Michael McDowell added Todd Parrott to his crew this week at Charlotte Motor Speedway and the combination immediately recorded a top-15 in the Bank of America 500.
Team leadership at Circle Sport – Leavine Family Racing has announced that Todd Parrott will assume crew chief duties for the No. 95 entry in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for the remainder of the 2016 season. Dave Winston will move to a race engineer role within the organization.
Michael McDowell slapped the wall a minute after the New Hampshire Motor Speedway went back to green following Austin Dillon’s crash. With three minutes remaining in practice for the Bad Boy 300, he slapped the wall but did not do enough damage to cause him to roll out a backup.
Michael McDowell earned his fourth top-20 finish in the past nine Cup races with a 12th at Richmond International Raceway in the Federated Auto Parts 400.
Michael McDowell has not made a start at Darlington Raceway since 2013 when the Southern 500 was run in May. He parked early and finished 42nd. In fact, McDowell has been running at the end of only one previous start on this track and that was in 2008 in the Dodge Challenger 500.
Sprint Cup regular Michael McDowell (No. 95 Chevrolet SS), driving the Richard Childress Racing No. 2 Chevrolet Camaro, won the Road America 180, his first victory in 94 NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) races.
"Hopefully we’ll get it a little bit better for him before Sunday," Sam Hornish Jr. told reporters in Friday’s practice session, referencing his shaking down the No. 95 car that will be driven by Michael McDowell this Sunday. Battling extremely free conditions, Hornish is unaccustomed to the new low down force package, but hopes to "keep heading in the right direction."
Sprint Cup regular Michael McDowell, driving the No. 2 Rheem Chevrolet Camaro, led the first practice session for the XFINITY Series Road America 180 at Road America in Elkhart Lake, WI.
Michael McDowell will make his first start with the RCR No. 2 Rheem Chevrolet Camaro team at Road America.
Two top-25s in five starts in the No. 95 at Bristol Motor Speedway make Michael McDowell an interesting choice this week. He finished 18th in August 2014 and 22nd the following spring.
Michael McDowell has climbed out of the No. 95 on a few occasions this year to make room for pre-rookie Ty Dillon, but he has been a solid value on other occasions. In 18 starts, he has scored one top-10, another top-15, and four total top-20s.
Michael McDowell was notably fast in qualification for the Cheez-it 355 at the Glen. He posted a speed of 125.370 mph that was good enough for 11th on the grid.
Michael McDowell’s career on road courses has been marked by some solid runs and some bad luck. When he stays out of trouble, he can finish in the top 25 like he did last August at Watkins Glen International. When he struggles, he finishes near the back of the pack like he did at Sonoma Raceway.
Michael McDowell will celebrate his 200th career Sprint Cup Series start when he takes the green flag at Watkins Glen International this Sunday.