STATESVILLE, N.C. (March 13, 2017) – A group of California-based U.S. Marines will enjoy a VIP race experience at Auto Club Speedway before their next deployment, courtesy of Love’s Travel Stops and Michael McDowell’s No. 34 team. Five members of Lima Co. 1st Platoon, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, based at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, Calif., will be guests of the team for Sunday’s Auto Club 400.
Cpl. Tanner Reihm, Cpl. Dalton Muma, Lance Cpl. Ryan McLean, Lance Cpl. Jacob Milton and Cpl. Tyler Yonley recently completed a month-long Integrated Training Exercise in preparation for their upcoming deployment with the Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force (SPMAGTF). Before they go, they will get to enjoy a VIP race day experience at the Fontana, Calif., track, including a meet-and-greet with McDowell and pre-race ceremonies on pit road with the team.
“This is a great experience for me and these close friends of mine – another chance to cut loose and unwind a bit before we deploy again,” Cpl. Reihm said. “Two years ago, Dalton Muma and I got to attend this race and we had an amazing time, and we were welcomed with open arms by the Front Row team and all of the NASCAR teams. I wanted to share that experience again with my fellow Marines who share a love for NASCAR like me.”
McDowell is proud to join Love’s in giving the Marines a special day to show appreciation for their service and sacrifice.
“I feel the NASCAR community always steps up in showing appreciation for our military,” the 10-year Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series veteran said. “And I’m really proud that our Love’s team is going to personally have the opportunity to host this local group of guys on race day and give them an all-access experience. I will be extremely proud to be standing next to them on pit road when our anthem plays.”
Cpl. Reihm is the son of Love’s Travel Stops employee Heather Scoggins, who works at Love’s Oklahoma City, Okla., headquarters.
“It makes my heart proud that these young men have stepped up to fight for our country. They lay their lives on the line for all of us to remain free, and they receive very little in return,” Scoggins said. “It makes my heart happy that this opportunity has been arranged for them. It gives them a chance to enjoy a little bit of the ‘real world’ before they deploy. I know that each of them is beyond excited, and they will carry the wonderful memories with them on deployment.”
The Love’s Travel Stops team will have another show of support for the military on the race car itself. For the third consecutive season, Love’s will show its continued support for the Special Forces Charitable Trust on the Ford Fusion’s rear quarter panels. The organization provides support for the U.S. Army Special Forces community and their families.
The Auto Club 400 is scheduled to air live on FOX, with coverage beginning Sunday at 3:30 p.m. ET.
No. 34 K-LOVE Radio Ford
Started: 31st | Finished: 32nd
"That might've been the toughest race I've ever driven. We lost power steering about a hundred laps in and went the rest of the way without it. We had made some gains on Saturday, and I was looking forward to a better day on Sunday. We've got some points to make up now, so we'll regroup and get back at it next week in California."
McDowell on Phoenix"It's always great racing at my home track, and it's getting a much-deserved upgrade right now. We've had attendance up and down all throughout the country, but not at Phoenix. Phoenix has been rock-solid sellout crowds, campers for miles. Out of all the places we go to, even Daytona, there are more people camping at Phoenix than there are anywhere else. We have great fans. They are loyal, they love racing, they love the atmosphere. And the culture that the track is going to be able to create for the fan is going to be amazing. So, of all the places we go to, and not just because it's my hometown, they really deserve it. They've done a great job keeping people in the stands.
"This will be our first race this season with K-LOVE Radio on our Ford. They've been a long-time supporter of my racing career, and it's great that they are continuing to do so now that I'm at Front Row Motorsports. For me, it's always fun to go home. It's pretty cool to have so much support in your hometown, both from the fans and from an important partner."
McDowell Phoenix Stats
Best finish: 22nd
No. 34 Love's Travel Stops Ford
Started: 15th | Finished: 37th (engine)
"We started to lose some power and had a lot of smoke in the cockpit. Normally they don’t fix themselves. The Love’s Ford was fast today. We had a good strategy and played it out. We were able to maintain that first run but unfortunately it just wasn’t meant to be for us today. I am really proud of everyone at Front Row Motorsports. We brought a fast car here. We came in here 15th in points and had a good run going and were hoping to stay in the top 15. We will go to Phoenix and hopefully we will unload with a fast Ford again and make sure we get to the end."
McDowell on Las Vegas"Each intermediate track is different. Atlanta is very different than Vegas. Vegas is high speed, very treacherous, cars are twitchy. You feel like you’re on a qualifying lap every single lap. Then you go to California and you’ve got 17 lanes. Throw Phoenix in there, and after the West Coast swing, you get back after those races and you know where you’re at as a race team.
"You know where your short-track program is, you know where your intermediate program is. You know where you are on rough racetracks, you know where you are on smooth surfaces. And that’s where everybody goes, ’OK, here’s what we’ve got to work on. Here’s where we’re good, here’s where we’re bad.’"
McDowell Las Vegas Stats
Best finish: 18th
Current points ranking: 15th
No. 34 Love's Travel Stops Ford
Started: 17th | Finished: 24th
"It wasn't our best day. We fought the car pretty much the entire race. We never felt like we had it down in practice, so we were kind of up against it the entire weekend. We still salvaged a top-25 and got some points, so that's the positive."
McDowell on Daytona"Daytona was great for us. We had a fast Love’s Ford all day, we earned stage points in every stage and came home with a top-10. It was a great start to our season. But, for me, Atlanta is when the season really starts. Daytona is obviously big and it’s important, but you don’t know what you have until you get to Atlanta. Everybody works their guts out in the off-season with procedures and processes trying to find speed, and then you get to Atlanta and you see where you’re at. So, everybody’s anxious to get there and get Friday going.
"Atlanta’s a tough place. It’s worn out, tire wear comes into play and a lot of other variables. But the good thing is it’s Atlanta -- it's been the same the last few years and it gives you a good indication of where you’re at."
McDowell Atlanta stats
Best finish: 29th
Current points ranking: 6th
No. 34 Love's Travel Stops Ford
Started: 22nd | Finished: 9th
"We had our ups and downs today for sure. I am thankful to get stage points in each stage. It takes a top-10 finish and makes it like a top-five. We had a fast Love’s Travel Stops Ford. Unfortunately we had a little mishap on pit road and lost a lap because of it, and we fought our guts out to get that lap back. I'm thankful to get out of Daytona with a top-10. Derrick Finley and the guys all did a great job."
McDowell on Daytona"I'm really excited to be here and to have laps under my belt in the Love's Ford. We had pretty smooth practices -- just a few growing pains on my end, getting things fine-tuned. We were working on the shifter and all the things you get used to over the years, because they change when you go to another team and another car. But everybody did a good job, and practice went pretty smoothly, and we're ready for the Duels and the 500.
"It's crazy that the Daytona 500 is going to be my 250th Cup start. There have been a lot of great drivers that have come through the series, and I feel very fortunate that I'm still here and have another opportunity this year. To make 250 is awesome, and to do it at Daytona is special. I've got a lot to look forward to this year and hopefully I can make it count."
McDowell Daytona Stats
13 starts, 1 top-5, 4 top-10s
Best finish: 4th
Milestone for Michael
The 2018 Daytona 500 will be McDowell's 250th career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start.
Thursday, Feb. 15, 3pm - Ford Performance display (Daytona International Speedway Fan Zone)
STATESVILLE, N.C. (Jan. 23, 2017) – K-LOVE Radio will join Michael McDowell in his move to Front Row Motorsports, partnering with the No. 34 Ford team for five races in the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. K-LOVE is known nationally for its “Positive & Encouraging” message and has been part of McDowell’s racing career since 2010.
On the 2018 schedule, K-LOVE will be showcased on the No. 34 Ford at ISM Raceway (March), Richmond International Raceway (April), Daytona International Speedway (July), Watkins Glen International (August) and Charlotte Motor Speedway (September).
K-LOVE is a non-denominational, non-profit radio network with more than 400 radio signals in 44 states. Headquartered in Rocklin, Calif., its programming also streams live on klove.com.
“Sometimes sponsors come and go in racing, but I’m really proud that my relationship with K-LOVE has been a long-term one,” McDowell said. “Wherever I’m traveling, whether I’m having a good day or a bad day, K-LOVE is there – on the radio or online – with positive and encouraging music. I’m grateful for that, and I’m grateful for K-LOVE’s support throughout my career.”
K-LOVE’s CEO Mike Novak shared, “K-LOVE’s ongoing partnership with Michael McDowell has been exciting to say the least. NASCAR fans are so loyal to Michael and to K-LOVE, and for that we are thankful. And now to partner with Front Row Motorsports, we can’t wait to get 2018 started. See you at the races.”
The K-LOVE Ford will make its 2018 on-track debut at ISM Speedway in Phoenix, Ariz., on March 11. The Ticket Guardian 500 will air live on FOX.
K-LOVE creates compelling media designed to inspire and encourage people to develop a meaningful relationship with Christ. K-LOVE is a listener-supported Radio Network delivering a Positive & Encouraging message to millions of Listeners every week through its 446 signals across 47 states. For more information visit: www.klove.com.
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