Las Vegas: Michael McDowell race report

McDowell Enjoys Top 10 in Vegas Michael McDowell and his No. 47 Kingsford/Smith's Supermarkets-sponsored NASCAR Nationwide Series team are learning each other quickly. After a disappointing performance last week in Fontana, Calif. the group took...

McDowell Enjoys Top 10 in Vegas

Michael McDowell and his No. 47 Kingsford/Smith's Supermarkets-sponsored NASCAR Nationwide Series team are learning each other quickly. After a disappointing performance last week in Fontana, Calif. the group took the lessons learned and ran up front for a majority of the Sam's Town 300 race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

McDowell reflected on his sixth place finish: "We qualified well last week but started the race with a car that was much too tight to race competitively. I didn't want to make the same mistake twice, so we gave up a bit in qualifying trim in favor of a set-up that allowed us to move forward aggressively. This has been a great week for the McDowell family, the birth of our son Trace and now a strong top 10 finish."

McDowell ran as high as second place on several occasions in a race that was riddled with 13 caution periods.

Commented Crew Chief Gene Nead: "It was treacherous out there today. Vegas is a fast track and the heat made it slippery. Michael's talent really showed through today and I'm excited to improve our results."

The JTG Daugherty team now gets a couple weeks to catch up on building its new fleet of Toyota Camry's.

The next action for the NASCAR Nationwide series is in two weeks in Bristol Motor Speedway (Tennessee.).

-credit: jtgr

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Michael McDowell