Engine woes thwart McDowell's day at Nashville ARCA rookie collects sixth pole of 2007 LEBANON, TN (August 13, 2007) - It seems that Nashville Superspeedway has Michael McDowell's number. In April, a cut tire ended McDowell's night while...
Engine woes thwart McDowell's day at Nashville
ARCA rookie collects sixth pole of 2007
LEBANON, TN (August 13, 2007) - It seems that Nashville Superspeedway has Michael McDowell's number.
In April, a cut tire ended McDowell's night while running in second place in the early goings of the race. While he was hoping to avoid a second- consecutive snake bite, McDowell's No. 2 Z-Line Designs / Make-A-Wish / Beck Dodge eventually succumbed to an engine failure but not before making waves on the weekend.
McDowell's lap of 30.126 earned the Phoenix native his sixth ARCA SIM Factory Pole Award of 2007. After leading the field to the green flag, McDowell led the race's first 33 laps and then settled in behind race leader Bryan Clauson until the bulk of the field began a green flag pit stop cycle. McDowell's Eddie Sharp Racing team cut the pit window too short and while pitting, the yellow flag fell, trapping McDowell one lap down.
McDowell re-started as the second car off the lead lap but quickly earned his lap back passing leader Clauson just prior to another caution period, putting him at the tail-end of the lead lap in fourteenth place. As the ARCA rookie navigated his way back up through the field, he began to encounter engine trouble which proved to be terminal with three laps to go. McDowell's stout comeback ended in a nineteenth place finish.
Despite the day's unfavorable result, McDowell was pleased with the team's perseverance:
"We had an awesome car today. It was good enough to put us in position to come back from adversity but unfortunately our motor fell flat there at the end," said McDowell. "Ernie Elliott has given us great motors this year-this is our first motor failure of the season. We'll go back to the shop and figure out what went wrong and move on from there."
McDowell remains in second place in the series point standings, 80 points behind leader Frank Kimmel.
Up Next: On Sunday, August 19, Michael McDowell and Eddie Sharp Racing will take to the dirt at the Illinois State Fairgrounds for the first dirt oval race of the 2007 ARCA RE/MAX Series season.