Another top-five finish for McDowell, ESR McDowell records seventh ARCA SIM Factory Pole Award of 2007 WEST ALLIS, WI (August 27, 2007) - In any other situation, one would be thrilled with a fourth place finish at a feisty race track such as the...
Another top-five finish for McDowell, ESR
McDowell records seventh ARCA SIM Factory Pole Award of 2007
WEST ALLIS, WI (August 27, 2007) - In any other situation, one would be thrilled with a fourth place finish at a feisty race track such as the Milwaukee Mile. Not Michael McDowell-the ARCA RE/MAX Series rookie, in contention for the point championship, couldn't come away from the Governor's Cup 200 optimistic.
Locked in the closest ARCA point battle in the last half- decade with veteran Frank Kimmel, McDowell was hopeful for a third win on the 2007 season after reeling off a lap of 30.342, good enough for his series- leading seventh ARCA SIM Factory Pole Award of the year. And in the early stages of the race, a win in one of ARCA's most heralded races looked to be a lock.
Leading the field to green, McDowell checked out, leading the first 26 laps of the race. With a pit strategy that called for early stops, he relinquished the lead only to re-gain it on lap 120. After more cycles of pit stops and staying in the race's lead pack for the duration, McDowell found his tires falling off in the last twenty laps of the 200-lapper. With 13 to go, he pitted his No. 2 Z-Line Designs / Make-A-Wish / Beck Dodge for four tires, but the effort proved unsuccessful as McDowell could only climb as high as fourth place before the checkered flag fell on the Governor's Cup 200.
The top-five finish left McDowell wanting more.
"It was a good point day for us, which is a positive," said McDowell. "Winning a pole and leading the most laps is a lot sweeter if you take home the trophy. But that's fine. We'll go to St. Louis with some added motivation.
"It's a testament to the 46 team (and driver Frank Kimmel) that they can come in and do what they need to do. They're a formidable opponent in the championship battle, so it's our turn to strike back."
Even though the championship is within reach, McDowell suggests that the focal point of the season should remain on individual race performance, instead of a bigger picture.
"It's important that our place in the standings doesn't consume us. This is a championship-caliber team and we believe we're worthy of hoisting the trophy at the end of the year. We know that in order to get there, we need to continue doing what we've done all year and that's focusing on one race at a time. We don't have a weak track-we should be contending for wins each weekend for the remainder of the season."
McDowell continues to trail Kimmel in the standings, 95 points out of the series lead.