MOORESVILLE, N.C. (April 16, 2018) – Third-generation racer Colby Howard is planning to make his ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards debut this weekend at historic Salem Speedway in the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200 driving for Mason Mitchell Motorsports (MMM). The 16-year-old is slated to drive the No. 78 Howard Family Foundation Chevrolet.
“Salem is really difficult to get around,” said Howard. “It's mainly a mental thing. You get so close to the wall in turns three and four and really have to back up your entry entering turn one. It’s so unique with turns one and two being completely wore out and three and four having newer pavement allowing for more grip.”
Howard and MMM tested at the high-banked, half-mile last week in preparation for the 200-lap race.
“I learned a lot from the test. Being able to have resources like Mason Mitchell and crew chief Mark Setzer to lean on really helped me a lot getting up to speed and offering advice on what I need to improve on. This is a tremendous step in my racing career. I’m thankful for my family, friends, fans and MMM for believing in me. If we run all 200 laps we should be able to earn a solid top-five.”
Howard’s racing passion started at a young age. His grandfather Buddy and his father Rodney achieved great success running on the short tracks of South Carolina.
Howard’s career began in dirt bikes, where he enjoyed success picking up 11 wins and a Mid-East Hare Scramble Series championship.
The following 2014 season, Howard switched to racing the mini stock division at Anderson Motor Speedway. He earned 10 top-five finishes in two seasons in the mini stock division.
Howard was ready for a new challenge. In 2016 he moved into the limited late model division and began capturing checkered flags immediately. In all, Howard won seven times in his rookie year and finished runner-up in Southeast Limited Late Model Series.
Howard’s success continued in 2017 when he moved to the NASCAR Whelen All-American Late Model Stock division. He finished second in South Carolina state points and won state rookie of the year points.
Earlier this month Howard won a late model stock race at the historic Greenville Pickens Speedway in South Carolina.
MMM will make their 10th start at Salem this weekend. In nine prior starts the team's earned three top-fives and six top-10 finishes. The team's best result came in the 2014 Fall Classic where they finished runner-up with owner Mason Mitchell behind the wheel.
Chassis Information: Howard will drive chassis No. 593 out of the MMM stable. The 200-lap event at Salem will mark the car's 2018 on-track debut. The chassis has 18 starts, earning two wins (Chicagoland 2014 and Pocono 2017), six top-five’s and 10 top-10 finishes.
The Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200 is live on MAVTV Sunday, April 22 at 2 p.m. Eastern. Look for live timing, scoring and chat of all on-track activities at arcaracing.com.
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About Mason Mitchell Motorsports:
Mason Mitchell Motorsports (masonmitchellmotorsports.com) is a championship driver development team fielding multiple entries in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards. The team is headquartered in Statesville, North Carolina and owned by 2014 ARCA champion Mason Mitchell.