Nashville: Michael McDowell preview

McDOWELL READY TO ROCK THE MUSIC CITY NASHVILLE, TN (Apr. 4, 2007) -- One can only imagine ARCA RE/MAX Series driver Michael McDowell's enthusiasm heading into the Nashville ARCA 150 this weekend at the Nashville Superspeedway. The words 'music'...

McDOWELL READY TO ROCK THE MUSIC CITY

NASHVILLE, TN (Apr. 4, 2007) -- One can only imagine ARCA RE/MAX Series driver Michael McDowell's enthusiasm heading into the Nashville ARCA 150 this weekend at the Nashville Superspeedway. The words 'music' and 'racing' are listed as two of his favorite hobbies. It just so happens that he's better at the 'racing' than the 'music'.

"I would say that my driving skills are a bit better than my music skills," said McDowell. "The only thing I can play well is the air guitar".

Lately, McDowell is too focused on piloting his Z-Line Designs, Make A Wish, Beck Dodge to take guitar lessons. After a solid Top-10 at the ARCA RE/MAX Series season opener in Daytona, McDowell and his Eddie Sharp Racing Development Team went on a testing binge. Team owner Eddie Sharp prepared McDowell and his teammates for the season ahead with a rigorous testing schedule.

One of those tests came at the Nashville Superspeedway, where ESR set the fastest time according to unofficial ARCA timing and scoring. McDowell uses that as a benchmark for predicting his success at securing Nashville's highly sought after trophy- a unique one-of-a-kind memorable guitar.

"We spent most of our testing focusing on race-runs," said McDowell. "We felt very comfortable in race-trim and feel confident in our speed. We need to qualify in the top-5 and we'll work on getting a guitar from there".

When asked if he will take the time to learn how to play it, McDowell stays cautiously optimistic.

"I'll keep on playing my air guitar, focusing on winning the race first," stated McDowell. "Something tells me I will learn how to play it real quick if I get the chance".

-credit: esr

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