Michigan: Michael McDowell race report

McDowell corrals top-ten finish at MIS After starting 22nd, ARCA rookie chalks up solid points day at Michigan BROOKLYN, MI (June 18, 2007) - If an 8th place finish is considered a bad day, then your team must be pretty good. Michael McDowell...

McDowell corrals top-ten finish at MIS
After starting 22nd, ARCA rookie chalks up solid points day at Michigan

BROOKLYN, MI (June 18, 2007) - If an 8th place finish is considered a bad day, then your team must be pretty good. Michael McDowell felt that way after the Michigan ARCA 200:

"We've been better," said McDowell. "We struggled in practice and in qualifying, so the win was out of our reach. It was still a good points day for us, which we need if we want to win this championship."

A tight condition doomed the No. 2 Z-Line Designs / Make-A-Wish / Beck Toyota in practice and qualifying. McDowell's lap of 40.191 was a tenth of a second slower than his best lap in practice and put him 22nd on the starting grid.

Once the green flag dropped on Friday afternoon, it was a typical Michael McDowell race. Despite an ill- handling car, he managed to slice his way through the field and, with the help of fuel-gambling pit strategy from crew chief Patrick Donahue, was running in top- five with less than 20 laps to go. The tight condition stayed with him in the closing laps, but he managed to surrender only a handful of spots before finishing 8th in his first race behind the wheel of a Toyota Camry.

With his sixth top-ten finish of the season (and fourth in a row), McDowell remains 5th in the ARCA RE/MAX Series point standings. McDowell is positive that the team's quest for the crown can continue:

"This next stretch of tracks is going to be good for us. We go back to Kentucky, Pocono, and Nashville, tracks that we've ran well at, and we're looking to put some (races) in the win column and keep chipping away at the point lead."

Up Next: After a two week hiatus, Michael McDowell and Eddie Sharp Racing will return to the track at Berlin Raceway in Michigan on Saturday, July 7.

-credit: www.mmcdowell.com

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Series ARCA
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