McDowell dominates in win at Chicagoland Win is third of the season, first from the pole position JOLIET, IL (September 10, 2007) - After a blown tire and hard hit to the wall last weekend at the DuQuoin Fairgrounds left him sore, stung, and ...
McDowell dominates in win at Chicagoland
Win is third of the season, first from the pole position
JOLIET, IL (September 10, 2007) - After a blown tire and hard hit to the wall last weekend at the DuQuoin Fairgrounds left him sore, stung, and agitated, ARCA RE/MAX Series rookie Michael McDowell knew there was only one thing he could do to rebound: come back and win the next race. Consider his mission accomplished.
McDowell left no doubt. He thumped the field, leading 98 of the race's 134 laps to win the Chicagoland ARCA 200. The victory was his third of the 2007 season and first starting from the pole position.
The Phoenix native rocketed to his eighth ARCA SIM Factory Pole Award after qualifying on Friday with a lap of 30.54. McDowell's Saturday afternoon was no different as he dusted the 40-car field in arguably the most dominant performance of the 2007 ARCA season.
McDowell was visibly ecstatic:
"Finally! This is what we've been threatening to do the whole season. We unloaded, topped the charts in practice, won the pole, led the most laps, and closed with the win. Eddie Sharp Racing was on their A-game this weekend-this is something we knew we were capable of and we finally did it," said McDowell. "The car was amazing and to leave here knowing we had a complete weekend is the biggest momentum-builder we could have."
McDowell's day wasn't without challengers. After pouncing on an early lead, Jeremy Clements led 27 laps before McDowell inherited the lead on lap 101 after Clements made an out-of-sequence pit stop. McDowell, sticking to the team's original pit strategy, sailed away to his third career stock car victory in his No. 2 Z-Line Designs / Make-A-Wish / Beck Dodge.
"We nailed our pit strategy," added McDowell. "That was crucial because there were some guys out there that got knocked off of their strategy and that took them out of the running. This is a track where track position is key-especially on short runs. Fortunately, there wasn't a whole lot for us to re-think during the race. We were perfect this weekend.
"I'm so grateful for everything we've accomplished this year. Z-Line Designs, Mission Residential, Make-A- Wish, Wiley-X, Beck, and especially Eddie Sharp Racing have been outstanding partners this year. To take them to victory lane is the best thank you I can think of, so we got that done for them today."
McDowell's perfect performance puts him within 150 points of Frank Kimmel for the ARCA RE/MAX Series point lead with three races remaining on the schedule.
Up Next: Michael McDowell and Eddie Sharp Racing look to build off their showing at Chicagoland with a return to Salem Speedway (IN) on Saturday, September 15. In the Spring race at Salem, McDowell claimed the pole and finished in third place.