Toledo: Michael McDowell race report

Oh, so close! McDowell five laps short of win After earning 4th pole of 2007, McDowell's dominance doesn't equal to win TOLEDO, OH (May 22, 2007) - It was almost as if everything aligned perfectly at Toledo Speedway for Michael McDowell. After...

Oh, so close! McDowell five laps short of win
After earning 4th pole of 2007, McDowell's dominance doesn't equal to win

TOLEDO, OH (May 22, 2007) - It was almost as if everything aligned perfectly at Toledo Speedway for Michael McDowell. After putting his No. 2 Z-Line Designs / Make-A-Wish / Beck Dodge on the pole for a fourth time in 2007, McDowell put on a race filled with drama, suspense, and a highlight-reel's worth of offensive driving.

The weekend kicked off with a bang as McDowell cut a lap of 16.544 to win his third consecutive ARCA SIM Factory Pole Award. Immediately, the Arizona native looked to be the driver to beat in the Hantz Group 200 by Federated Car Care.

As soon as the green flag fell Sunday afternoon, it was clear that McDowell was racing on another plane as the rest of the 35-car field. After a cycle of pit stops, veteran racers Ken Schrader and Frank Kimmel drove out to large leads in the heart of ARCA country; however, McDowell was on the prowl for a victory.

With less than 30 laps to go, McDowell, running fifth, passed Schrader, a NASCAR Nextel Cup Series regular with a "pass-in-the-grass" coming off of Turn 3 to capture fourth-place in the running order. Worn tires on the cars or Kimmel and Justin South made them easy pickings for McDowell who then zeroed in on teammate Ken Butler III for the lead.

McDowell blew by Butler with five laps to go when an accident in Turn 3 brought out a caution flag. As that wreck occurred, Butler and McDowell collided, resulting in McDowell spinning but saving his Dodge from imminent harm. He would regroup for the final two laps and bring home a 7th place finish.

"I just can't believe it," said McDowell "We had this race-we had the car. It is a shame that our own teammate spun us for the win. Personally, that's the best I've driven a race car and our team, Patrick (Donahue) and his guys poured their hearts and souls into this effort. Seventh-place is great, but that win is what we deserved."

"It seemed like everything fell into place for us. From the moment we unloaded, we knew we had an opportunity to do something really exciting. I hate it for the 2 crew that we couldn't be the ones in victory lane but the Z-Line Designs / Make-A-Wish / Beck Dodge will live to fight another day."

Up Next: Michael McDowell and Eddie Sharp Racing will take on the jet-fast Iowa Speedway on Saturday, June 2.

-credit: www.mmcdowell.com

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