Illinois: Michael McDowell preview

McDowell takes point chase to the Springfield dirt Former Star Mazda champion makes first appearance on dirt oval MOORESVILLE, NC (August 15, 2007) - ARCA RE/MAX Series rookie Michael McDowell has driven a Champ Car, a Daytona Prototype,...

McDowell takes point chase to the Springfield dirt
Former Star Mazda champion makes first appearance on dirt oval

MOORESVILLE, NC (August 15, 2007) - ARCA RE/MAX Series rookie Michael McDowell has driven a Champ Car, a Daytona Prototype, a Porsche GT3 and an ARCA stock car. Never has McDowell piloted a car on dirt. This Sunday at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, that will change.

McDowell's No. 2 Z-Line Designs / Make-A-Wish / Beck Dodge will make its first dirt start of the 2007 season in a race with major point standing implications. After an engine failure cost him a top-five finish last week at Nashville, McDowell now trails point leader Frank Kimmel by 80 markers with eight races left on the 2007 circuit. With zero dirt track experience, the Arizona native is hoping for the best in his visit to Springfield:

"(Dirt racing) will be something new and exciting for sure," said McDowell. "It's important that we go out there, have a good time, and try not to over think things. Eddie (Sharp) and Jeff (McClure, crew chief of the ESR's No. 22 entry) have raced here so we have their experiences to build on.

"We'll see, I've practiced dirt racing with a computer simulator, but I know the real thing will be much more exciting. Eddie Sharp Racing has been strong at every track this year. I had never been to Salem or Toledo and we were very fast there, so I'm hopeful we can unload fast and put together a good run on Sunday."

The car McDowell will be driving is one that sat on the outside of the front row last year at Salem Speedway (IN) with driver Ryan Mathews. Speed won't be a problem but keeping in tow with point leader Frank Kimmel will be:

"We created a hole for ourselves after last week (at Nashville). Frank is great on the dirt tracks, so it's important that we stay near him or finish ahead of him. We're working on closing the gap and putting ourselves in a position to win this championship."

-credit: www.mmcdowell.com.

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Series ARCA
Drivers Frank Kimmel , Michael McDowell , Ryan Mathews