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.
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.
Michael McDowell and the No. 95 Leavine Family Racing team will run at least 20 races in 2015 and they could be useful for fantasy owners. Last year, after making the decision to stop running full time, their results improved.
Leavine Family Racing has announced an extended sponsorship with Thrivent Financial for the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.
Michael McDowell should be able to record a career-best finish at Homestead this week. In five previous attempts, his best result was a 41st in 2012.
Michael McDowell and the Leavine Family Racing team are back in the field for another attempt on a similarly-configured, 1.5-mile track. This will be their eighth attempt in 10 races.
Michael McDowell posted a lap of 192.568 mph in the first practice session for the Hollywood Casino 400. That was good enough for 30th on the speed chart and a strong effort for this part time team.
Leavine Family Racing will finish up the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season competing in six of the final seven races on the schedule.
Sprint Cup regular (Leavine Family Racing No. 95) Michael McDowell will make his first start in the No. 22 Discount Tire Ford Mustang this weekend in the Nationwide Series VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 at Kentucky Speedway.
Michael McDowell will probably be happy if his name does not get mentioned this week at Bristol. His last three efforts on this track ended in two accidents and one blown engine.
Sprint Cup regular (Leavine Racing No. 95) Michael McDowell will pilot the #20 Toyota Camry for the second time this season at Iowa; he previously finished seventh at the circuit.
Michael McDowell has been running on the lead lap in his last two races of 2014 and he hopes that trend continues in the Crown Royal 400.
The No. 95 Leavine Family Ford has only made 10 starts this season, but since scaling back their operation their results have improved.
Michael McDowell finishes 7th in Sunday's rain-shortened NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway.