Front Row Motorsports driver Michael McDowell hasn’t visited Victory Lane since the 2021 Daytona 500. However, he has big plans for the weekend of the NASCAR Cup Series at Road America.
The driver of the #34 Ford Mustang has talked about the upcoming race on the road and has set some high expectations for himself. He acknowledged the need for the team to make some moves, especially with only nine races remaining in the regular season. Road America presents him with a chance to win and advance his ticket to the playoffs.
“I don’t think we can define any specific race where we can definitely say it’s our race to win or lose, but we all know the time to make that happen is now,” McDowell said in a statement From Front Row Motorsports. “We expect to run well and compete in all the remaining races. But based on history and performance, and my personal history, this weekend is a weekend to show off again.”
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McDowell has previously had success in Rhode America
The trip to Road America will be McDowell’s second as a Cup Series driver, but he has previous track experience in a different series. He’s started five times on the track in the Xfinity Series while driving for three different teams, and has an average finish of 16.7.
McDowell’s first trip to Road America ended early in 2010 due to an engine failure. He finished 33rd after originally qualifying fifth. However, his next three starts – all with Joe Gibbs Racing – led him to 12th, 2nd and 34th place.
The Arizona National’s best performance occurred during the 2016 season. He joined Richard Childress Racing and qualified second in a No. 2 Chevrolet. McDowell then drove 24 of the 48 laps before beating teammate Brendan Gauguin. This was his first victory in the NASCAR National Series.
McDowell has set the best career numbers for 2022
While McDowell did not return Front Row Motorsports to Victory Lane, he did find success in other areas. He’s already exceeded his career best number in the top 10 by six times, and significantly improved his average finish to 17.1.
McDowell’s best performance of the season – statistically speaking – occurred during his last road race. He qualified 4th overall at the Sonoma racetrack before going from toe to toe with some of the most accomplished racers on the road in the sport. McDowell finished his third day overall to help him book 37 points.
The last race in the schedule, the Nashville Superspeedway, showed another consistent performance. McDowell didn’t break into the top 10 at the end of the race, but hovered around that mark all afternoon and into the night before finishing 13th overall. He also scored a stage point during the second part.
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