Myrtle Beach, S.C. – Despite a multi-car incident on the last lap that took him out of a top five finish in Saturday’s Renegade Race Fuels 100 For the Southeast Limited Late Model Series Pro Division at Myrtle Beach Speedway, Colby “The Kid” Howard ended his season on a high note, finishing second in the championship standings.
Howard, 15, came into the final race of the SELLM season 22 points behind division leader Luke Sorrow, and 18 points behind second place Anthony Alfredo.
That scenario forced Howard into a strategy of qualifying up front and trying to win the race if at all possible.
The team nearly pulled it off.
He qualified second fastest out of 43 cars, just as he had in 2015 when he made his limited late model debut in the same race. Alfredo qualified 11th and Sorrow 13th.
Howard stayed in the top three to five spots virtually the entire race, doing an excellent job of walking the tightrope between managing his tires and his race car and running hard enough to stay with the leaders.
The race had a 69-lap green flag run at one point, something that is very rare for this event. Alfredo had dropped to between 17th and 20th in the early stages, while Sorrow fell as far back as 26th and eventually crashed trying to move back forward into the top 15.
That incident took Colby’s on-track foe but off-track buddy out of championship contention, and left only Alfredo to spoil Howard’s plan.
Howard needed to beat Alfredo by nine spots on the track in order to overcome his deficit and pull off the improbable championship run.
For a while, he was there, as Alfredo sat back outside the top ten. But in the last quarter of the event, the Lee Faulk Racing Flyin’ 5 picked up steam and charged inside the top ten.
On the final lap coming out of turn four, cars started spinning and crashing and in the smoke Howard tagged the back of fourth place Jamie Weatherford’s racer, resulting in Weatherford spinning across the line, managing to save a fifth place finish.
Colby ended up finishing 18th, but left the track knowing he had second place in the championship standings locked up.
“I don’t really know what to think right now,” the youngster said after the race. “I feel bad that I got into (Weatherford). I didn’t mean to. We were all racing hard to the line and everyone just ended up crashing. We had a top five car and I was trying for my second straight top five finish here. I wanted to win the championship for my team, but we knew we probably were going to need to win the race unless those guys didn’t do good. I’m happy for Anthony and his team. He raced me clean all year.”
“I feel bad for Luke. I know how I would feel in his position. I’m not sure what happened to them today. They were really fast the first two days down here. It was a fun race until the last lap. I wish that hadn’t happened. Thanks to my family, all of my crew and all of our partners who have helped us so much all year. I couldn’t race without them and I appreciate their support. Thank you to our fans, too. It makes me race harder and want it even more knowing they’re rooting so hard for me.”
Plans are being finalized for the 2017 season for Howard, so stay tuned for details as they become available!
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About Colby Howard
Colby Howard is a 15-year-old, third generation stock car racer who lives in Simpsonville, South Carolina.
His career began in dirt bikes, where he scored 11 wins in two seasons and a Total of 27 top threes and a championship in motor cross and also won a championship in the Mid East Hare Scramble Series.
He switched over to cars, and to the mini stock division at Anderson motor speedway where he had four top fives in year one and six top fives in year two before moving up late in 2015 to the limited late model division.
He has seven wins to his credit so far in his late model career.
2016 is his first full year in the limited late model division, competing at tracks throughout the Carolinas region, including his home track Greenville-Pickens Speedway and the Southeast Limited Late Model Series.
His marketing partners include Eubanks Oil, Shell, Century Concrete , The Odorless and Southern Utilities.
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