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Team: Leavine Family-Circle Sport-95
Age / DOB:  (31) / 12/21/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 170

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Leavine Family Racing joins with Circle Sport Racing to run the full 36-race schedule in the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS).
The team enters an alliance with Richard Childress Racing (RCR) and will switch to Chevrolet SS race cars powered by ECR Engines. Michael McDowell, who is entering his third season driving for Leavine Family Racing, will be the primary driver and compete in at least 26 NSCS races in 2016. RCR driver Ty Dillon, who finished third in the 2015 NASCAR XFINITY Series Championship, will pilot the team’s entry for the remaining NSCS races. Specific races for each driver are being determined but both drivers will enter the Daytona 500. Jan 21 - 11:43 PM

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Winning fantasy leagues are just as often about managing the bottom of the roster as well as the top. In 16 starts in 2015, Michael McDowell and the Leavine Family Racing team scored 14 top-35 finishes.

McDowell was a consistently strong value at his cap level. With the exception of a freak accident at Richmond International Raceway when he ran into a service vehicle under caution, McDowell’s worst result was a 36th. He was forced to work on qualification trim most weekends in order to make the show, however, and earned positive place-differential points only five times for finishing better than he started.
Wed, Dec 2, 2015 10:54:00 AM

Michael McDowell (#95 Thrivent Financial Ford Fusion) finished 33rd in the November 22nd NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season-ending Ford EcoBoost 400 at Florida's Homestead-Miami Speedway.

The Leavine Family Racing driver started 29th in the lineup and completed 264 laps of the 267-lap event. McDowell, who competed in 16 of the season's 36 races, closed out the season 39th in the final 2015 Sprint Cup Series driver championship standings.
Mon, Nov 23, 2015 03:51:00 PM

Michael McDowell finished 41st at Homestead in 2012 and he was even worse the following year with a 43rd in 2013. Last year he finally found a good setup, however, and scored a very impressive 21st in the Ford 400.

McDowell has been stronger this year as the No. 95 team has concentrated on running as strong as possible in a part time schedule. McDowell represents a risk to fantasy players, but as a differentiator, he can be a great way to stretch the salary cap budget.
Thu, Nov 19, 2015 09:05:00 PM

Michael McDowell has been a good value a few times this year, but his effort on restrictor-plate, superspeedways has been uneven. He finished 31st in the Daytona 500 and failed to qualify at Talladega this May.

McDowell scored a top-10 in last year’s Coke Zero 400, but that seventh-place finish is not quite enough to recommend him. Fantasy owners who want to roll the dice on the No. 95 should wait until later in the season as this team’s part time status has improved their odds on several occasions.
Thu, Oct 22, 2015 08:34:00 PM

Ryan Blaney, Michael McDowell, and Travis Kvapil did not get a chance to qualify when rain canceled Friday’s time trials.

Make certain these drivers are not on your roster. Specifically Blaney was one of the most popular drivers based on his practice speeds.
Sat, Sep 19, 2015 11:42:00 AM

Michael McDowell will attempt to qualify at Richmond International Raceway for the first time since September 2013. He did not get a chance to qualify for last spring’s race because of weather.

The No. 95 team has been solid on several occasions this year, but their results have mostly been in the 30. One of McDowell’s best runs came at Bristol Motor Speedway—another short track—this spring when he finished 22nd.
Fri, Sep 11, 2015 10:38:00 AM

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.
Wed, Jul 22, 2015 10:00:00 AM

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.
Fri, Jun 26, 2015 07:55:00 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.
Tue, Jun 23, 2015 06:58:00 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.
Thu, Jun 18, 2015 08:20:00 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.
Thu, Jun 18, 2015 08:20:00 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.
Thu, May 21, 2015 10:20:00 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.
Fri, May 8, 2015 10:01:00 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.
Tue, May 5, 2015 07:20:00 PM