Michael McDowell was the last driver to hit the track Friday afternoon. He posted a lap of 156.993 mph, which put him 32nd on the speed chart.
In 16 starts on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks in the No. 95, Michael McDowell has been running at the end of all but one race. He blew an engine in the 2014 Las Vegas Motor Speedway event. He has been on track ever since.
Michael McDowell has been running at the end of all five races he entered this season. His best finish was a 15th in the Daytona 500, a race for which he was forced to qualify trough the Can-Am 150 Duel.
Michael McDowell has made six previous starts at Auto Club Speedway. He has fallen back from his qualification effort in his last five including 42nd from 35th last year.
A 39-car entry list—one fewer than the maximum of 40 cars—has encouraged the No. 95 Leavine Family Racing team to compete at Phoenix International Raceway for the first time since 2014.
Michael McDowell will climb back behind the wheel of the No. 95 this week after giving up the primary ride to Michael Waltrip for the Daytona 500. This will be his eighth attempt at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Michael McDowell was the highest-finishing Open driver in the first Can Am 150 Duel at Daytona.
Leavine Family Racing joins with Circle Sport Racing to run the full 36-race schedule in the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS).
Winning fantasy leagues are just as often about managing the bottom of the roster as well as the top. In 16 starts in 2015, Michael McDowell and the Leavine Family Racing team scored 14 top-35 finishes.
Michael McDowell (#95 Thrivent Financial Ford Fusion) finished 33rd in the November 22nd NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season-ending Ford EcoBoost 400 at Florida's Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Michael McDowell finished 41st at Homestead in 2012 and he was even worse the following year with a 43rd in 2013. Last year he finally found a good setup, however, and scored a very impressive 21st in the Ford 400.
Michael McDowell has been a good value a few times this year, but his effort on restrictor-plate, superspeedways has been uneven. He finished 31st in the Daytona 500 and failed to qualify at Talladega this May.
Ryan Blaney, Michael McDowell, and Travis Kvapil did not get a chance to qualify when rain canceled Friday’s time trials.
Michael McDowell will attempt to qualify at Richmond International Raceway for the first time since September 2013. He did not get a chance to qualify for last spring’s race because of weather.