Big Dog champion, Todd Howard, hopes to repeat

After preseason testing was completed for the 2011 season, it became evident that if you weren’t able to run consistently in the 3-second zone in Big Dog trim, you were NOT going to be competitive. Title sponsor, CV Products, developed the 3-Second Club for Big Dog competitors and so it was only fitting that Todd Howard, now points champ, be the first driver to put a car in the 3’s. A 3.95, to be exact.

Tuning help came from Rickie Smith at the first event in April and the results were: Qualifying ET at 3.95; first round 4.08; second round 4.005; final round 4.01 to defeat the second member of the 3-Second Club and 2010 champ, Danny Perry.

Approximately 30 different cars and drivers received points during the year and any of them could have succeeded in upending the Todd Howard/Jerry Williams nitrous-assisted Mustang.

Dependable power from Hall of Famer, Gene Fulton, allowed the crew to tune the chassis to the track in a car that owner Jerry Williams says is “heavy”. The Jerry Haas-built Pro Mod car needed only regular maintenance between rounds and in August Howard won again, giving Howard three wins for the year.

Over the course of the season, the Howard/Williams car consistently ran between 3.99 and 4.08, raising the bar for the competition this season. Dates for the 2012 Big Dog series at Piedmont Dragway in Greensboro, NC, are: Apr. 5, May 3, June 7, July 4-5, aug. 2, Sept. 6, and Oct. 14.

Other members of the CV Products 3-Second Club are Chris Rini, Brian Williams, Darrin Hoyle, Tommy Mauney, Todd Tutterow, Edward Wilson, Jason Harris, Charles Terrell and Andy Beal.  (Greg Burrow photos) [1/9/2012]