Right now, I think all of us in the racing community, especially the alcohol community are reeling from the loss of Shelly and Brian. Tragically Shelly and Brian lost their life in what very well may be the worst accident in the history of drag racing. If not the worst, certainly one of the worst. Rather than focus on the details of what happened Saturday night, I would like for us to start looking at the great woman and racer Shelly was. Without a doubt, Shelly was one of the most passionate racers out there. Whether you agreed with her or not, there was no doubt she meant business when it came to the category she loved, Top Alcohol Dragster. I think she was also one of the best racers in the alcohol ranks with the fans. She always took the time to talk with fans, and had a large following. I know that first hand as I wasn't much more than a kid wondering around the alcohol pits a few years back when I met and befriended Shelly in the mid 90's. I'd talk to her every year at the nationals in Houston after that, and the friendship grew from there. I became involved with Shelly in 2000 initially as PR rep, but eventually started working on her crew that year doing bottom end with Mark Gardner, finishing the year out with them, and working on and off with them over the next few years. I also sponsored her car as an associate from 2000 to present. Shelly was a very close friend, and much like a mother to many of us at the track. Regardless of what I had going, whatever happened, I always had a place to stay with the Howards at the track. It's really tragic to lose her, and Brian, who was a really nice guy. I'm not sure what his exact ailment was, but he was mentally handicapped, and Shelly took care of him. That was one of Shelly's main concerns if anything ever happened to her, that Brian would be taken care of. I'm really going to miss having her at the track. I think we all are. I can't imagine the pain the family is going through, but I'm sure everyone is praying for them. I'd also like to ask people to keep Tom Conway, Joe Monden and the crew in your prayers as well. Next Saturday in Heaven, it's the alcohol match race of the century, Shelly Howard vs. Darrell Russell. Rick Meyer will rejoin Shelly as crew chief, and I'm sure Heaven will get one great show... They will be sorely missed, but they are in paradise now. RIP Shelly and Brian God's Speed please feel free to use this thread to reflect your memories of Shelly. I'm sure we could all use good stories of better days right now.