Toledo: Michael McDowell preview

McDowell looks to change luck in Toledo Arizona native has been fast, but riddled with mechanical gremlins MOORESVILLE, NC (May 17, 2007) - The late ARCA winner and NASCAR superstar Davey Allison once said "I'd rather be lucky than good." Well,...

McDowell looks to change luck in Toledo
Arizona native has been fast, but riddled with mechanical gremlins

MOORESVILLE, NC (May 17, 2007) - The late ARCA winner and NASCAR superstar Davey Allison once said "I'd rather be lucky than good." Well, Michael McDowell and Eddie Sharp Racing echo that sentiment; they have certainly been good but luck is something the team is still chasing.

McDowell hopes to change his luck this weekend at Toledo Speedway for the eighth race of the ARCA RE/MAX Series season, the Hantz Group 200 by Federated Car Care. The team brings the very same No. 2 Z-Line Designs / Make-A-Wish / Beck Dodge that has captured two ARCA Sim Factory Pole Awards (out of three) on the season in hopes of stopping its short track string of solid runs with unpleasant finishes.

McDowell and ESR tested at Toledo prior to last weekend's race at Kentucky Speedway. This Sunday's race will be the first time McDowell competes there but he feels his chances of a win are promising.

"The test went well for us," said McDowell. "We found a good enough balance with the car that we'll have a great setup for race trim. This car (the chassis that captured poles at Winchester and Salem) has been good to us this season-we've been fast everywhere we've gone-and this weekend should be no different."

While McDowell's 2007 season has been strong performance-wise, his string of bad luck has dropped him from fifth to seventh in the ARCA RE/MAX Series point standings in the last two races. Also in the midst of a heated battle for the Rookie of the Year Award, McDowell knows it's time to score some high finishes in order to make a move to the top of the standings.

"We've lost some ground in the points," continued McDowell. "As far as our team goes, we should be up there in the mix with Frank Kimmel and those guys. Toledo can be that breakthrough race we're looking for if we can just complete all of the laps."

"I'm looking forward to racing at Toledo. It will be fun to visit the home of ARCA and, hopefully, continue to be as quick as we have been at tracks like Salem and Winchester."

ARCA Sim Factory Pole Award Qualifying will take place at 3:30 pm on Saturday. The Hantz Group 200 by Federated Car Care begins a Noon EST on Sunday and will air live on Speed Channel.

-credit: www.mmcdowell.com.

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Series ARCA
Drivers Frank Kimmel , Michael McDowell , Davey Allison