Kansas: Michael McDowell preview

McDowell and ESR look to carry momentum to Kansas Fresh off of career weekend, McDowell sets sights on conquering bigger track MOORESVILLE, NC (April 25, 2007) - What a difference a week makes: after running strong all season but not having the...

McDowell and ESR look to carry momentum to Kansas
Fresh off of career weekend, McDowell sets sights on conquering bigger track

MOORESVILLE, NC (April 25, 2007) - What a difference a week makes: after running strong all season but not having the finishes to show for it, Michael McDowell and the Eddie Sharp Racing (ESR) team scored a pole and a top-three finish at Salem Speedway. They hope to carry that momentum into the 1.5 mile beast known as the Kansas Speedway this weekend.

McDowell and the No. 2 Z-Line Designs / Make-A- Wish / Beck Dodge return to the track after a career- best weekend and look to continue their ascent up the ARCA point standings. The Kansas Lottery $150 Grand will be a chance for McDowell to show that the ESR team not only has short track prowess but can flex its muscles on the intermediate tracks as well.

The No. 2 Dodge was prepared for Kansas during a test at Kentucky Speedway, in which McDowell came away smiling:

"The car was extremely good in race trim, I think we have a car that will challenge for the win" said McDowell. "After the Kentucky test, it's clear that ESR is just as good on the mile-and-a-halves as they are on short tracks."

Kansas will be McDowell's second visit to a 1.5 mile track. His first was last September at Chicagoland Speedway in which he was caught up in a first lap accident.

"The only uncertainty is experience," McDowell continued. "Chicago didn't go to our liking but the seat time I've gotten in tests has been positive. It will take a little bit of time to get re-acclimated to this type of track, but I'm certain we can be competitive by race's end."

"Salem was a big boost both for morale and for our place in the point standings. If we can keep that momentum going, it's going to be a big weekend for us at Kansas."

Qualifying takes place at 12:45 pm on Friday, April 27. The race begins at 4 pm that same day.

-credit: www.mmcdowell.com.

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