Michael McDowell earned his fourth top-20 finish in the past nine Cup races with a 12th at Richmond International Raceway in the Federated Auto Parts 400.
Michael McDowell has not made a start at Darlington Raceway since 2013 when the Southern 500 was run in May. He parked early and finished 42nd. In fact, McDowell has been running at the end of only one previous start on this track and that was in 2008 in the Dodge Challenger 500.
Sprint Cup regular Michael McDowell (No. 95 Chevrolet SS), driving the Richard Childress Racing No. 2 Chevrolet Camaro, won the Road America 180, his first victory in 94 NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) races.
"Hopefully we’ll get it a little bit better for him before Sunday," Sam Hornish Jr. told reporters in Friday’s practice session, referencing his shaking down the No. 95 car that will be driven by Michael McDowell this Sunday. Battling extremely free conditions, Hornish is unaccustomed to the new low down force package, but hopes to "keep heading in the right direction."
Sprint Cup regular Michael McDowell, driving the No. 2 Rheem Chevrolet Camaro, led the first practice session for the XFINITY Series Road America 180 at Road America in Elkhart Lake, WI.
Michael McDowell will make his first start with the RCR No. 2 Rheem Chevrolet Camaro team at Road America.
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.