To win you must have dedication, and the driver we are looking at today has it. Caleb Howard, pony driver of the #7. Caleb is 21 and works for Dalton Utilities, but Caleb gave up a career with the Fire Dept to chase his dream of racing. The men at station #9 sent a message to Caleb, “should he ever get tired of racing they would love to have him back.” one quote that stood out in my mind was “I would be proud to follow you in a house fire.” from
Lt. Jackie McCorkle. That is something not many people can say. But Caleb gave that up to drive a race car.
Caleb graduated from Northwest Whitfield High School in 2006, he is single, but Caleb says he looks forward to having children some day.
His goals for this season are to finish all the races and win a few, I think we all can see that happening. In his 3rd year of driving he says his favorite driver locally is Grady Stokes, who Caleb says helped with his car his favorite big time driver is the Chattanooga Flash Ronnie Johnson
. North Ga. Speedway is his favorite track but wants to try Green Valley Speedway one day. If Caleb isn’t racing you will find him in the woods, hunting, which is his second love. Don’t matter what he is hunting he just loves to hunt.
When asked who he would like to race against he says” I want to run with the best, that is where you learn everything” smart kid! Caleb went to the races for the first time when he was about 5 or 6 with Lee Gray who he went to school with, and the first time he went with his hero Grady Stokes Grady won. He says he don’t have any superstitions, “I got a black and green car and I have eat peanuts at the track” says Caleb. I asked him what he likes least about racing and he said “ money and time, because it takes all I got”. Driving in NASCAR Caleb says he would want to drive for Joe Gibbs so he could have Kyle “Rowdy” Busch as a teammate.
Caleb has Hayes Radiator and Garrett’ss Gas Lines as sponsors and his crew list is a long one, Grady Stokes, Ralph Langston, Lamar “bones” Cook, Bryan Cook, Alexis Cook, Natasha Stokes, Pete, Wendell, Milk Money, Player, Nathan Howard ,Jamie Hayes,Gradyy Garrett, Jeff Garrett, Mikie Silvers and his Dad, John Howard.
When I asked Caleb where he would like to race his answer was simple, “on the big tracks with the big boys”.
Caleb would like to give a big special thanks to the following:Dad&Beverly, Mom& Wayne, Nathan, Stokes Racing, Langston Racing and the guys at Dalton Utilities.
Caleb says his favorite saying is” It’s only money, cheat a little, lie a lot, and win a few”. Caleb really likes talking to the fans,and see’s them as one of his favorite things about racing.
So next time you see the black and green #7 roll into the track you know a little about him stand up and wave at him when he goes by, let him know his fans are watching, I know I will be.A special thanks to Mike at Mikessportsimages.com for some of the photos used in this story.