McDowell, no 2018 plans yet, ‘extremely thankful’ for Leavine Family Racing
By James Jackson
October 4, 2017
It was announced last month that Kasey Kahne will take over the No. 95 Leavine Family Racing machine in 2018.
That decision to bring in Kahne leaves McDowell without a ride for the 2018 season. McDowell talked with The Racing Experts about any plans he has for next season.
“No plans, nothing locked down yet,” he said. “I feel good about it. There’s a few opportunities, I’m pursuing everything I can but nothing’s done. It’s not knew for me to be in this in this spot.
“October, November not knowing what could happen. Fortunately, it’s been a pretty solid year. We’re a solid organization and we’ve had some great results and that’s helped me be able to have good conversations with teams. I believe that’s helped my credibility in the garage.”
McDowell has been racing for the team in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series since 2014, earning one top-five finish and four top-10 finishes across 96 starts.
McDowell, who leads the team in all-time starts, was very appreciative of the opportunity he has been given to drive for Leavine Family Racing.
“I’ve said it over and over, I’m extremely thankful for this opportunity,” McDowell said. “We’ve had a great relationship over the last four years. They are a family, we are a family. I know this wasn’t easy for them, it definitely wasn’t easy for me.
“The only thing I leave from here is just thankful. They’ve treated me so well. They’ve given me the opportunity from being a start and park guy that’s hanging on for dear life to stay in the sport to being apart of growing and building this organization to where there’s races we’re contenders.
“In the rest of the races we’re doing really well and out performing teams that have four or five times the budget, four and five times the people. It’s been an incredible experience and incredible journey and I’m thankful for it.”
This is the first year of McDowell’s Cup Series career he’s competed in each of the first 29 races of the season.
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