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Michael McDowell

Team: Leavine Family-Circle Sport-95
Age / DOB:  (32) / 12/21/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 170

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Michael McDowell scored a top-20 finish last fall at Bristol Motor Speedway, which was his second on that track in 13 starts with his current team.
McDowell has been a solid pick on several occasions this year, and given that there is a high potential for chaos with the new segment rules, he should be firmly on players’ radar screens. Apr 21 - 1:11 PM

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Michael McDowell earned only one top-15 and two top-20s this year, but with a modest salary cap, he has been a good fantasy value.

Four of his seven efforts landed in the top-25 and one more was a 26th. If he qualifies outside the top 30, he is liable to earn positive place-differential points and that will add to his appeal.
Apr 15 - 5:43 PM

Michael McDowell has a better than average chance of finishing in the high-20s this week at Auto Club Speedway.

McDowell finished 31st in two attempts on two-mile tracks last year, but this team improved radically during the fall after his Pure Michigan 400 run. He is likely to be more than two laps off the pace, but should be able to finish notably better than last year. If he does so, he will have a career-best finish on this track type.
Mar 21 - 8:49 PM

Michael McDowell finished 26th in last year’s spring Good Sam 500 at Phoenix International Raceway, which is his career-best finish there.

McDowell improved five positions over his previous best, but he failed to crack the top 15. Phoenix is his hometown and he has some extra incentive to run well there. This will be a good test of how many gains the team has made over the winter and whether his direct competition has caught up.
Mar 14 - 5:30 PM

Michael McDowell entered the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway with a three-race, top-25 streak. He finished only 29th last weekend and expects to rebound in Las Vegas.

McDowell has shown a lot of improvement since last fall when Todd Parrott came on board with the No. 95 Leavine Family Racing team. A result of 29th was not stellar, but McDowell added seven place-differential points to his finishing result and that made him a moderately good value. Another positive is that he has been running at the end of the last 22 races he has started on a similarly-configured, 1.5-mile track.
Mar 9 - 9:55 AM

Michael McDowell’s best finish on a similarly-configured, 1.5-mile track came last fall in the Bank of America 500. He finished 14th in the first race with Todd Parrott as crew chief of the No. 95.

His next two efforts on this course type were also respectable. McDowell finished 22nd at Kansas Speedway and 23rd at Texas Motor Speedway last fall and that is the range he should be expected to finish this week. With a low salary cap in most games, he will be one of the best dark horse values in the game.
Mar 2 - 12:07 PM

Michael McDowell might be worth a roll of the dice for the Daytona 500; three of his last five Daytona International Speedway starts ended in top-15 finishes.

McDowell swept the top 15 last year driving this same No. 95 Leavine Family car. He missed the 2015 Coke Zero 400, but finished seventh in that event one year previous. Even with his 31st in the 2015 Daytona 500, he managed to stay on the lead lap.
Feb 16 - 12:57 AM

As previously announced, Michael McDowell will return to the No. 95 Leavine Family Racing team in 2017 and he will have Todd Parrott as his crew chief.

The addition of Parrott last fall made McDowell one of the best fantasy values in nearly every game. In their seven races together, McDowell finished on the lead lap four times, recorded one top-10, another top-15, a 16th, an 18th, and only one result worse than 23rd. Salary cap managers struggled to find a new level for the surging driver and when McDowell finished 10th in the season finale, he helped a lot of astute players win their league. "With both Michael and Todd returning to the team this season we are looking to maintain the consistency we found towards the end of last year and continue to push forward and build off the positive momentum," said Jeremy Lange, Vice President of Leavine Family Racing.
Jan 5 - 12:18 PM

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.
Sun, Nov 27, 2016 09:32:00 PM

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.
Sun, Nov 20, 2016 10:54:00 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.
Fri, Nov 18, 2016 05:41:00 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.
Thu, Nov 17, 2016 07:56:00 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.
Fri, Nov 11, 2016 01:34:00 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.
Tue, Oct 25, 2016 10:50:00 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.
Sun, Oct 16, 2016 09:22:00 PM