Nashville: Michael McDowell race report

McDOWELL CUTS TIRE WITH 18 TO GO AT NASHVILLE LEBANON, TN (Apr. 7, 2007) -- Michael McDowell drove his Z-Line Designs, Make a Wish Eddie Sharp Racing Beck Dodge from a fifth place starting position to third before cutting down a right front tire...

McDOWELL CUTS TIRE WITH 18 TO GO AT NASHVILLE

LEBANON, TN (Apr. 7, 2007) -- Michael McDowell drove his Z-Line Designs, Make a Wish Eddie Sharp Racing Beck Dodge from a fifth place starting position to third before cutting down a right front tire on lap 95 of the ARCA Nashville 150 at the Nashville Superspeedway in Lebanon, TN.

"We had a really good car, just waiting on another caution to make some more adjustments," said McDowell. "It just so happened that the caution we were waiting on ended up being us".

McDowell, who was making the eighth ARCA RE/MAX Series start of his career qualified the car fifth on the grid and maintained that position through much of the first half. On lap 54, crew chief Patrick Donahue and the Eddie Sharp Racing Development team serviced the #2 Beck Dodge with four fresh tires, fuel and a track bar adjustment.

After restarting fifth, McDowell made a daring move on lap 75 by using lap traffic to trap the third and fourth place cars. With a quick flick of the wrist, the three-wide excitement ended with McDowell comfortably in third place.

"That was a pretty intense move right there," said McDowell. "I caught those guys behind the lapped traffic and simply couldn't wait on them; the leaders were starting to get away."

While keeping pace with the leaders, McDowell cut a right front tire in the middle of turns one and two on lap 95. The Z-Line Designs, Make a Wish, Beck Dodge slammed hard into the outside retaining wall ending the #2 ESR Development Team's day just 18 laps from the finish.

McDowell finished in the 33rd position.

"What do I have to do to catch a break around here," said McDowell. "The Z-Line Designs, Make a Wish Beck Dodge is fast everywhere we go. ESR is doing a great job bringing fast racecars to the track, all we need is a little racing luck."

The next race for McDowell and the #2 Z-Line Designs ESR Beck Dodge is the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA 200 presented by Federated Auto Parts at Salem Speedway in Salem, IN on April 22.

McDowell is now tied for tenth in ARCA RE/MAX Series Championship points, just 5 points out of ninth and 200 points from the lead.

-credit: www.mmcdowell.com

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