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Shelby Dean Howard IV (born July 25, 1985 in Greenwood, Indiana)[1] is a NASCAR driver. He is currently a free agent.

Shelby Howard
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Howard at the Milwaukee Mile in 2009
BornShelby Dean Howard, IV
(1985-07-25) July 25, 1985 (age 33)
Greenwood, Indiana
Achievements1997 Mini Cup Points Champion
1998 600cc Miami County Speedway Champion
Awards1997 Miami County Speedway 250cc Adult Class Rookie of the Year
1999 Jasper Modified Series Rookie of the Year
1999 Anderson Speedway Rookie of the Year
2002 ARCA RE/MAX Series Rookie of the Year
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
54 races run over 8 years
Best finish26th (2010)
First race2003 Mr. Goodcents 300 (Kansas)
Last race2011 O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 (Texas)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series career
36 races run over 3 years
Best finish17th (2008)
First race2004 Florida Dodge Dealers 250 (Daytona)
Last race2010 Built Ford Tough 225 (Kentucky)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 2 0
Statistics current as of April 13, 2010.

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Racing careerEdit

Howard began racing in 1996 in Junior Sprints. In his first season in the National Series, he finished fifth in points. He competed in various racing series. He won the points championship in the Mini Cup Series, as well as winning the Mini Cup championship at the Jefferson Speedrome, and the 250cc Mini Sprints Rookie of the Year at Miami County Speedway. In 1998, he moved up to the 600cc Adult Class at Miami County, and simultaneously won the championship and Rookie of the Year honors. He also became the youngest driver to win a feature race at the Indianapolis Speedrome.

In 1999, Howard joined the Jasper Modified Series, and won the Rookie of the Year award and finished fifth in the points standings. He also raced at Anderson Speedway, winning two feature races and the Rookie of the Year award. He won his first Jasper Modified feature race in 2000 at Winchester Speedway, becoming the youngest driver since Jeff Gordon to win a race in that series. He finished fifteenth in the Kendall Late Model Series points standings as well. He moved up to the ARCA RE/MAX Series in 2001, becoming the youngest driver ever to compete at the age of 15.[2] The next season, he won ARCA's Sportsmanship Award.

He won his first ARCA race in 2003, becoming the youngest winner in the series, and finished third in the final standings. That same season, he moved up to NASCAR, making his debut in the Busch Series at Kansas Speedway. He finished 20th in the #43 Dr Pepper Dodge fielded by the Curb Agajanian Performance Group. He also attempted his first Winston Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, but failed to qualify. In 2004, he joined NASCAR's Craftsman Truck Series division, driving the new #23 Toyota Tundra for Bill Davis Racing. After eight races, he did not finish any higher than 21st, and was subsequently replaced by Johnny Benson. He ended the season running five races in the #35 Volvo Trucks/Snap-On Ford Taurus for Team Rensi Motorsports.

He joined Tony Stewart's USAR team in 2005, and had three poles and four top-tens in USAR's Northern Division. He had three wins in his first USAR season. In 2006, he returned to the Busch Series driving for Odle Motorsports at Memphis Motorsports Park. He finished 41st after being plagued by ignition failure. In 2007, he drove two races in the #01 for Johnny Davis Motorsports, his best finishing being a 27th at Kentucky Speedway. Howard returned to the Trucks with ThorSport Racing in 2008, but only managed two top tens and a single top five before he was released in favor of Johnny Sauter.

 
Howard's 2009 Nationwide #70 car

Howard started 2009 as a free agent, but was picked up by ML Motorsports to drive the #70 Foretravel Motorcoach Chevrolet after the team released Mark Green in late March. He would run a total of 17 Nationwide races with a best finish of 12th at Memphis Motorsports Park.

In 2010, Howard returned to ML Motorsports. Despite missing the season opening race at Daytona, Howard and ML ran 21 races with a best finish of 12th at Gateway and Iowa. Howard returned to ML in 2011, but departed the team after Texas.

Motorsports career resultsEdit

NASCAREdit

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Winston Cup SeriesEdit

NASCAR Winston Cup Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 NWCC Pts
2003 Bill Davis Racing 27 Chevy DAY CAR LVS ATL DAR BRI TEX TAL MAR CAL RCH CLT DOV POC MCH SON DAY CHI NHA POC IND GLN MCH BRI DAR RCH NHA DOV TAL KAN CLT MAR ATL
DNQ
PHO CAR HOM NA -

Nationwide SeriesEdit

NASCAR Nationwide Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 NNC Pts
2003 Curb Racing 43 Dodge DAY CAR LVS DAR BRI TEX TAL NSH CAL RCH GTY NZH CLT DOV NSH KEN MLW DAY CHI NHA PPR IRP MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV KAN
20
CLT MEM ATL PHO CAR HOM 120th 103
2004 Team Rensi Motorsports 35 Ford DAY CAR LVS DAR BRI TEX NSH TAL CAL GTY RCH NZH CLT DOV NSH KEN MLW DAY CHI NHA PPR IRP
24
MCH
DNQ
BRI CAL RCH
25
DOV
31
KAN CLT MEM
36
ATL
18
PHO DAR HOM 66th 413
2006 Odle Motorsports 79 Chevy DAY CAL MXC LVS ATL BRI TEX NSH PHO TAL RCH DAR CLT DOV NSH KEN MLW DAY CHI NHA MAR GTY IRP GLN MCH BRI CAL RCH DOV KAN CLT MEM
40
TEX PHO HOM 141st 43
2007 D.D.L. Motorsports 01 Chevy DAY CAL MXC LVS ATL BRI NSH TEX PHO TAL RCH DAR CLT DOV NSH KEN
27
MLW NHA DAY CHI GTY IRP
36
CGV GLN MCH BRI CAL RCH DOV KAN CLT MEM TEX PHO HOM 118th 137
2008 ThorSport Racing 13 Chevy DAY CAL LVS ATL BRI NSH TEX PHO MXC TAL RCH DAR CLT DOV NSH KEN MLW NHA DAY CHI GTY IRP
20
CGV GLN MCH BRI
23
CAL RCH DOV KAN CLT MEM TEX PHO HOM 94th 197
2009 ML Motorsports 70 Chevy DAY CAL LVS BRI TEX
32
NSH
14
PHO TAL
27
RCH
13
DAR CLT DOV NSH
12
KEN
26
MLW
23
NHA DAY CHI
26
GTY
13
IRP
19
IOW
DNQ
GLN MCH
18
BRI
DNQ
CGV ATL
21
RCH
35
DOV KAN
26
CAL CLT MEM
12
TEX
31
PHO HOM
33
33rd 1,603
2010 DAY
DNQ
CAL LVS
20
BRI
34
NSH
16
PHO TEX
25
TAL
19
RCH
30
DAR DOV CLT NSH
22
KEN
17
ROA NHA DAY
26
CHI
20
GTY
12
IRP
14
IOW
12
GLN MCH
23
BRI
24
CGV ATL RCH
24
DOV KAN
20
CAL CLT
39
GTY
27
TEX
28
PHO HOM
36
26th 1,962
2011 DAY
22
PHO
28
LVS
29
BRI
27
CAL TEX
30
TAL NSH RCH DAR DOV IOW CLT CHI MCH ROA DAY KEN NHA NSH IRP IOW GLN CGV BRI ATL RCH CHI DOV KAN CLT TEX PHO HOM 44th 84

Camping World Truck SeriesEdit

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 NCTC Pts
2004 Bill Davis Racing 23 Toyota DAY
29
ATL
25
MAR
23
MFD
23
CLT
33
DOV TEX
21
MEM
24
MLW
21
KAN KEN GTW MCH IRP NSH BRI RCH NHA LVS CAL TEX MAR PHO DAR HOM 33rd 692
2008 ThorSport Racing 13 Chevy DAY
15
CAL
25
ATL
26
MAR
34
KAN
16
CLT
20
MFD
6
DOV
19
TEX
20
MCH
19
MLW
14
MEM
16
KEN
36
IRP
5
NSH
22
BRI
26
GTW
23
NHA
14
LVS
18
TAL
17
MAR
13
ATL
22
TEX
17
PHO
19
HOM
25
17th 2,636
2010 Kevin Harvick Incorporated 2 Chevy DAY ATL MAR NSH KAN DOV CLT TEX MCH IOW GTY IRP
11
POC NSH DAR BRI CHI
31
KEN
19
NHA LVS MAR TAL TEX PHO HOM 63rd 306

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