Howard hopes to repeat this Friday night Longs, SC - When Woody Howard began his Hooters Pro Cup Series career last season, his goal early in the year was to just make races and get comfortable in the car. Howard did get comfortable and would...
Howard hopes to repeat this Friday night
Longs, SC - When Woody Howard began his Hooters Pro Cup Series career last season, his goal early in the year was to just make races and get comfortable in the car. Howard did get comfortable and would later go on to win three races on the way to garnering Miller Lite Rookie of the Year honors in 2005 and the track where he collected his memorable first win returns on the schedule this weekend - Kil-Kare Speedway.
While many drivers consider the unique layout of Kil-Kare somewhat of a challenge, Howard is excited to come back for the running of the Naturally Fresh 250 presented by Longhorn this Friday night at 8 p.m.
"That was a great night [last year]," said Howard. "When I first looked at that track, and then drove it, I knew it would be a challenge but we got our Dean Motorsports Chevrolet dialed in and went out and won that race."
Howard credits that win with giving his team the confidence and momentum they needed during the middle of last season.
"After we won at Kil-Kare we won a couple of weeks later at Salem and then the next race at South Boston," Howard said. "I know those wins gave us the confidence we needed to finish the year strong and ultimately win the rookie crown."
As for Kil-Kare, Howard enjoys the track and said it is a challenge for all the drivers because you never stop working your car the entire night.
"You can never really push the throttle all the way to the floor except for maybe a split second at that track," said Howard. "You are constantly turning the wheel and working the throttle and brakes. You definitely know you have driven 250 laps at the end of that race."
The Naturally Fresh 250 presented by Longhorn will be the fifth time the Hooters Pro Cup Series cars have visited the track located not far from Dayton, OH. Jeff Agnew enters this weekend as the only repeat winner at the track and currently sits second in points just 25 (475-450) behind Benny Gordon, who comes to Kil-Kare as the most recent winner in the Northern Division with his win at Shenandoah last Thursday night.
Front gates open at 5 p.m. Friday afternoon with Advance Auto Parts Pole Award qualifying scheduled for 5:30 p.m. An on-track autograph session begins at 6:45 p.m. with the green flag set to fly for the Naturally Fresh 250 presented by Longhorn at 8 p.m. For more information please contact Kil-Kare Speedway at 937-426-2764.
2006 USAR Hooters ProCup Series quick Facts
WHAT: Naturally Fresh ® 250 presented by Longhorn
USAR Hooters ProCup Series Race #9 of 30 (Northern Division Race 4 of 12)
WHERE: Kil-Kare Speedway - Xenia, OH
3/8-mile, semi-banked asphalt oval
WHEN: Friday, May 12, 2006 - 8:00 p.m. (EDT)
DISTANCE: 250 Laps/94 Miles
POSTED AWARDS: $121,649 (Includes $36,433 Point Fund)
TELEVISION: SPEED Channel, Wednesday, May 17, 2006 (5 p.m. ET)
SPEED Channel, Friday, May 19, 2006 (12 Noon (ET)
Friday, May 12, 2006:
12:30 - 2:30 p.m. Hooters Pro Cup Series Practice
5 p.m. Grandstand Front Gates Open
5:30 p.m. Hooters Pro Cup Series Qualifying
6:45 p.m. Autograph Session
7:30 p.m. Pre-Race Ceremonies
8 p.m. Naturally Fresh ® 250 presented by Longhorn