Berlin: Michael McDowell preview

After two week hiatus, McDowell ready for Berlin ESR looks to continue short track dominance at Michigan oval MOORESVILLE, NC (July 5, 2007) - Three poles. 200 laps led. A win? Overdue. Michael McDowell has a reason to be grinning like the ...

After two week hiatus, McDowell ready for Berlin
ESR looks to continue short track dominance at Michigan oval

MOORESVILLE, NC (July 5, 2007) - Three poles. 200 laps led. A win? Overdue.

Michael McDowell has a reason to be grinning like the Cheshire cat. The same car that has been an absolute tour de force at ARCA short tracks in 2007, returns Saturday at Berlin Raceway (MI) for the Request Foods-GFS 200. Forgive McDowell if he seems giddy:

"We've had a blast at the short tracks this year," said McDowell. "I've never seen Berlin, never raced there, but this car has been that good. The whole Eddie Sharp Racing team has been incredible at these tracks, so yeah, there's a lot of confidence flowing."

McDowell arrives in Berlin tied for the Rookie of the Year point lead and sits 5th in the series standings. His No. 2 Z-Line Designs / Make-A-Wish / Beck Dodge is hunting its seventh top-ten finish of the season. The Arizona native also hopes to add to his series-leading 271 laps led total:

"We'll find the lead. I think this car may have a built-in navigation system that goes straight to the front of the field. We just need to keep our composure on pit road and hope for a clean race so we can finally put ourselves in the winner's circle."

McDowell is 230 points away from catching Frank Kimmel, the current ARCA point leader. Anyone following the ARCA RE/MAX Series in 2007 knows that momentum and luck can be the catalyst that McDowell needs to continue his fight to the top:

"I feel like we have some momentum and the luck has certainly turned toward the good side," added McDowell. "We've created a lot, if not all, of our own momentum. We're doing the things that we need to do. Wins are going to come and that will lead to us climbing up the standings."

-credit: mmcdowell.com.

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Series ARCA
Drivers Frank Kimmel , Michael McDowell