Talladega: Michael McDowell preview

McDowell's First Superspeedway Cup Race in Aaron's Dream Machine is Around the Corner TALLADEGA, Ala. (April 22, 2008) -- Another big weekend is around the corner for Michael McDowell as his No. 00 Toyota Camry sponsor holds the title...

McDowell's First Superspeedway Cup Race in Aaron's Dream Machine is Around the Corner

TALLADEGA, Ala. (April 22, 2008) -- Another big weekend is around the corner for Michael McDowell as his No. 00 Toyota Camry sponsor holds the title sponsorship for both the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) events at Talladega Superspeedway.

"Aaron's took a chance on a rookie and I'm grateful for that and I really want to give them the finish they deserve in their race on Sunday," McDowell said. "They were only going to sponsor the No. 00 Toyota Camry for David's (Reutimann) first five races, but they are sponsoring us through Richmond (International Raceway). We really want to perform for them this weekend."

For nearly a decade, Aaron's has supported Michael Waltrip Racing. Michael Waltrip has delivered three NNS victories in as many races for their brand and Reutimann delivered their fourth win in the division last season en route to a second place finish in the championship standings. On the NSCS side, McDowell focuses on bringing home their best finish in one of their biggest sporting events - the Aaron's 499.

"Michael Waltrip Racing's strong suit is superspeedways and I feel like we will be good this weekend," McDowell said. "I know Talladega is a tough place to figure out especially on the Cup level. All the drivers know each other and since I'm the new guy, I'm kind of an outsider looking in. I'm really hoping to make some friends out there this weekend."

This may be McDowell's first superspeedway appearance in a NSCS entry, but he has experience at the 2.66-mile tri-oval.

"I've ran there twice in the ARCA RE/MAX Series," McDowell said. "My first time there, I finished fifth, but I wasn't so lucky the next time. We were only a few points out of the points lead and we were hit from behind and cut a tire. It really hurt us in the points and we ended up finishing second in the standings in the end. I'm really looking forward to my first superspeedway race in the Aaron's Dream Machine. We had a little time off this past weekend, but I'm ready to get back to racing."

McDowell took advantage of the off time to relax before he races 500 miles at Talladega Superspeedway.

"I'm a pretty intense person and on our off weekend I went fishing," McDowell said. "I'm discovering that it is really relaxing. I just started doing it and it's something I will probably continue to do. I enjoy it."

-credit: mwr

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Michael Waltrip , Michael McDowell
Teams Michael Waltrip Racing