Michael McDowell Salem II race report

MICHAEL MCDOWELL FINISHES 6th AT SALEM SPEEDWAY MOORESVILLE, NC (September 18, 2006) -- One of the newest young talents competing in the ARCA Re/Max Series, Michael McDowell finished an impressive 6th in Saturday's running of the Eddie Gilstrap...

MICHAEL MCDOWELL FINISHES 6th AT SALEM SPEEDWAY

MOORESVILLE, NC (September 18, 2006) -- One of the newest young talents competing in the ARCA Re/Max Series, Michael McDowell finished an impressive 6th in Saturday's running of the Eddie Gilstrap Motors ARCA Fall Classic.

McDowell, no stranger to the racing community, knew that last weekend's ARCA Re/Max race on the .555-mile high banked oval of Southern Indiana's Salem Speedway was going to be a tough event. Competitors from all over the country, 45 total, come to this event every year hoping to be one of the quickest 35 cars to take the green flag. Salem Speedway has earned the reputation of being one of the most difficult short tracks in the country, to survive the 200-lap event is a victory in itself.

"Just finishing here at Salem feels like a victory," explained Michael McDowell. "The guys from Eddie Sharp Racing gave me a great race car, the Z-Line Designs/Southern New Hampshire University Dodge was hooked up and we were able to get the finish that we've been looking for. Saturday night's event was one of the most eventful races that I've driven in, there were so many wrecks but we managed to avoid them and come away with a sixth place finish. Our goal was to stay out of trouble the first 100 laps and be in contention to challenge for a top-5 at the end of the race. We fell a little short of our goal but I learned a lot and can't wait for the next race."

The Salem Speedway event marked the third ARCA Re/Max race for the Phoenix, Arizona native and his first event on a short track. All things considered, McDowell has proven to his competition that he is a force to be reckoned with and with Eddie Sharp Racing behind him it's just a matter of time before he makes it to victory lane.

McDowell now heads to Virginia International Raceway for two days of testing in the Finlay Motorsports prepared Ford Mustang. The Charlotte, NC resident will then prepare to pull double duty the weekend of October 6-7, competing in both the ARCA Re/Max and Grand Am Cup Series.

McDowell's first stop will be to compete in the ARCA Re/Max season finale at Talladega Superspeedway on Friday, October 6th. The 94-lap Food World 250 is slated for a 4:30 p.m. start and will be televised by the Speed Channel at 8:00 p.m... McDowell will then climb from behind the wheel of the Z-Line Designs/Southern New Hampshire University machine and head for Virginia International Raceway where he will compete with teammates Rob Finlay and Memo Gidley in Saturday's running of the Grand Am Cup Series season finale 6-hour event.

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Series ARCA
Drivers Memo Gidley , Michael McDowell , Rob Finlay