Two top-25s in five starts in the No. 95 at Bristol Motor Speedway make Michael McDowell an interesting choice this week. He finished 18th in August 2014 and 22nd the following spring.
Michael McDowell has climbed out of the No. 95 on a few occasions this year to make room for pre-rookie Ty Dillon, but he has been a solid value on other occasions. In 18 starts, he has scored one top-10, another top-15, and four total top-20s.
Michael McDowell was notably fast in qualification for the Cheez-it 355 at the Glen. He posted a speed of 125.370 mph that was good enough for 11th on the grid.
Michael McDowell’s career on road courses has been marked by some solid runs and some bad luck. When he stays out of trouble, he can finish in the top 25 like he did last August at Watkins Glen International. When he struggles, he finishes near the back of the pack like he did at Sonoma Raceway.
Michael McDowell will celebrate his 200th career Sprint Cup Series start when he takes the green flag at Watkins Glen International this Sunday.
Michael McDowell failed to advance to the second round of qualification, but he logged an impressive time nonetheless. His lap of 182.819 mph puts him 27th on the grid for the Crown Royal Combat Wounded Coalition 400 at the Brickyard.
Michael McDowell improved by nearly 10 positions in Friday’s two practice sessions. He was 31st fastest in the morning session with a lap of 175.829 mph and was 22nd-best in the afternoon at 180.839.
Michael McDowell finished 10th in the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona after starting 37th. His 27 place-differential points coupled with a 10th-place result made him one of this week’s top fantasy earners and the feel-good story of the week.
Michael McDowell finished 15th in the Daytona 500, which made him one of the better fantasy values this spring. In the Geico 500 at Talladega SuperSpeedway, he barely missed sweeping the top 20 with a result of 21st.
Michael McDowell has one of the five-best place differentials in 2016. With an average starting position of 31.25 and finish of 26.75 in 12 starts, he finished 4.5 spots better and those extra points are often very important to success in a fantasy league.
Richard Childress Racing added Ben Kennedy, Sam Hornish Jr., AJ Allmendinger and Michael McDowell to its 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) team roster to drive the No. 2 Chevrolet Camaro in races at Iowa Speedway, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Road America and Kentucky Speedway.
Michael McDowell spun harmlessly in the Sprint Showdown with four laps remaining in the first segment.
Michael McDowell was the last driver to hit the track Friday afternoon. He posted a lap of 156.993 mph, which put him 32nd on the speed chart.
In 16 starts on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks in the No. 95, Michael McDowell has been running at the end of all but one race. He blew an engine in the 2014 Las Vegas Motor Speedway event. He has been on track ever since.