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Michael McDowell

Team: Front Row Motorsports-34
Age / DOB:  (33) / 12/21/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 170

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Michael McDowell has made eight previous starts at Auto Club Speedway and has never finished in the top 30.
In those eight starts, McDowell’s best finish is 31st, but six results were 38th or worse. He had a little success at Michigan International Speedway last year, but a pair of 20-something results does not recommend him this week. Mar 16 - 12:10 PM

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Michael McDowell was caught speeding on pit road and will have to restart stage two of the TicketGuardian 500k at ISM Raceway at the back of the pack.

McDowell should be able to move up to the top 20 still and could be a respectable dark horse.
Mar 11 - 4:36 PM

Michael McDowell headed to the garage 29 laps into the 80 that make up the second segment of the Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

McDowell was solid during practice and qualification, which made him one of the best dark horses of the race. The gamble has not paid off, so make sure he is not active on your roster.
Mar 4 - 4:55 PM

Seven of Michael McDowell’s 10-best similarly-configured, 1.5-mile track finishes came last year with Leavine Family Racing, including his best-ever 11th at Kansas Speedway in May.

McDowell should be in similar equipment this week and that should make him fantasy relevant if he can score another top-25, but only if he qualifies in the high-20s so that he can add some place-differential points.
Feb 21 - 5:59 PM

Michael McDowell started 22nd and finished ninth in the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway.

All week, we have been saying that the move of Kasey Kahne into the No. 95 and McDowell to the No. 34 would be a good thing. It turned out better than expected for McDowell, who scored his third Daytona top-10 in the past three years. It pays to take dark horses in the Great American Race.
Feb 18 - 7:44 PM

The 2018 Daytona 500 will be Michael McDowell's 250th career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start.

"There have been a lot of great drivers that have come through the series, and I feel very fortunate that I'm still here and have another opportunity this year. To make 250 is awesome, and to do it at Daytona is special." said the No. 34 Love's Travel Stops Ford driver. McDowell Daytona Stats: 13 starts, 1 top-5, 4 top-10s. Best finish: 4th.-Front Row Motorsports
Feb 15 - 12:45 PM

There are always a plethora of dark horses on restrictor-plate, superspeedways, but the combination of driver and his new team should make that one of the best track types for Michael McDowell.

McDowell moves into the No. 34 Front Row Motorsports car next year and the organization has thrived with David Ragan behind the wheel in the past. McDowell has two top-10s in the past three years at Daytona International Speedway. He is also remarkably strong on road courses with a pair of top-15s in that same time span.
Jan 31 - 11:51 AM

K-LOVE Radio will join Michael McDowell in his move to Front Row Motorsports (FRM), partnering with the No. 34 Ford team for five races in the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season.

K-LOVE is known nationally for its "Positive & Encouraging" message and has been part of McDowell’s racing career since 2010. K-LOVE will be showcased on the No. 34 Ford at ISM Raceway (March), Richmond International Raceway (April), Daytona International Speedway (July), Watkins Glen International (August) and Charlotte Motor Speedway (September).-FRM
Jan 23 - 11:22 AM

The Love’s Travel Stops and Front Row Motorsports partnership will extend into a sixth season in 2018. The familiar yellow and red Love’s paint scheme will return to the No. 34 Ford Fusion for 18 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races with driver Michael McDowell.

The Oklahoma City, Okla.-based company will adorn the No. 34 for a half-season schedule that includes the season-opening Daytona 500, both races at the company’s home track of Texas Motor Speedway, the Bristol Night Race and the Darlington Raceway throwback weekend. Derrick Finley will be the one calling the shots atop the No. 34 pit box in 2018. Finley has been named crew chief for McDowell’s team after serving in the same role for Front Row Motorsports’ No. 38 team in 2017.-Front Row Motorsports
Jan 22 - 12:50 PM

Michael McDowell finished fourth in the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway, which is his first career top-10 in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

McDowell’s previous best was a seventh in the 2014 edition of this race. He has four top-10s to his credit and all but one of them came at this track. In pre-race coverage, he was one of our top dark horse picks and rewarded that faith with a lot of points.
Sat, Jul 1, 2017 11:47:00 PM

Michael McDowell posted the second-fastest lap in Happy Hour for the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway with a speed of 193.249 mph.

Most often top-end speed at Daytona is meaningless, but one might want to pay attention this time because it means McDowell was able to hang in with the lead pack. He is one of the top dark horses this week and should be on a lot of fantasy rosters.
Fri, Jun 30, 2017 12:49:00 PM

Michael McDowell advanced to the final round of qualification at Pocono Raceway and posted a lap of 176.918 mph to qualified 11th for the Pocono 400.

McDowell has been one of the top dark horses since last fall’s race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. He does not consistently run in the top 15 and that has kept his value low. But he almost always has a great price-to-points ratio that makes him attractive when stretching a budget.
Sat, Jun 10, 2017 10:34:00 AM

"Something got tight" and that was all she wrote for the Michael McDowell with three minutes remaining in practice one for the 400 at Kansas Speedway.

McDowell was uncertain if it was in the drive train of engine, but the car went up in smoke. He was 25th on the speed chart at the time, only one position behind Hendrick Motorsports’ Kasey Kahne.
Fri, May 12, 2017 12:27:00 PM

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.
Fri, Apr 21, 2017 01:11:00 PM

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.
Sat, Apr 15, 2017 05:43:00 PM