HILLSBURGH, ON- Immediately following his fourth feature win of the season, it was tough not to notice the chatter throughout the Mini Stock paddock. Jordan Howse had solidified himself as a strong contender for the 2015 Sunset Speedway championship. Now, with only four points nights remaining, and only three points separating Howse from current leader Doug Butler, the entire province is keeping a close eye on the rapidly intensifying battle.
“It’s getting a little harder to ignore where we are in the points,” admits Howse when asked about the back and forth battle.
“It felt like every text message I got on Sunday was someone asking me about the points. But, we’re still sticking to the plan. The points will sort themselves out. We just want to come out and win as many features as we can between now and the end of the schedule”
All season, Howse has maintained that his family-run team’s focus is on accumulating victories – not chasing points. And, as the season continues to dwindle down, the second-generation star appears committed to the team’s ‘win at all costs’ mindset.
“A Sunset Speedway championship would mean the absolute world to me. I’m not downplaying the importance of a division title at all,” explains Howse. “But, our team just feels like we’re at our best when we focus on one race at a time. The best way to points race is to win. That’s the way my Dad’s always looked at it.”
The son of former Flamboro Speedway champion Paul Howse, Jordan knows that no matter a team’s work rate or how capable a car and driver can be, a championship is never a sure thing.
“I’ve seen Dad have awesome years where he won a ton of races but couldn’t sew up the championship,” offers the 16-year old. “A few bad nights can take you out of the standings completely. Nothing is guaranteed – especially in a division as tight as ours. So we’ll just keep doing our job, which is put everything we have into winning races, and see where we finish in the standings when everything is said and done”
“We came into this season knowing that we couldn’t let these other teams outwork us. Our goals started and ended with us wanting to put in more hours and more effort than anyone else in the division, and I feel like we’ve accomplished that”
“I couldn’t ask for anything more than what this team has given me this year. I’m the luckiest guy in the world – because everyone around me wants us to win more than anything in the world. That’s all the motivation I need.”
Details for August 15th’s event can be found at www.SunsetSpeedway.ca.
Jordan Howse is proud to represent Stewart’s Equipment, Kubota, Glenn Windrem Trucking, Paul Howse and Associates, Central Industrial Supply, Foodland of Hillsburgh, Progressive Waste, Howse Automotive, John Teune Engines, FierceWraps.ca, MacMaster Motorsports, Chris Braiding and Georgia Beck Brooms throughout the 2015 season.
Fans can keep up with Jordan on Twitter @JHowse72 and on Facebook at the brand new Jordan Howse Racing page.
By Spencer Lewis (@itsspencerlewis)
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