Josh Lowder will be competing in the Myrtle Beach 250 for the first time this weekend at Myrtle Beach Speedway and he has every expectation of winning in the biggest Limited Late Model race of the season.
Lowder, 30, from Archdale, North Carolina has won at three different tracks so far this season. He won races at Ace Speedway, Caraway Speedway, and Orange County Speedway in Limited Late Models, racking up six total wins on the year – one of the best years in his career.
“It’s not been our best year, but it’s been a good year for us,” Lowder said. “I’m real happy with it. We got a real good car and it’s been fast everywhere we went. We brought Carl Auman on this year and that’s really helped a lot. The car’s been great. We’ve been to three different tracks and won, we’ve never done that before.”
Now, Lowder is heading to Myrtle Beach Speedway for the first time in his career. During Thursday’s practice session for the Myrtle Beach 250, Lowder was 10th quickest – but he knows that the race will come down to tire management and survival.
“I’d like to win it,” Lowder said. “I want to come out of here with a win. That’s what we came to do.”
History tends to tell us the Myrtle Beach 250 is either a frantic race with a lot of cautions or a clean race with little to no stoppage. Recent history also tends to tell us the cars that start up front come away with the win. But, this year, the feature race has been shortened to 75 laps from its normal 100, and that could change everything.
“I think it’s going to be a bit of a wreckfest,” Lowder explained. “I’d like to start top-five and hand around there and stay out of trouble. This race is going to be about saving tires and being there at the end. I think staying out of trouble is going to be more important and saving tires. I’ve seen cars come from the back and win and I’ve seen cars start on the pole and win it. For this race, it’s going to be stay out of trouble, keep the tires on it, and save it for the end.”
Over 40 cars are expected to make the trip to Myrtle Beach Speedway for the Myrtle Beach 250 on Saturday afternoon. Practice will continue throughout the day on Friday. On Saturday, qualifying will get underway at 1:30pm and the feature racing program will commence at 3:30pm. Race22.com will have RACEDAY LIVE coverage all day Saturday.