots moments later when an uncharacteristic turn two bobble by Wright, who was vying for a sweep of the weekend's ASCS Mid-South Region vs. SUPR doubleheader, brought out the caution with one lap in the books. Wright nearly spun his mount in turn two, only to be straightened out by contact from A.G. Rains. But when Greg Merritt spun to avoid the melee, the caution appeared.
Wright retired to the pit area with nose wing damage and a missing front torsion arm, while Rains was done as well after cutting a right rear tire and sustaining further suspension damage.
With the night's only caution out of the way, Jan Howard set sail on the restart with Gallagher, Dale Howard and Darren Stewart in tow. Dale Howard made quick work of Gallagher for second, with Stewart taking the third position from Gallagher on the third lap.
Jan Howard stretched out a ten car-length advantage in the early rounds, encountering lapped traffic by the eighth lap. Dale Howard and Stewart closed the gap by the tenth round and the trio raced in tight formation until Dale slipped underneath Jan Howard entering turn one on the twelfth round.
Dale Howard worked lapped traffic flawlessly over the final half of the race and charged to the checkered flag unabated aboard the Howard-powered TCI Tire Centers/ATROM Transmission No. 47 Maxim.
Stewart made a late bid for second but fell less than two feet short at the finish line as Jan Howard held the runner-up slot. Stewart took the show position, with Gallagher crossing the stripe in fourth. Matt Linder rounded out the top five.
Josh Howard rode the rim to a sixth place run, with Buster Dickerson following on the high side to snare seventh after starting 14th. Michael Herrington raced from 15th to eighth, with Ronny Howard and Willie Stauffer, Jr., completing the top ten.
Jan Howard made a last lap pass of Stephen Chevallier to win the evening's opening heat race, with Gallagher making a white-flag lap move past Linder to top the second heat race. Wright wired the field in the third heat.
ASCS Mid-South Region Results:
First Heat (8 Laps): 1. 46-Jan Howard, 2. 94c-Stephen Chevallier, 3. 91-Darren Stewart, 4. 17-Philip Faulkner, 5. 31-Willie Stauffer, Jr., 6. 4x-Josh Lofton, 7. 17x-Jeff Leach.
Second Heat (8 Laps): 1. 1-Eddie Gallagher, 2. 1x-Matt Linder, 3. 2m-Bryce Vowan, 4. 44-Ronny Howard, 5. 86-Buster Dickerson, 6. K9-Robert Casada.
Third Heat (8 Laps): 1. 9-Gary Wright, 2. 3-A.G. Rains, 3. 47-Dale Howard, 4. 45-Josh Howard, 5. 7-Michael Herrington, 6. 12m-Greg Merritt.
"A" Feature (25 Laps): 1. 47-Dale Howard, 2. 46-Jan Howard, 3. 91-Darren Stewart, 4. 1-Eddie Gallagher, 5. 1x-Matt Linder, 6. 45-Josh Howard, 7. 86-Buster Dickerson, 8. 7-Michael Herrington, 9. 44-Ronny Howard, 10. 31-Willie Stauffer, Jr., 11. K9-Robert Casada, 12. 2m-Bryce Vowan, 13. 4x-Josh Lofton, 14. 12m-Greg Merritt, 15. 17-Philip Faulkner, 16. 94c-Stephen Chevallier, 17. 9-Gary Wright, 18. 3-A.G. Rains. DNS: 17x-Jeff Leach.
ASCS Mid-South Region Points (Top Ten): 1. Darren Stewart 290, 2. Jan Howard 288, 3. Dale Howard 284, 4. Michael Herrington 278, 5. Gary Wright 266, 6. (tie) Ronny Howard, Philip Faulkner and Robert Casada 260, 9. (tie) Bryce Vowan, Josh Howard, Stephen Chevallier and Willie Stauffer, Jr. 256.