MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – It’s been a season of learning for 15-year-old Colby “The Kid” Howard in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series late model division, and on Saturday night at Myrtle Beach Speedway he showed how far he has come, battling three-time national champion Lee Pulliam right to the wire in the second of two feature races before settling for a strong second place finish in his best run of the season.
The Simpsonville, South Carolina driver finished seventh in the first race after some early contact that dropped him from his third starting spot to tenth before he could start working his way back up.
It was a confidence-building day overall for the third-generation racer.
“It meant a lot to me that Lee came over to me after the second race and complimented me on how well I ran,” Howard said with a grin. “This has been a struggle for all of us on the team this year, not just me, and I was really glad to finally be able to give them a run that shows that we can win. Lee’s a champion for a reason. To be able to race with him like we did definitely builds our confidence and gives us something to smile about. I know that a win for The Odorless, Eubanks Oil and Southern Utilities is getting closer now. I’ll just keep doing my best until it happens!”
Of the first race, Colby said, “We wanted to stay close to the front but we got caught up with a car that didn’t. It took us all the way back to about tenth and then I used up a lot of laps being patient behind two cars in front of me who were running side by side. Once we had a caution and I could get to the outside and get going, we made steady progress but I needed more laps to get back to the top five than what we had. The car was a little bit loose but it was still better than where we finished. That’s racing. We made up for it in the second race. That was fun.”
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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.
2016 was 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.
He notched seven wins and finished second in Southeast Limited Late Model Series Pro division points last season.
For 2017, Colby stepped up into the NASCAR Late Model Stock division to compete at some of the most historic tracks in North and South Carolina, including Hickory Motor Speedway, Concord Motor Speedway, Greenville-Pickens Speedway and Anderson Motor Speedway.
His marketing partners include Eubanks Oil, The Odorless, and Southern Utilities.
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