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Michael McDowell

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

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Michael McDowell will return full time in the No. 95 in 2017.
In 2016, this team made the No. 95 into an opportunity ride on a few occasions for Ty Dillon. The grandson of Richard Childress will not need that next year as another program is going to be announced, so McDowell will get into the car fulltime. With the addition of Todd Parrott at Charlotte this fall, their results improved considerably and McDowell will come out the gates as a solid dark horse. Nov 27 - 9:32 PM

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Michael McDowell finished 10th in the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway in a second Leavine Family entry to earn his first ever top-10 on an unrestricted speedway.

McDowell has been one of our top dark horses nearly every week since Todd Parrott came on board, but there was a little concern about how he would fare in the second entry for this lightly funded organization. Both he and Ty Dillon were on pace to finish well before the No. 95 was involved in a late-race crash, but the attrition helped level the field for the primary driver. McDowell has three previous top-10s at Daytona. including one this summer.
Nov 20 - 10:54 PM

Michael McDowell finished worse than 22nd for the first time since Todd Parrott joined the No. 95 team when he crashed last week at Phoenix International Raceway.

This was destined to be McDowell’s worst run since early October even before he hit the wall because he was 28th at the time. He will be in a second Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet this week so Ty Dillon can take over the No. 95. That means fantasy owners will not get a chance to see if he can rebound.
Nov 18 - 5:41 PM

Team leadership at Leavine Family Racing (LFR) has announced that the team has secured an ownership charter (from Tommy Baldwin Racing) in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

"Leavine Family Racing is committed to continued growth on and off the race track," said owner Bob Leavine. "The charter is a meaningful step forward for our team and provides us further stability as we look towards success in 2017 and beyond. We are confident that the purchase of the charter and continued improvement on the track will lead to increased revenue opportunities."-(LFR) This goes into effect this weekend at Homestead-Miami giving Michael McDowell a guaranteed start in Sunday's season finale.
Nov 17 - 7:56 PM

Michael McDowell enters the Can-Am 500 at Phoenix International Raceway with a five-race, top-25 streak; his worst result in that span came last week at Texas Motor Speedway with a 23rd.

This streak will probably continue because it began the week Todd Parrott became crew chief on the No. 95. The team was already trending upward, however, with a 26th the previous week at New Hampshire Motor Speedway—a track that is very similar to Phoenix.
Nov 11 - 1:34 PM

Michael McDowell finished 19th at Bristol Motor Speedway in August and 12th at Richmond last month to give him back-to-back top-20s on short tracks.

McDowell has been one of the best values at his salary cap in recent weeks and now that the series rolls onto a driver’s track he could pull out another surprise top-15. If a fantasy owner is playing multiple rosters, McDowell certainly deserves to be on a few as one of this week’s top dark horses.
Oct 25 - 10:50 AM

Michael McDowell finished 22nd in the Hollywood Casino 400 after starting the race 33rd.

This was McDowell’s third top-25 in the past five races and his second consecutive result in that range since Todd Parrott climbed on top of the pit box. In addition to points for his finishing position, McDowell claimed 11 place-differential points, which made him a solid value in games that offer them.
Oct 16 - 9:22 PM

Michael McDowell added Todd Parrott to his crew this week at Charlotte Motor Speedway and the combination immediately recorded a top-15 in the Bank of America 500.

McDowell needed a little help to stay on the lead lap, which came in the form of a late-race Wave Around and some attrition, but this weekend would have been a success with any top-20. Expect the team to carry their momentum forward to Kansas Speedway and McDowell has often been one of the top dark horses on restrictor-plate, superspeedways.
Oct 10 - 10:33 AM

Team leadership at Circle Sport – Leavine Family Racing has announced that Todd Parrott will assume crew chief duties for the No. 95 entry in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for the remainder of the 2016 season. Dave Winston will move to a race engineer role within the organization.

"Todd brings a depth of knowledge to our team and I’m excited to have him on top of the pit box at all of our races for the remainder of 2016," said Jeremy Lange, VP of CSLFR. "Todd has been calling the races while Ty Dillon has been in the car and we’re pleased to be able to continue our alliance with Richard Childress Racing and use their resources to help our growing team." Parrott has more than 20 years of experience in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage and won a championship with driver Dale Jarrett in 1999.-CSLFR
Oct 5 - 1:09 PM

Michael McDowell slapped the wall a minute after the New Hampshire Motor Speedway went back to green following Austin Dillon’s crash. With three minutes remaining in practice for the Bad Boy 300, he slapped the wall but did not do enough damage to cause him to roll out a backup.

McDowell scored top-10 points in NASCAR Daily Fantasy Contests two weeks ago at Richmond International Raceway and should be considered a dark horse this week. This slight incident does not hurt his handicap in any way; in fact, since he was practicing on the edge, it is likely this team came to race this weekend.
Sep 23 - 1:01 PM

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.

McDowell is regularly one of the cheapest drives in salary cap games and that makes him an incredibly good value when he finishes this well. With top-20s in nearly half of his recent attempts, this team is showing the importance of consistency in the cockpit. This current streak began with a 10th at Kentucky Speedway and McDowell has been in the No. 95 Circle Sport/Leavine Family team car in all but one of the races during that span.
Sep 12 - 12:35 PM

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.

McDowell has made four starts at Darlington and he has finished worse than he qualified every time. He failed to make the 2012 edition of this race. McDowell has been qualifying well in 2016, so look for that negative place-differential trend to continue.
Sep 3 - 11:43 AM

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.

This is his second top-10 finish in five NXS races at Road America. Brendan Gaughan (second) posted his third top-10 finish in five races at Road America. It is his 12th top-10 finish in 2016. Brennan Poole (third), making his first start at Road America, was the highest finishing Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender. Elliott Sadler leads the NXS Championship standings by 47 points over Daniel Suarez.
Aug 27 - 8:34 PM

"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."

With 20 minutes remaining in the first practice, Hornish was 34th on the speed chart. The No. 95 Circle Sport/Leavine Family team will start near the back based on qualification speeds, but McDowell should be able to earn place-differential points.
Aug 26 - 1:05 PM

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.

The lap of 108.847 mph lap was the best of the 31 cars completing laps in this session. No. 18 Owen Kelly, No. 22 Alex Tagliani, No. 42 Justin Marks and No. 62 Brendan Gaughan are the rest of the top five on the speed chart. John Jackson in the No. 40 Dodge was the slowest.
Aug 26 - 12:00 PM