Howie Crowe Puts his 2016 Plans Into High Gear
By Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media
Running weekly at the local hometown racetrack – in front of your friends, neighbours and relatives – can be fun. But finishing at the front of the field can take a lot of hard work and long hours behind the scenes. In the Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car division at Peterborough Speedway, there are few teams who put in more effort than the #28 machine and driver Howie Crowe.
The veteran campaigner from the Alderville First Nation has been a fixture at the venue known as Canada's Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval for a number of seasons and after finishing in the runner-up position in the final point standings in each of the past 2 years, he says he's looking to regain the form that helped pave the way to his past championship winning performances.
"It's a very competitive field and with the right amount of racing luck, almost anyone can make it to the winner's circle," admitted Crowe. "Don't get me wrong. There's no shame in being second best, but its kind of like having a hot dog when you're used to the finest steak on the menu. I like a hot dog once in a while, but a great steak with roasted potatoes, sautéed onions and mushrooms can't be beat. When you've won once, you want to win all the time. You can't get enough of how great it tastes."
Heading into the 2016 calendar – beginning Saturday, May 21st with the Country 105 Season Opener – Howie Crowe will once again take to the track in search of a next checkered flag behind the wheel of his popular black Chevrolet Monte Carlo, backed by Crowe Brothers Roofing, Trail's End, Custom Steering and Mayhew Graphics. Team media and public relations services are provided by Clarke Motorsports Communications.
With experience on a wide variety of racetracks, Crowe admits there is always the possibility of some contact on the short tracks – especially at the tight, tricky bullrings like Peterborough Speedway – but that doesn't concern him. He's always preferred to race the drivers the way they race him. Sometimes, you can work your way through traffic by waiting for an opening, but occasionally need to use the bumper to gain a position comes into play.
"Our goal this year is to be strong out of the box," said Crowe, whose background includes a boxing championship in the United States Marine Corp. "We picked-up a main event win on the second night of the year in 2015 and put together some solid top 5 and top 10 efforts throughout the rest of the season, finishing things off with a solid run in the Autumn Colours Classic. You don't need to get to victory lane at every show to earn a track championship."
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