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Michael McDowell |

Team: Leavine Family Racing-95
Age / DOB:  (30) / 12/21/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 170

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Michael McDowell has made only three attempts in the No. 95 Leavine Family Racing Ford, but he has been a surprisingly good value most weeks. His average finish of 29th puts him ahead of one third of the teams competing.
McDowell’s best finish was a 27th at Atlanta and his worst was a 31st at Daytona. That narrow range of results makes him predictable, which is one of the best traits a driver can have in fantasy games. Apr 1 - 10:28 AM

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When he crossed under the checkers 27th in the Folds of Honor Quik Trip 500 at Atlanta, Michael McDowell scored his second 20-something finish in his last three starts on a similarly-configured, 1.5-mile track.

Running a part time schedule has been good for the No. 95 team. Their results have consistently improved to make them solid low-cap picks and that trend should continue at Las Vegas.
Mar 5 - 10:35 AM

Michael McDowell and the No. 95 team blew an engine at Las Vegas last year in the second attempt of the season, while they still had plans to make all the races. Once they trimmed their schedule, results improved.

Five of the six races for which they qualified on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks ended in a narrow range of results from 29th to 32nd, which made them an interesting choice for the bottom salary cap slot.
Feb 26 - 10:47 AM

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.

McDowell advanced from 27th to score that top-10; he will start 23rd this week after finishing 12th in his Gatorade Duel. He also has another top-10 in 2013 racing the No. 98 Phil Parsons car.
Feb 20 - 2:46 PM

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.

Dark horses abound at Daytona and McDowell should be considered one of them. He finished seventh in last year’s Coke Zero 400 and was ninth in the 2013 Daytona 500.
Feb 14 - 3:29 PM

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.

For a team with a limited budget, the No. 95 was a surprisingly good value at a number of venues. They finished 18th at Bristol in the fall, 21st at Homestead, and 24th at Sonoma. McDowell should also be considered for a bargain basement pick on the restrictor-plate, superspeedways because he crossed under the checkers seventh in the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona.
Feb 8 - 9:53 AM

Leavine Family Racing has announced an extended sponsorship with Thrivent Financial for the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.

The financial services organization will be the primary sponsor on the No. 95 Ford Fusion driven by Michael McDowell for 10 races and an associate sponsor for another 10 races. Thrivent will kick off this season as the primary sponsor on the No. 95 at the 57th annual DAYTONA 500, NASCAR’s season-opener and most prestigious race. Thrivent was introduced to NASCAR last year when they teamed with Leavine Family Racing for a multi-race sponsorship of the No. 95 including a primary sponsorship of the team at Bristol Motor Speedway in August where McDowell secured an 18th-place finish.
Feb 1 - 10:28 AM

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.

The Leavine Family Racing team has been sticking around until the end of races and should easily beat their career-best even through attrition. However, fantasy owners can expect much better results because their last two efforts netted a 30th on the 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway and 31st at Phoenix International Raceway.
Wed, Nov 12, 2014 12:31:00 PM

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.

McDowell failed to qualify at Atlanta, but he was a decent value the last time he raced on this track type at Charlotte. He finished 29th in the Bank of America 500 and performed well at his salary cap.
Thu, Oct 30, 2014 05:45:00 PM

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.

McDowell has made limited starts in the No. 95 this year and that has kept his salary cap low. As recently as Bristol, he finished in the top 20 and was even a decent value with his 32nd-place finish in the MyAFibStory.com 400 at Chicagoland considering his bargain basement price tag.
Fri, Oct 3, 2014 03:01:00 PM

Leavine Family Racing will finish up the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season competing in six of the final seven races on the schedule.

Michael McDowell will pilot the No. 95 Ford at Kansas, Charlotte, Talladega, Texas, Phoenix and Homestead. "This is an important stretch of races for us," said McDowell. "We have an opportunity to build our data and information to prepare for the 2015 season." LFR’s two best finishes this season have come at a superspeedway (seventh at Daytona) and a short track (18th at Bristol). The mile and a half tracks have proven a challenge for the team and Kansas will be an important race to further develop the team’s intermediate race program. -Leavine Family Racing
Thu, Oct 2, 2014 08:19:00 PM

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.

McDowell will be the fifth different driver this year to pilot the Mustang for the 22 team. Ryan Blaney, Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano and Alex Tagliani have all made at least one start for the team this season. So far, the No. 22 Discount Tire Ford has led a total of 646 laps, has won four races and captured seven poles. McDowell looks to add to these impressive stats this weekend in Kentucky.-Team Penske
Wed, Sep 17, 2014 07:35:00 PM

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.

The last time McDowell had an incident-free race, he finished 23rd in the 2012 Irwin Tools Night Race.
Fri, Aug 22, 2014 12:09:00 PM

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.

He returns to Iowa for his eighth-career Nationwide start at the .875-mile track and the sixth time he will carry the Pizza Ranch colors. In his previous seven starts at the track, McDowell's best finish came in 2012 when he finished third. In addition to his third-place finish, McDowell has five top-10 finishes, an average start of 9.7 and an average finish of 7.7. He has led 36 laps and completed 100 percent of laps attempted (1,500 of 1,500).(JGR)-jayski.com
Thu, Jul 31, 2014 09:51:00 PM

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 team attempted to make the majority of the races at the beginning of the season and their results suffered. Since scaling back, they have been able to consolidate their resources and run much better. In a marquee race like the Crown Royal 400 each position is worth a considerably higher payday, which could mean the difference in making or missing some shows later in the season.
Tue, Jul 22, 2014 07:01:00 PM