Nashville II: Michael McDowell preview

McDowell looks to make it three in the Music City ESR driver on the prowl for victory, series point lead MOORESVILLE, NC (August 7, 2007) - Pat Riley invented the term "Three-Peat," while he was a coach for the champion Los Angeles Lakers in...

McDowell looks to make it three in the Music City
ESR driver on the prowl for victory, series point lead

MOORESVILLE, NC (August 7, 2007) - Pat Riley invented the term "Three-Peat," while he was a coach for the champion Los Angeles Lakers in the late '80's. This Saturday, ARCA rookie Michael McDowell looks to put the term that Riley coined to use with a third- straight win in the ARCA RE/MAX Series.

Naturally, McDowell's No. 2 Z-Line Designs / Make-A- Wish / Beck Dodge must fend off a barrage of NASCAR development drivers, hungry ARCA regulars, and one eight-time series champion at this Saturday's race at the Nashville Superspeedway. The Arizona native is ready:

"I'm pumped," commented McDowell. "Everyone at Eddie Sharp Racing has been working their tails off. We tested Nashville last month and we love the car we're bringing. We realize that after winning two-in-a- row, the bulls-eye is on our backs, so we need to make sure that we're on our game this weekend."

McDowell's second consecutive ARCA victory last weekend put him within 20 points of Frank Kimmel, the current standings leader. No one has been this close to the eight-time ARCA champ in over a half- decade. McDowell knows out-dueling Kimmel will be an unenviable task:

"I don't expect catching Frank (Kimmel) will be easy. It hasn't been so far. Last week, we were in the right situation to pounce on an opportunity for the win and we gained a lot of ground on first (in points). The championship is the goal but we need to stay composed and not try to beat ourselves, trying to beat him.

"There's a reason he's won the championship eight times. He's an incredible competitor. Fortunately, Patrick (Donahue, crew chief) and the guys have allowed me to be fast at every track we've visited. If that continues, we'll create our own destiny."

-credit: mmcdowell.com.

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Series ARCA
Drivers Frank Kimmel , Michael McDowell