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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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After failing to get a chance to make the show in his past two races because of weather, Michael McDowell and the No. 95 Leavine Family Racing Ford will attempt to qualify for the Crown Royal Jeff Kyle 400 at the Brickyard. If McDowell makes the show, it will be his sixth start in this race.
McDowell was a surprisingly good value last year in the same ride. He finished on the lead lap in 26th, which made him well worth his bargain basement price tag in salary cap games. Jul 22 - 10:00 AM

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Michael McDowell posted ninth-fastest lap in the final practice session with a speed of 95.453 mph for the Toyota / Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway.

McDowell has extensive road course experience and was considered a sleeper at the beginning of the weekend. At his cap level, he is a steal.
Jun 26 - 7:55 PM

Many fantasy players overlook the fact that Michael McDowell has an extensive road course racing background and that could create an opportunity for astute owners. Last year, McDowell finished 24th in the Toyota / Save Mart 350.

McDowell crashed in the next road course race at the Glen and finished 42nd, which most likely caused him to fall off the radar screen. If the No. 95 qualifies and practices well, they could be this week’s most productive dark horse.
Jun 23 - 6:58 PM

Part time driver Michael McDowell has been situationally strong on a few occasions this season. His top-25 at Bristol and three other top-30s have made him a good value at his level.

This team is making the most of their resources and by not attending every race, they can double their efforts. Keep an eye for the No. 95 each time they hit the track.
Jun 18 - 8:20 PM

Part time driver Michael McDowell has been situationally strong on a few occasions this season. His top-25 at Bristol and three other top-30s have made him a good value at his level.

This team is making the most of their resources and by not attending every race, they can double their efforts. Keep an eye for the No. 95 each time they hit the track.
Jun 18 - 8:20 PM

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

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