Iowa: Michael McDowell race report

McDowell three feet short of win in exciting finish McDowell, ESR overcome practice struggles to finish runner-up at Iowa NEWTON, IA (June 4, 2007) - One has to figure that Eddie Sharp Racing and driver Michael McDowell are used to adversity by...

McDowell three feet short of win in exciting finish
McDowell, ESR overcome practice struggles to finish runner-up at Iowa

NEWTON, IA (June 4, 2007) - One has to figure that Eddie Sharp Racing and driver Michael McDowell are used to adversity by now. So what if the team struggled a bit at Iowa Speedway? Adversity and their subsequent comeback were almost premeditated.

McDowell and his No. 2 Z-Line Designs / Mission Residential / Beck Dodge suffered from a tight condition in practice leading up to the Prairie Meadows 250, the ninth race of the ARCA RE/MAX Series season. While the team was low on the practice chart, their plans for a comeback were calculated. The team corrected the problem prior to qualifying where McDowell wheeled a lap of 23.999 around the .875-mile oval, good enough for 7th on the starting grid.

At the drop of the green flag, McDowell was a contender. By lap 84, the No. 2 Dodge was atop the scoring pylon as the leader, the first of 74 laps led by the former STAR Mazda Series champion.

Green flag pit stops later in the race trapped McDowell one lap down; however, he managed to get that lap back with 60 to go in the race and put him in position to contend for the win. McDowell thundered through the field from the tail-end of the lead lap and, like his performance at Toledo Speedway two weeks ago, sliced and diced through the competition with ease. He was running 2nd with the checkered flag in his site and pulled side-by-side with Frank Kimmel, only to fall short of the win by three feet. The runner-up finish was McDowell's best showing of the year.

While having to settle for 2nd, McDowell was pleased about the team's overall showing on the day:

"This is awesome for ESR and the whole Z-Line Designs / Mission Residential / Beck team, said McDowell. "We struggled in practice but we kept our heads up, found the problem, and were able to contend for the win. I can't thank my crew guys enough. They worked their tails off today. We came up about three feet short of our first win but I feel great about what we accomplished here in Iowa."

Up Next: Michael McDowell and the Eddie Sharp Racing team travel to mighty Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania for the Pocono 200. Tune into SPEED for the event on Saturday, June 9 and enjoy a special pre-race feature on McDowell.

-credit: www.mmcdowell.com

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Series ARCA
Drivers Frank Kimmel , Michael McDowell