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Michael McDowell |

Team: Leavine Family Racing-95
Age / DOB:  (30) / 12/21/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 170

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Michael McDowell will make his second start in as many weeks after posting the 25th fastest time in qualification for the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
McDowell qualified 31st last week on the similarly-configured, 1.5-mile Kansas Speedway and finished 36th, but the last time he rolled off the grid in this range, he finished 27th at Atlanta from a 24th-place gridding. Fantasy owners willing to roll the dice might find a great fantasy value in the No. 95. May 21 - 10:20 PM

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A fire in the Levine Family Racing shops on Friday destroyed four cars—mostly scheduled to be backups in upcoming races—but no one was injured, according to NBC’s Dustin Long.

McDowell qualified 31st for the SpongeBob 400 at Kansas Speedway and has been uniformly strong while competing part time this season. The loss of cars may impact their results later in the season, but the resolve at the No. 98 should be heightened and that will make them a good value on Saturday.
May 8 - 10:01 PM

Michael McDowell has been steady and consistent on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks while driving for the No. 95 Leavine Family Racing team.

In 10 starts on this track type, McDowell has earned seven results of 27th through 32nd. Another finish was 32nd, one was 35th, and he had one engine-related DNF last year. At issue is the fact that he often qualifies better than he finishes and loses place differential points.
May 5 - 7:20 PM

Michael McDowell fits into the category of drivers one might wish to evaluate but not start at Talladega SuperSpeedway. His last five plate attempts from 2014 and 2015 have resulted in a wide range of results that makes him unpredictable.

McDowell failed to transfer into the Daytona 500 in 2014, crashed at Talladega and finished 36th later that spring on the 2.66-miler, and then finished seventh in the Coke Zero 400. His last two attempts ended in a 41st at Talladega and a 31st at Daytona International Speedway this spring. One reason to evaluate him only this week—instead of taking a risk of starting him—is that the No. 95 team has been a consistently good value most weeks on a wide variety of tracks.
Apr 29 - 4:42 PM

Short tracks are generally considered driver’s tracks and Michael McDowell proved that even part time teams could compete on them last fall. After starting 28th, he stayed within two laps of the leaders and finished 18th.

McDowell is in the lineup again this week and could be one of the drivers that players use to differentiate their rosters. He finished only 37th in the 2014 spring race, but was slowed by crash damage.
Apr 17 - 8:48 AM

Michael McDowell has made only three attempts in the No. 95 Leavine Family Racing Ford, but he has been a surprisingly good value most weeks. His average finish of 29th puts him ahead of one third of the teams competing.

McDowell’s best finish was a 27th at Atlanta and his worst was a 31st at Daytona. That narrow range of results makes him predictable, which is one of the best traits a driver can have in fantasy games.
Apr 1 - 10:28 AM

When he crossed under the checkers 27th in the Folds of Honor Quik Trip 500 at Atlanta, Michael McDowell scored his second 20-something finish in his last three starts on a similarly-configured, 1.5-mile track.

Running a part time schedule has been good for the No. 95 team. Their results have consistently improved to make them solid low-cap picks and that trend should continue at Las Vegas.
Mar 5 - 10:35 AM

Michael McDowell and the No. 95 team blew an engine at Las Vegas last year in the second attempt of the season, while they still had plans to make all the races. Once they trimmed their schedule, results improved.

Five of the six races for which they qualified on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks ended in a narrow range of results from 29th to 32nd, which made them an interesting choice for the bottom salary cap slot.
Feb 26 - 10:47 AM

Michael McDowell failed to make the 2014 Daytona 500, but he was one of the best values in the Coke Zero 400 later that year. He finished seventh in the Leavine Family No. 95.

McDowell advanced from 27th to score that top-10; he will start 23rd this week after finishing 12th in his Gatorade Duel. He also has another top-10 in 2013 racing the No. 98 Phil Parsons car.
Feb 20 - 2:46 PM

Michael McDowell posted the fastest lap in the second practice session for qualification and the Gatorade Duels at Daytona. His top speed was 199.322 mph.

Dark horses abound at Daytona and McDowell should be considered one of them. He finished seventh in last year’s Coke Zero 400 and was ninth in the 2013 Daytona 500.
Feb 14 - 3:29 PM

Michael McDowell and the No. 95 Leavine Family Racing team will run at least 20 races in 2015 and they could be useful for fantasy owners. Last year, after making the decision to stop running full time, their results improved.

For a team with a limited budget, the No. 95 was a surprisingly good value at a number of venues. They finished 18th at Bristol in the fall, 21st at Homestead, and 24th at Sonoma. McDowell should also be considered for a bargain basement pick on the restrictor-plate, superspeedways because he crossed under the checkers seventh in the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona.
Feb 8 - 9:53 AM

Leavine Family Racing has announced an extended sponsorship with Thrivent Financial for the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.

The financial services organization will be the primary sponsor on the No. 95 Ford Fusion driven by Michael McDowell for 10 races and an associate sponsor for another 10 races. Thrivent will kick off this season as the primary sponsor on the No. 95 at the 57th annual DAYTONA 500, NASCAR’s season-opener and most prestigious race. Thrivent was introduced to NASCAR last year when they teamed with Leavine Family Racing for a multi-race sponsorship of the No. 95 including a primary sponsorship of the team at Bristol Motor Speedway in August where McDowell secured an 18th-place finish.
Feb 1 - 10:28 AM

Michael McDowell should be able to record a career-best finish at Homestead this week. In five previous attempts, his best result was a 41st in 2012.

The Leavine Family Racing team has been sticking around until the end of races and should easily beat their career-best even through attrition. However, fantasy owners can expect much better results because their last two efforts netted a 30th on the 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway and 31st at Phoenix International Raceway.
Wed, Nov 12, 2014 12:31:00 PM

Michael McDowell and the Leavine Family Racing team are back in the field for another attempt on a similarly-configured, 1.5-mile track. This will be their eighth attempt in 10 races.

McDowell failed to qualify at Atlanta, but he was a decent value the last time he raced on this track type at Charlotte. He finished 29th in the Bank of America 500 and performed well at his salary cap.
Thu, Oct 30, 2014 05:45:00 PM

Michael McDowell posted a lap of 192.568 mph in the first practice session for the Hollywood Casino 400. That was good enough for 30th on the speed chart and a strong effort for this part time team.

McDowell has made limited starts in the No. 95 this year and that has kept his salary cap low. As recently as Bristol, he finished in the top 20 and was even a decent value with his 32nd-place finish in the 400 at Chicagoland considering his bargain basement price tag.
Fri, Oct 3, 2014 03:01:00 PM