McDowell gearing up for final start of 2007; 22 year-old will attempt to continue progression at Homestead-Miami Speedway
CORNELIUS, NC (November 15, 2007) - Michael McDowell's dream season will conclude with this Saturday's NASCAR Busch Series season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In a year that saw McDowell raise the bar for fellow ARCA RE/MAX Series competitors and a deal struck with Toyota- backed NASCAR team Michael Waltrip Racing, McDowell looks to make one final indentation on the 2007 season.
His last two Busch Series races at Texas and Phoenix saw respective finishes of 20th and 14th. Certainly not bad for his first career starts, but the 22 year-old, soon- to-be NASCAR rookie wants more out of his fledgling program.
"I always like striving for more," admits McDowell. "This team has given me a lot to work with in these Busch starts and I want to leave a final mark before we make a go at NASCAR full-time next year. Realistically, we should be running in the top-ten this weekend."
McDowell's eagerness will come with some obstacle-the star-studded season finale is expected to be filled to the brim with NASCAR Nextel Cup competitors in top-tier equipment. The Glendale, Arizona-born driver isn't concerned and is looking forward to the challenge.
"Oh, this will be a show come Saturday night," McDowell continued. "Homestead is a going to be another mile-and-a-half monster like Texas, so we know a little about what to expect. Hopefully, we can go out, run well, and get a decent finish for MWR."
McDowell's No. 00 NAPA Auto Parts / Aaron's / Best Western Toyota will take to the track on Friday for three practice sessions. Saturday will see McDowell qualify and race his machine for the final time in 2007.