Myrtle Beach, Anderson Champion, Ryan Howard Caps Off 2019 With 13 Winsby Hunter Thomas November 4, 2019 0 comments
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – With a combined 13 wins, Ryan Howard won the 2019 Mini Stock Track Championship at NASCAR Home Tracks, Myrtle Beach Speedway and Anderson Motor Speedway.
Howard is a 21-year-old from Anderson, South Carolina, and throughout the 2019 season at Myrtle Beach Speedway, he captured six Mini Stock wins en route to the championship. The track title came during his first full season competing at the track.
“This year at Myrtle was my first full season there,” Howard said. “We started off strong and had a pretty good points lead then had a parts failure leading the race and that cost us and made the points chase back close. After that we had a pretty much flawless rest of the season winning the last three in a row!”
Howard kicked off the 2019 season with a win in Myrtle Beach Speedway’s IceBreaker in February. Two months later, he won a race in April and then captured three consecutive victories in September. Two of the wins came during a doubleheader on September 7. He also won the prestigious season-ending $1,000-to-win Mini Stock race in October at Myrtle Beach Speedway.
“This was definitely my best season yet, it’s truly a blessing to do what I love and be very successful at it,” Howard said. “Reaching Victory Lane never gets old, I get the same ‘I did it!’ feeling every time, no matter what track I’m at.”
Living more than four hours away from Myrtle Beach Speedway made the haul difficult, but it also made the championship title that much sweeter as well; however, the success didn’t stop on South Carolina’s Grand Stand. Howard also went on to capture the Mini Stock Track Championship at Anderson Motor Speedway after visiting Victory Lane on seven occasions at the track in South Carolina’s Upstate. Howard credited the support of his family for the incredibly successful year.
“The emotions of winning the championship at Myrtle are pretty strong,” Howard said. “I live four hours away so making the long haul over and over was rough but winning the championship made it all worth it. This was my first/second championship as I won the championship at Anderson Motor Speedway also. I have to thank my dad and mom for everything they’ve done for me to get me to this point and a huge thanks to Ken Candiotti for supplying me with a car and engine to do it. Without him this wouldn’t have happened!”
Cover photo contributed by Ryan Howard