A fire in the Levine Family Racing shops on Friday destroyed four cars—mostly scheduled to be backups in upcoming races—but no one was injured, according to NBC’s Dustin Long.
Michael McDowell has been steady and consistent on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks while driving for the No. 95 Leavine Family Racing team.
Michael McDowell fits into the category of drivers one might wish to evaluate but not start at Talladega SuperSpeedway. His last five plate attempts from 2014 and 2015 have resulted in a wide range of results that makes him unpredictable.
Short tracks are generally considered driver’s tracks and Michael McDowell proved that even part time teams could compete on them last fall. After starting 28th, he stayed within two laps of the leaders and finished 18th.
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.
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.
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.
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.