McDowell on Kansas"We've got a new partner coming with us to Kansas. Coburn Supply Company will be on our No. 34 Ford for the weekend. Coburn's is a distributor of commercial and residential plumbing, electrical, waterworks and HVAC products. They've been around for over 80 years and have grown to more than 50 locations across the South. This will be their first time with us, so we certainly want to have a good run with their colors on our car, and our mile-and-a-half record this year shows that we can definitely do that.
"Mile-and-a-halfs have really been our strong suit this year. Kansas was a good one for us in the spring. I’m looking forward to going back there and see what we got. The mile-and-a-halfs are either good or bad, depending on how you run that year. It’s that one thing that’s pretty consistent. You can unload with a similar package that you ran at Vegas or Chicago or somewhere like that. I think we’re homed in pretty good on our mile-and-a-half program, and I’m looking forward to Kansas.
"The line moves around. Usually by Lap 50 or 60, you’re all the way up against the fence. And then, by the end of the race, you’re back down at the bottom. So, you’ve got to have some versatility in your car. It’s nice when the track falls off and the tires fall off. The difference with Kansas is, even though the line and grooves move around, it’s still pretty fast the entire time. Unlike Darlington, where one lap is blistering fast, and then you’re a second and a half slower. At Kansas, you stay hauling the mail the whole time. You just start moving around. It’s a fun track and our best mile-and-a-half."
McDowell Kansas Stats
14 starts, 1 top-15, 3 top-20s
Best finish: 13th
No. 34 Speedco/Rotella Ford
Started: 14th | Finished: 40th
"Obviously, not the day we were hoping for with our Speedco/Rotella Ford. We felt we had a pretty fast car, qualifying 14th. But the handling was off for the early part of the race, and then we discovered we had a wheel hub issue, which we had to go to the garage to fix. We're heading back to a mile-and-a-half track next, where we've been strong, so we'll look to rebound."
McDowell on Talladega"The July Daytona race was great for us. We had really fast cars, so we expect to have speed when we get to Talladega. It’s really our best chance to win a race and to get some stage wins and points. We’ve got to make those weekends count. It’s Talladega, so anything can happen. But we’re not in a cut-off spot where we have to worry about playoff implications, so we can just go for the win.
"We go into the race with a lot of confidence in our Speedco/Rotella Ford. We’ve had fast cars at superspeedways this year, and that makes all the difference in the world, knowing what your car's capable of on the racetrack. We know this is a great opportunity for us. We just have to make sure we execute and get to the finish, which sometimes can be the hardest part."
McDowell Talladega Stats
15 starts, 1 top-15, 2 top-20s
Best finish: 15th
Friday, Oct. 12, 1:30pm - Love's Travel Stops (I-20, Exit 147, Leeds)
Sunday, Oct. 14, 9:30am - Ford Performance Display (Talladega Superspeedway Fan Zone)
No. 34 Love's Travel Stops Ford
Started: 27th | Finished: 26th
"Dover is always a tough track. You're racing the track all day. And we just didn't have a great car for it today. We stayed out of trouble but were never able to make up track position like we needed to with our Love's Ford."
McDowell on Dover"Our car wasn’t bad when we were at Dover earlier this season. But, we got spun early in the race and didn’t recover as well as we needed to get a good finish out of it. But, I love Dover. It’s different but similar to Bristol, and the Front Row cars run great at Bristol. I think we can get good results on our second trip back.
"We have goals as a team for these remaining races, and top-15s or top-20s will definitely help us. We were on track for a top-10 finish at the Roval last weekend, and then we got spun on the last lap. Still got a top-20 out of it, but we could've had a really nice points day there. So, we've got some work to do at Dover, but I feel confident our Love's Travel Stops team is up for it."
McDowell Dover Stats
15 starts, 2 top-20s
Best finish: 19th
No. 34 K-LOVE Radio Ford
Started: 18th | Finished: 18th
"We had a tough day, battling back from handling issues and damage from contact. But, in the end, we were positioned to get a top-10 finish with our K-LOVE Radio Ford. And then we got spun on the last lap. So, I'm disappointed with the finish but proud of the effort all weekend from our 34 team."
McDowell on Charlotte Roval"I think it’s awesome that we’re racing the Roval. I’m really excited. Marcus Smith and everybody at Charlotte Motor Speedway have done a really outstanding job, putting a lot of time and lot of effort and a lot of money into making sure that this thing goes off well.
"I’ve seen over the years that a lot of folks in the industry as a whole do not like change. But I’m excited. I like road courses, obviously. It’s going to be a great race and a good show. We've been fast on road courses this year, and I think we can be fast again in our K-LOVE Radio Ford this weekend."
McDowell Road Course (Sonoma and Watkins Glen) Stats
17 starts, 2 top-15s, 5 top-20s
Best finish: 12th (Watkins Glen)
McDowell Charlotte Stats
18 starts, 1 top-15, 3 top-20s
Best finish: 14th
Sunday, Sept. 30, 11am - Ford Performance display (Charlotte Motor Speedway Fan Zone)
No. 34 Dockside Logistics Ford
Started: 23rd | Finished: 24th
"Our first run we were just a little too far off to start the race, and then we just missed the Lucky Dog spot. So that got us behind, a lap down. But, I think we did a good job making adjustments, and I think our strategy was good, too. But we got a lap down, and it was hard to make it up."
McDowell on Richmond"Our teammate, David Ragan, was really good at Richmond in the first race. He ran in the teens – a really strong race for him. David also recently tested there in a wheel force car. So, we’ve got good notes as a team and will make the right adjustments going back there. That’s what’s nice about having a teammate. When you go back to tracks the second time, even if you didn’t hit it, you have good information to build on if you have a teammate that did.
"I’ve always enjoyed Richmond. It’s a great race and requires good tire management. It’s just good short-track racing. These last nine races are important to us even though we’re not in the playoffs. We need to string together some solid results over these final weeks. We have our own goals and our own battles, and we’re close in points to those we’re battling. So, we really need to execute in the races that remain."
McDowell Richmond Stats
15 starts, 1 top-15, 3 top-20s
Best finish: 12th
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