ARCA's newest star looks to top last year's Iowa performance MOORESVILLE, NC (May 31, 2007) - Michael McDowell is well aware of highs and lows. It's only eight races deep into the 2007 season but the well- spoken rookie has weathered a ...
ARCA's newest star looks to top last year's Iowa performance
MOORESVILLE, NC (May 31, 2007) - Michael McDowell is well aware of highs and lows. It's only eight races deep into the 2007 season but the well- spoken rookie has weathered a thunderstorm full of bad luck and learning experiences in his first full year in the ARCA RE/MAX Series as a driver for Eddie Sharp Racing. Prior to racing his No. 2 Z-Line Designs / Make-A-Wish / Beck Dodge in this Saturday's Prairie Meadows 250 at Iowa Speedway, McDowell offered some reflections on his 2007 campaign thus far:
What are your initial thoughts on the 2007 season up to this point? You're 6th in the point standings. Do you still consider yourself in the title hunt?
"The season has been bittersweet for us. Yeah, we've been running well. As a matter of fact, I think we've have the most dominant cars. We have the speed, we're winning poles like crazy, and we've led more laps than anyone. The win is what has eluded us, but it hasn't been because of self destruction. It's been stupid luck-something that exists in racing and unfortunately, the thing that has single-handedly destroyed some amazing runs."
"We're just now coming up on June, so being in 6th, we're only in a little bit of a hole but we're still in the title hunt. When we're on our game, no one can touch us. Everyone on our team and in the ESR shop is committed to winning this championship. That's exactly what we're going to do."
The "Toledo Incident" with teammate Ken Butler III received a lot of play on Speed Channel and has been the talk of the ARCA garage ever since it occurred. You've had two weeks to digest the situation, how do you feel about it now?
"I'm over it. He called and we talked about it a little bit, but as of now, it's in the past. Obviously, no one would wish for that to happen; however it did, and now it doesn't matter. At this point, Iowa matters and the rest of the season matters. There is so much that we can do that we haven't accomplished. We can win races and we can win this championship, so we're focusing on the present and the future."
What are those goals you wish to accomplish by season's end?
"I don't just want to win a race, I want five (races). I want to win five races and take home this championship. This team is plenty good and we have been fast everywhere we've been, so I want to leave no doubt. Five races, one championship. Domination. That's how good I believe we are and those (goals), I feel, are realistic opportunities that lay in front of us."
This weekend is the pristine Iowa Speedway. Last year, you finished 4th. Can you top yourself this year?
"I really think we're in good shape for Iowa. We participated in the Hoosier tire test, we have our notes from last year, and we've been solid at every track we've visited. This is the type of track that a race car driver can have fun with. The folks with the speedway and Rusty Wallace did an outstanding job in the design process and the finished product is simply remarkable. Can we win? Absolutely. It would be a sweet win at a great race track."