Talladega: Michael McDowell preview

McDowell brings title hunt, new sponsor to Talladega Fifth place finish in 2006 has Arizona native confident for the weekend MOORESVILLE, NC (October 2, 2007) - The lore of Talladega returns. ARCA's connection to Talladega Superspeedway in ...

McDowell brings title hunt, new sponsor to Talladega
Fifth place finish in 2006 has Arizona native confident for the weekend

MOORESVILLE, NC (October 2, 2007) - The lore of Talladega returns.

ARCA's connection to Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama dates back to the late '60's, building a collection of winners that has forever been cemented into the series' storied history. The ARCA RE/MAX Series, once known as the ARCA Talladega Super Car Series, has seen drivers such as Mark Martin, Red Farmer, and Mike Wallace pilot to victory lane. The late Davey Allison and Grant Adcox grabbed four and five wins respectively before entering NASCAR waters.

The controlled chaos on the 2.66 mile high-banked tri- oval has been a rite of passage for aspiring young drivers. Michael McDowell will be no exception.

McDowell will bring his No. 2 Lotame / Make-A-Wish Dodge to the second-to-last race on the 2007 ARCA circuit in hopes of upping the ante on last year's fifth place performance; however, this year's ARCA RE/MAX 250 will be different. McDowell has more than a single race on his mind:

"Crunch time is now," said McDowell, who currently sits second in the ARCA point standings. "There is a lot that can happen and a lot that will happen at Talladega. We're still in this points fight and this place has been known to shake up championship battles. I'm hoping that everything falls our way this weekend because whether we're on our 'A-game' or not, we'll need a shot of good luck."

He's not kidding. Known for multi-car melees and high numbers for lead changes, Talladega could be the x-factor in McDowell's pursuit of point leader Frank Kimmel. Kimmel currently holds a 140 point lead on the ARCA Rookie of the Year candidate.

Whether he comes away with the title or not, 2007 has been a head-turning year for McDowell. A former winner in the Rolex Sports Car Series, McDowell has acclimated to stock car racing to the tune of three wins and leads the series in top-five finishes (ten), poles (eight), and laps led (656). Still, McDowell is hesitant to throw up a white flag on his championship aspirations:

"It's going to be tough to pull off the championship with Frank (Kimmel) being as consistent as he is, but why not us?," McDowell continued. "Eddie Sharp Racing is more than deserving of a championship trophy and these next two races could propel us to the top. We're going to come out, do our thing, and let the pieces fall into place."

-credit: www.mmcdowell.com.

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Series ARCA
Drivers Mike Wallace , Frank Kimmel , Michael McDowell , Red Farmer , Mark Martin , Davey Allison