It’s been a career year for Michael McDowell.
McDowell finished eighth Sunday (July 3) in the Kwik Trip 250 at Road America, his sixth Top-10 finish in the last 10 races and seventh of the season. But he and his Front Row Motorsports team are expecting more
“It was a solid effort but not what we hoped for,” McDowell said. “We seemed to lose the rear tires a bit too much as the run went on and as we tried to dial rear grip into it we just lost a little bit of turn and then it kind of compounded.
“We didn’t quite have the speed we needed to run up in the top-five and challenge and kind of slid back a little bit. All in all it was a solid day and we executed well. It is nice to be disappointed with an 8th place finish but our expectations have gone up and we want to challenge for wins.”
With eight races left in the regular season, McDowell is 21st in driver’s standings, 115 points behind the playoff cutline.
It will very likely take a win for McDowell to earn a playoff berth for a second consecutive year.
“We just have a little more to gain and I think we will be in the right direction for the Glen and we have been fast on the ovals too,” McDowell said. “It should be a good month for us coming up. We will take a top-10 and build on it but ultimately it is not what we hoped for.”
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