Richmond: Michael McDowell preview

McDowell Visits Richmond for the First Tim in the Aaron's Dream Machin e RICHMOND, Va. (April 30, 2008) -- Michael McDowell sets his sights on Richmond International Raceway (RIR) for the first time in his career as he prepares for his fifth ...

McDowell Visits Richmond for the First Tim in the Aaron's Dream Machin e

RICHMOND, Va. (April 30, 2008) -- Michael McDowell sets his sights on Richmond International Raceway (RIR) for the first time in his career as he prepares for his fifth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start in the No. 00 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota Camry.

"I've never raced there, but I really like short track racing," McDowell said. "Running under the lights is always great and after Phoenix (International Raceway), I feel confident about our package. This will be my first time at Richmond so this weekend will be no different. It is only my second short track race on the circuit."

During his first, he finished 26th in the No. 00 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota Camry at Martinsville Speedway during his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut. The team is brining the same chassis (571) this weekend to RIR.

"We want to top that finish in a big way," said McDowell whose career-best NSCS finish is 26th at both Martinsville Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway. "We should have finished in the top 15 at Martinsville, but circumstance forced us to settle for a 26th place finish after we had such a good run."

The four-time ARCA RE/MAX Series winner is not used to having to settle, but is continuing to learn each week.

"Every weekend, I learn more and more," McDowell said. "We led the most laps and won the most races in the ARCA RE/MAX Series last year. I knew that having to relearn some things and visit tracks for the first time was going to be a challenge at this level, but I also know we are making progress every week. We have just had some things happen to us that hurt our efforts and the end results did not reflect our performance."

McDowell has performed well in his first four starts and has kept his Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota Camry team in the top 35 owners points.

"We have dropped a couple spots, but we can pick it back up with some solid results," McDowell said. "We're more than capable of doing it and staying inside the top 35 this season."

In between racing at Talladega Superspeedway and RIR, McDowell detoured to Nashville Superspeedway for testing.

"We try to test as much as possible," McDowell said. "I'm seeing a lot of these tracks for the first times and we want to be prepared. So, we are testing all the time. We're coming up on some track that I am really looking forward to racing. Richmond is one of them."

-credit: mwr

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