Driver of the No. 95 Leavine Family Racing, Michael McDowell is heading to Kentucky Speedway with LFR for the first time with the team.
Fresh off a fourth place finish at Daytona International Speedway, the single-car team and its driver are coming into the track with both momentum and confidence.
Consistency is on the No. 95’s side this season at Daytona. The return to Daytona after the 2017 Daytona 500 season opener marked a second running in the top ten at the Daytona track.
“It was a great run for us,” McDowell said.
“Really building off the Daytona 500 where we were in the top-five and ran out of gas. We really had a fast car. We have great people. They are relentless. They work hard. Everybody back at the shop. ECR power under the hood, that helps.”
Along with their best finish in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, the fourth place finish at Daytona also marked the team’s seventh Top-25 finish in a row.
The stability and constant good finishes couldn’t come at a better time for the full time Cup team. Kentucky will be a new challenge with its newly paved surface is a place McDowell has not been at for years.
“I have not raced at Kentucky in a long time,” said McDowell.
“Ty (Dillon) raced there last year for LFR. Obviously with the repave, I don’t have a whole lot to bring to the table, but I’ve watched the videos and studied the data. It may take me a little to figure out this new asphalt, but it should be a fun weekend, especially after coming off our best finish as a team!”
McDowell was 26th in Friday’s first practice, and 30th in the final practice. Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying starts tonight at 6:15 p.m, and will be broadcast on television on NBCSN.
Tomorrow night’s MENCSs Quaker State 400 Presented by Advance Auto Parts starts at 7:30 p.m., also being broadcast on NBCSN. The race is scheduled for 267 laps (400.5 miles).
McDowell sat down and talked with ClosetNASCARFan.com back at Martinsville Speedway this past Spring. Read Michael McDowell’s interview here.