Kansas: Michael McDowell race report

McDowell's quest for a top-ten falls one spot short at Kansas ESR team overcomes early adversity, comes from last to 11th KANSAS CITY, KS (April 30, 2007) - To say it was an uneventful weekend for Michael McDowell and the Eddie Sharp Racing ...

McDowell's quest for a top-ten falls one spot short at Kansas
ESR team overcomes early adversity, comes from last to 11th

KANSAS CITY, KS (April 30, 2007) - To say it was an uneventful weekend for Michael McDowell and the Eddie Sharp Racing (ESR) team would be more than an understatement. Considering that he spun in qualifying, took a provisional starting position, dodged heavy rain, started the race dead-last, and nearly pulled off the top-ten finish, then yes, the Kansas race weekend was plenty eventful.

After McDowell spun his No. 2 Z-Line Designs / Make- A-Wish / Beck Dodge in qualifying, the team took a 33rd place provisional starting spot.

The rain-delayed race's first 18 laps were run under caution as ARCA officials used the 41-car field as makeshift track dryers. While McDowell officially started 33rd, crew chief Patrick Donahue elected to put two tires on the No. 2 Dodge, forcing McDowell to start 41st at the drop of the green flag.

McDowell's machine was loose-handling and in dire need of a caution-filled race to tinker with the set-up. Unfortunately, only two more caution flags waved on the day.

"We missed on the set-up a little bit; it was clear that we weren't going to set the world on fire during the race," McDowell said. "We started so far back and really needed the cautions to fly in order to work our way up and that just didn't happen."

During a green flag pit cycle, McDowell worked all the way up to 2nd but pitted on lap 70 for fuel. Two laps later the caution flag did come out, much to the discontent of the ESR team.

"We got the caution flag we needed, only two laps too late. (Erik Darnell) was the race leader and he was behind us, so that trapped us a lap down."

From that point forward, McDowell looked to pass lapped cars. After getting by Frank Kimmel with six laps to go, McDowell settled in for an 11th place finish in his first complete race at a 1.5 mile track.

The 11th place finish puts McDowell in 5th in the ARCA point standings through five races.

Up Next: McDowell and Eddie Sharp Racing travel to Winchester Speedway in Indiana on Sunday, May 6 for the Winchester ARCA 200.

-credit: www.mmcdowell.com

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Series ARCA
Drivers Frank Kimmel , Michael McDowell