McDOWELL HAS UNFINISHED BUSINESS IN NASHVILLE Lebanon, Tenn. (June 4, 2009)- Michael McDowell has a bone to pick with Nashville Superspeedway. There seems to be a bit of unfinished business between the two. "I have been so close to winning...
McDOWELL HAS UNFINISHED BUSINESS IN NASHVILLE
Lebanon, Tenn. (June 4, 2009)- Michael McDowell has a bone to pick with Nashville Superspeedway. There seems to be a bit of unfinished business between the two.
"I have been so close to winning races at Nashville. No matter how fast I think the car is, or how many laps I lead, I am never able to seal the deal and win a guitar. I definitely have unfinished business at Nashville", said McDowell.
McDowell has a right to feel that way. In only three stock car starts at the Nashville Superspeedway, McDowell has had great shots at a win. McDowell's first taste of Nashville was an ARCA REMAX Series event. Qualifying 5th in only his 8th stock car appearance, McDowell cut down a right front tire and crashed. His second start at Nashville came later that year where he promptly won the pole and cut down another tire while leading. McDowell's first NASCAR Nationwide Series start came early in 2009 where he led for 9 laps before fading late in the race due to a bent suspension.
What you can't bend however, is McDowell's optimism.
"I think we will be pretty good in Nashville. We're taking back the same car with a few improvements. I tested a lot of cup car laps at Nashville, so I have plenty of laps around the place. I think we should be in good shape for the race on Saturday. Unless something else crazy happens", said McDowell.
2009: has two top-10 finishes in 2009 (Vegas, Richmond); Five top-15 finishes (Nashville, Phoenix, Talladega, Richmond, Dover)
Nashville Stats: 2 ARCA RE/MAX Series Starts: 1 Pole, 91% Laps Completed. 1 NASCAR Nationwide Series Start: Start-3, Finish- 15
Tornado Relief: McDowell is participating in The NASCAR Nationwide Series Relief Fund Team Challenge. All funds donated to the Nashville-area Red Cross are to assist in the Tornado Relief Efforts.
"I have a ton of laps at Nashville from testing the Cup cars at MWR. The concrete surface really lends some grip throughout the weekend and the fast, sweeping corners are very challenging. The track is technical in a sense as the right balance of aero, mechanical grip and engine are all very important."
The No. 47 ConstructionJobs.com JTG Daugherty Racing team will compete with chassis #51 in this weekend's Federated Auto Parts 300. This car led 9 laps earlier at Nashville, eventually finishing 15th.