Michael McDowell Talladega preview

Michael McDowell Pumped Up for Superspeedway Debut Eddie Sharp Racing Team Focused on Getting Rookie Experience at High-Speed Track DENVER, NC (September 28, 2006) -- Michael McDowell may be a name that is new to ARCA RE/MAX Series fans,...

Michael McDowell Pumped Up for Superspeedway Debut

Eddie Sharp Racing Team Focused on Getting Rookie Experience at High-Speed Track

DENVER, NC (September 28, 2006) -- Michael McDowell may be a name that is new to ARCA RE/MAX Series fans, but just because the young driver has made three starts in the series to date does not mean that he is a stranger to speed. McDowell has been tearing up tracks throughout the world for several years in other racing ventures. But now that he has established himself as one of the premier young stars to hit ARCA in recent memory, McDowell will head into the October 6th Food World 250 at Talladega Superspeedway with confidence that his first-ever superspeedway start will be one that he will never forget with the Eddie Sharp Racing team.

Already with strong showings in his first ARCA starts at Milwaukee, Chicago and Salem, McDowell is not fazed by the size and speed of the 2.66-mile high-banked Talladega tri-oval. Instead, he is pumped up for his restrictor-plate track debut in the #2 Z-Line Designs/Southern New Hampshire University Dodge. After a recent successful test at Talladega, McDowell is even more amped for the October 6th event.

"I'm excited for that race; big time," said McDowell. "It's one of those tracks that I had always hoped to one day run on, so it was a pretty cool deal to be able to test there. The new pavement was great to run on. Of course, I never had the chance to run on the old pavement. Our main goal was just to get as comfortable in the car as possible and try to figure out the fastest way around there, working with multiple lines.

"The only downside to the test was that we weren't allowed to run in any kind of group or draft. We weren't able to find out how our car was going to handle in the draft or be able to feel how the racing was in the draft, but at least we have an idea of where we are. When we get to the track, we should have a good head start."

McDowell goes into Talladega with plenty of momentum, fresh off his strong showing in the test session and in his most recent start at Salem Speedway on September 16th. McDowell proved that he can get the job done on all types of tracks, as he secured an impressive sixth-place finish at Salem after having strong showings before running into bad luck at Milwaukee and Chicago.

This time out, McDowell will have the chance to run the gamut of asphalt ARCA racetracks in his first four starts. After starting at the intermediate 1-mile track of Milwaukee, McDowell went to the fast 1.5-mile Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, IL. Then at the Salem half-mile, McDowell scored his best finish to date in ARCA. He will be out to add another notch in his belt on October 6th with an impressive superspeedway debut at Talladega.

"Talladega should be a really good weekend for our race team," said team owner Eddie Sharp. "Michael had such a strong finish at Salem, and I think that the momentum the team has will carry on into next weekend's event at Talladega."

The Food World 250 takes the green flag at 4:30pm CT on October 6th. The race will be broadcast on a same-day taped basis on SPEED at 8pm ET.

-credit: www.eddiesharpracing.net.

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