Rookie Michael McDowell Dominates at Kentucky SPARTA KY (7-13-07) -- ARCA RE/MAX Series regular Michael McDowell, in an Eddie Sharp Racing Dodge, drove away from Cale Gale's Kevin Harvick-owned Chevrolet to handily win the...
Rookie Michael McDowell Dominates at Kentucky
SPARTA KY (7-13-07) -- ARCA RE/MAX Series regular Michael McDowell, in an Eddie Sharp Racing Dodge, drove away from Cale Gale's Kevin Harvick-owned Chevrolet to handily win the WLWT Channel 5-150 Friday night at Kentucky Speedway.
McDowell, despite nine driver development teams in the line-up and healthy combination of series regulars, dominated the race, leading 68 of 100 laps in the Z Line-Make A Wish-Beck Dodge en route to his career-first victory in his 18th series start. McDowell also became the 11th different winner in the last 13 events.
"It's just an awesome feeling for the whole Z Line Design Make A Wish Beck Dodge crew," said McDowell. "And for us to get our first win here at Kentucky Speedway with the caliber of the teams we have running here with us is just a testament to the entire Eddie Sharp Racing Team. We're coming after Frank (Kimmel) for this championship and this win is going to give us the momentum to do that. We struggled a little bit the last couple of races and we all put our heads together to figure out how we were going to get a win and we did it."
McDowell chased down Gale inside of 20 laps remaining and made the winning pass in turn one to lead the final 14 circuits.
Gale, who led 24 laps, finished second 4.573 seconds away.
"The ARCA RE/MAX Series is known as a place to develop new talent and that proved to be the case tonight," said Gale. "The development teams keep getting stronger and I think pretty much every Cup team was represented in this race today except for maybe Gibbs. We had a long green flag run in the middle there and that helped us. We were just too tight at the end of the race."
Bobby Santos, III, in the Bill Davis Trucking Toyota, finished third tying his career-best finish.
"We have a couple of third place finishes here so I wish we would have been able to get a win," said Santos. "I want to thank the guys on the crew and everyone with Bill Davis Racing and Toyota."
Alex Yontz, in the Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet, finished fourth.
Erin Crocker finished fifth in the Evernham Motorsports Dodge. Crocker, who led the first eight laps, made news after earning the SIM Factory Pole Award earlier in the day with a new one-lap track record of 178.731 mph, the fifth of her career. In doing so, the Wilbraham, Massachusetts driver surpassed Patty Moise as the all-time female pole winner in ARCA RE/MAX Series competition.
Blake Feese, in the ScottishRite.org-FPC Dodge, raced his way from 23rd to sixth, earning the Hoosier Tire Hard Charger honors for advancing the most positions. Jeremy Clements finished seventh in the 1 Stop Convenience Stores Chevrolet, followed by Bryan Silas, who finished eighth in the Nortrax-Holland Pump Ford. Brett Hudson finished ninth in the Habitat for Humanity-Hudson Machine Dodge with Frank Kimmel trailing in 10th in the Pork Ford.
Justin Marks, involved in a first lap incident, was transported to a local area hospital for evaluation. The Rocklin, California driver was examined and released.
The next event on the 2007 ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule is the Pennsylvania 200 at Pocono Raceway on Saturday, August 4, 2007. The race will be LIVE on SPEED at 1 p.m. Eastern. Tickets are available by calling (800) RACEWAY.
Top-10 ARCA RE/MAX Series Points After The WLWT Channel 5-150 at Kentucky Speedway: (7-13-07)
1) Frank Kimmel 2945; 2) Michael McDowell 2825; 3) Bobby Gerhart 2755; 4) Dexter Bean 2700; 5) Justin Allgaier 2600; 6) Phillip McGilton 2530; 7) Justin South 2470; 8) Patrick Sheltra 2310; 9) Jason Hedlesky 2240; 10) Justin Marks 2215; 10) Bryan Silas 2215.