Toledo II: Michael McDowell preview

McDowell seeks win in last go-round at Toledo Rookie wants to make final start for ESR a "special one" MOORESVILLE, NC (October 11, 2007) - Last May at Toledo Speedway, Michael McDowell had what he referred to as his best race to date. Before he...

McDowell seeks win in last go-round at Toledo
Rookie wants to make final start for ESR a "special one"

MOORESVILLE, NC (October 11, 2007) - Last May at Toledo Speedway, Michael McDowell had what he referred to as his best race to date. Before he scored his three wins and became an integral part in the closest ARCA point battle in the last decade, there was his much-talked about showing at Toledo.

Blazing through the field with 30 laps to go, McDowell proceeded to pass Ken Schrader (with a pass-in-the- grass) and Frank Kimmel, before whizzing by teammate Ken Butler III for the lead. With three laps to go, Butler and McDowell tangled, spinning McDowell out of the lead and into a seventh place finish. Butler went on to win while McDowell watched in disbelief.

This weekend is "Round Two."

McDowell will pilot his No. 2 Lotame / Make-A-Wish Dodge for the final time in the Hantz Group 200 by Belle Tire. The sure-fire bet for ARCA's Rookie of the Year Award has made it abundantly clear that he wants to go out with a bang.

"We've got a car that's capable of getting the track record in qualifying and leading all 200 laps," said McDowell. "This is my last race for Eddie Sharp Racing and I want to make it a special one. We should have won the last time we were here but we got taken out, so that didn't happen. This weekend, we're getting that trophy."

The half-mile track served as arguably McDowell's best individual driving performance of 2007. Despite not getting the win last May, McDowell says Toledo was the ignition to an incredible stretch run that included three wins and six more ARCA SIM Factory Pole Awards.

"The Spring race really was the kick-start we needed for that good stretch of runs," he continued. "I left it all out there-we didn't come away with a win but at that moment I knew this team had something special. It was clear that we could be a force for the remainder of the season."

Unless Frank Kimmel decides to be an absentee racer for the season finale, McDowell is mathematically eliminated from winning the championship. Still, McDowell looks to put on a spectacular show in his swan song race with Eddie Sharp Racing.

"This is it for us. It has been a blast to work with Eddie and Patrick (Donahue, crew chief). Being here has made me a better race car driver and it has given me an opportunity to try so many different tracks over the course of the year. I look forward to the next step in my career but this weekend, we're going to grab one last checkered flag."

-credit: mmcdowell.com

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Series ARCA
Drivers Ken Schrader , Frank Kimmel , Michael McDowell , Ken Butler III