Lakeland: Michael McDowell preview

SECOND SHORT TRACK START FOR McDOWELL LAKELAND, FL (Mar. 23, 2007) -- It is hard to use the term 'rookie' when describing Eddie Sharp Racing Development Team driver Michael McDowell. Heading into this weekends Construct Corps- PBG 250 at the ...

SECOND SHORT TRACK START FOR McDOWELL

LAKELAND, FL (Mar. 23, 2007) -- It is hard to use the term 'rookie' when describing Eddie Sharp Racing Development Team driver Michael McDowell. Heading into this weekends Construct Corps- PBG 250 at the USA International Speedway, McDowell has four Top-10 finishes in just six ARCA RE/MAX Series starts, including a sixth at Salem Speedway, the only short track in his racing resume.

"Short track racing is definitely a different style of racing than I'm used to," said McDowell. "Although there is a huge advantage the drivers who have been racing on short tracks all their lives, I love the bumper to bumper competition and I'm excited to get the Z-Line Designs, Make a Wish Dodge in the mix".

Get into the mix is exactly what McDowell has done since his entrance into the series late in 2006. With just six starts in a stock car, McDowell has scored a Top-10 at every type of track on the ARCA RE/MAX Schedule. That includes his first and only career start on a track under a mile in length as well as two Top-10's on superspeedways and a career best fourth place finish on an intermediate track.

"It is vital that we keep the momentum we have going for us right now," said McDowell. "We spent two days in Lakeland preparing, just putting laps in and sliding the car around. I'm trying to acquire as much knowledge as possible at this point. Everywhere I go this year, it will be a new experience".

One thing McDowell does has a lot of experience with is bias-ply tires, the type of tire that Hoosier supplies the ARCA RE/MAX series teams competing at the USA International Speedway. McDowell scored seven victories in 10 starts on a bias-ply tire in the 2004 Star Mazda Series. His previous experience and success is something McDowell hopes to translate into the ARCA RE/MAX Series.

"You can really put the bias-ply tires on the edge," said McDowell. "Hoosier brings a great tire to Lakeland and it is a lot of fun to drive on. I'm pumped to watch the green flag drop".

-credit: esr

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