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

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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

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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

Leavine Family Racing will finish up the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season competing in six of the final seven races on the schedule.

Michael McDowell will pilot the No. 95 Ford at Kansas, Charlotte, Talladega, Texas, Phoenix and Homestead. "This is an important stretch of races for us," said McDowell. "We have an opportunity to build our data and information to prepare for the 2015 season." LFR’s two best finishes this season have come at a superspeedway (seventh at Daytona) and a short track (18th at Bristol). The mile and a half tracks have proven a challenge for the team and Kansas will be an important race to further develop the team’s intermediate race program. -Leavine Family Racing
Thu, Oct 2, 2014 08:19:00 PM

Sprint Cup regular (Leavine Family Racing No. 95) Michael McDowell will make his first start in the No. 22 Discount Tire Ford Mustang this weekend in the Nationwide Series 300 at Kentucky Speedway.

McDowell will be the fifth different driver this year to pilot the Mustang for the 22 team. Ryan Blaney, Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano and Alex Tagliani have all made at least one start for the team this season. So far, the No. 22 Discount Tire Ford has led a total of 646 laps, has won four races and captured seven poles. McDowell looks to add to these impressive stats this weekend in Kentucky.-Team Penske
Wed, Sep 17, 2014 07:35:00 PM

Michael McDowell will probably be happy if his name does not get mentioned this week at Bristol. His last three efforts on this track ended in two accidents and one blown engine.

The last time McDowell had an incident-free race, he finished 23rd in the 2012 Irwin Tools Night Race.
Fri, Aug 22, 2014 12:09:00 PM

Sprint Cup regular (Leavine Racing No. 95) Michael McDowell will pilot the #20 Toyota Camry for the second time this season at Iowa; he previously finished seventh at the circuit.

He returns to Iowa for his eighth-career Nationwide start at the .875-mile track and the sixth time he will carry the Pizza Ranch colors. In his previous seven starts at the track, McDowell's best finish came in 2012 when he finished third. In addition to his third-place finish, McDowell has five top-10 finishes, an average start of 9.7 and an average finish of 7.7. He has led 36 laps and completed 100 percent of laps attempted (1,500 of 1,500).(JGR)
Thu, Jul 31, 2014 09:51:00 PM

Michael McDowell has been running on the lead lap in his last two races of 2014 and he hopes that trend continues in the Crown Royal 400.

The team attempted to make the majority of the races at the beginning of the season and their results suffered. Since scaling back, they have been able to consolidate their resources and run much better. In a marquee race like the Crown Royal 400 each position is worth a considerably higher payday, which could mean the difference in making or missing some shows later in the season.
Tue, Jul 22, 2014 07:01:00 PM

The No. 95 Leavine Family Ford has only made 10 starts this season, but since scaling back their operation their results have improved.

They attempted to qualify for most of the races through April and had a best result of 30th at Texas. Their last two attempts came at Sonoma and Daytona where they finished on the lead lap in both events and scored a season-high of seventh in the Coke Zero 400.
Thu, Jul 17, 2014 10:05:00 PM

Michael McDowell finishes 7th in Sunday's rain-shortened NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway.

He started the No. 95 Ford Fusion 27th on the grid for the Coke Zero 400. He is currently 38th in the 2014 NSCS point standings.
Mon, Jul 7, 2014 08:16:00 PM

Michael McDowell (No. 95 Ford Fusion) wins the American Ethanol Green Flag Restart award at Daytona International Speedway.

The award is given to the eligible driver that records the fastest average speed on restarts and finishes the race on the lead lap. He earned the award for his 7th place finish in the Sprint Cup Coke Zero 400 at Daytona. He is 38th in the 2014 Sprint Cup point standings.
Sun, Jul 6, 2014 04:19:00 PM

Michael McDowell has made two other NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at the 2.52-mile Sonoma Raceway road course.

He earned a career-best 28th-place finish at the track in June 2008. McDowell also has one GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series start at the track, where he finished 10th in 2006. In seven previous NASCAR Sprint Cup Series road course races, McDowell has an average starting position of 27.1, and an average finishing position of 33.4. In 12 NASCAR Nationwide Series starts on a road course, McDowell has posted three top-five and five top-10 finishes including two pole awards.-Leavine Family Racing
Wed, Jun 18, 2014 12:27:00 PM

This weekend marks Michael McDowell's second Charlotte Motor Speedway appearance with Leavine Family Racing.

The Glendale, Ariz. driver has made nine other NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at the 1.5-mile track. He first McDowell first drove for LFR at last week's Sprint All-Star race. He earned a career-best 31st-place finish at the track in October 2012. As well, in four NASCAR Nationwide Series starts at the track, he finished a 20th in May 2009 and 2010.-Leavine Family Racing
Wed, May 21, 2014 09:48:00 PM

Returning to Iowa Speedway for the first time since 2012, Michael McDowell will be making his seventh-career start at the .875-mile track and the fifth time he will carry the Pizza Ranch colors.

In his previous six starts at the track, his best finish came in 2012 when he finished third. In addition, he has five top-10 finishes, an average start of 9.7 and an average finish of 7.7. He has led 36 laps and completed 100 percent of laps attempted (1,500 of 1,500). This season Pizza Ranch will serve at the primary sponsor for Michael McDowell and the #20 Toyota Camry team for both NNS races at Iowa Speedway.(Joe Gibbs Racing)
Thu, May 15, 2014 08:30:00 PM

This weekend marks Michael McDowell's first Talladega Superspeedway appearance for Leavine Family Racing, but the Glendale, Ariz., driver has made seven other NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at the 2.66-mile track.

He earned a career-best 15th-place finish at the track in October 2013. As well, in two NASCAR Nationwide Series starts at the track, he finished a 15th in April 2009 and 23rd in April 2010. McDowell also has two starts at the Lincoln, Ala., track in the ARCA Racing Series, including a fifth-place finish in 2006.-Leavine Family Racing
Wed, Apr 30, 2014 04:46:00 PM