McDowell suffers heartbreak at Talladega DNF at Talladega ends hopes of an ARCA championship TALLADEGA, AL (October 8, 2007) - While a mathematical long shot for the 2007 ARCA RE/MAX Series championship, Michael McDowell was confident that he...
McDowell suffers heartbreak at Talladega
DNF at Talladega ends hopes of an ARCA championship
TALLADEGA, AL (October 8, 2007) - While a mathematical long shot for the 2007 ARCA RE/MAX Series championship, Michael McDowell was confident that he and Eddie Sharp Racing could pull off the upset; however, he knew the 250-mile race from Talladega Superspeedway would be a metaphorical roulette wheel.
Unfortunately, the wheel didn't spin in McDowell's favor.
After qualifying eleventh with a lap of 52.394 around the 2.66 mile high-banked tri-oval, McDowell didn't expect a dominating performance but he did look forward to an action-packed Friday afternoon with the promise of a top-ten finish.
Running three- and sometimes four-wide, McDowell climbed into the race's top-ten prior to pitting on the in the race's first yellow-flag stop. Upon exiting pit road, McDowell and fellow competitor Mark Thompson collided, putting a hole in the nose of the No. 2 Lotame / Make-A-Wish Dodge.
The Eddie Sharp Racing pit crew patched up the hole and McDowell's familiar blue and silver Dodge was back on the prowl. After running as high as seventh, McDowell settled into the large lead draft pack before disaster struck. The No. 31 car of Tim McCreadie made contact with McDowell, causing damage to the left quarter panel, slicing open the left rear tire. The blown tire caused McDowell to lose control, prompting a multi-car accident that included teammate Josh Wise.
He was safe from injury but his aspirations for a point championship were broken. With a 33rd place finish resulting from a DNF, McDowell is now mathematically eliminated from contending for the series title.
"Obviously, this isn't the result we wanted," said McDowell. "(McCreadie) got under me and cut the tire down and that was that. I hate it for the whole ESR team that I couldn't win them this championship-they deserved it.
"We have one last race at Toledo and if my memory serves me, we have some unfinished business there. We'll shoot for the track record in qualifying and win the race so we can end the season on top."