Kentucky: Michael McDowell race report

Cut tire ends promising run for McDowell and ESR Arizona native grabs third ARCA Pole Award of 2007 SPARTA, KY (May 14, 2007) - Same song, different verse: after a Winchester weekend which saw ARCA RE/MAX Series rookie Michael McDowell break a...

Cut tire ends promising run for McDowell and ESR
Arizona native grabs third ARCA Pole Award of 2007

SPARTA, KY (May 14, 2007) - Same song, different verse: after a Winchester weekend which saw ARCA RE/MAX Series rookie Michael McDowell break a longstanding track record and have mechanical problems ruin what appeared to be a solid finish, a little more of the same happened this weekend at Kentucky Speedway.

Without making a single mock-qualifying run in practice, McDowell ripped off a lap of 30.702, claiming his third ARCA Pole Award of 2007. He led an all- Eddie Sharp Racing front row to the green flag Saturday night with hopes of earning his first career win and expectations of a dominating evening.

McDowell led the first four laps of the Buckle-Up Kentucky 150 and then settled in behind the Roush Fenway Racing entry of Erik Darnell. McDowell remained in 2nd place when, on lap 26, his No. 2 Z- Line Designs / Make-A-Wish / Beck Dodge cut a right front tire and turned into the outside wall. The ESR crew deemed the car irreparable and McDowell's night was over. The result was a 39th place finish, not one bit to his liking.

"This is just so frustrating right now. I don't know what we need to do, but we need to change up our luck," said McDowell, post-accident. "If we were running poorly, that would be one thing, but the hard part is that this is a team that can win and these cars have been exceptional all year."

"Winning the pole was great. That's just another testament to how hard Patrick (Donahue, crew chief) and our team are working. We have the manpower and the mechanical power to succeed, but unfortunately we're having a string of bad luck. We need to get things turned around quickly."

-credit: mmcdowell.com

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Series ARCA
Drivers Michael McDowell , Erik Darnell
Teams Roush Fenway Racing