McDowell on Kansas"Kansas Speedway has got some age on it and multiple lanes now, which is great. Last year, Kansas was my best mile-and-a-half result. So, I’m really looking forward to going back there in our Love's Travel Stops Ford.
"Kansas is important because we go there twice. Texas and Charlotte, too -- you go to those places twice. So, if you can get your package dialed in for those tracks, I feel like you can score a lot of points and get some good results on the board. And that’s really important for us."
McDowell Kansas Stats
13 starts, 1 top-15, 2 top-20s
Best finish: 13th
Saturday, May 12, 3:45pm - Kansas Speedway Ignition Garage (Kansas Speedway Infield)
No. 34 Dockside Logistics Ford
Started: 29th | Finished: 22nd
"It was an OK day for our Dockside Logistics team. Our car had decent speed at times, but we got spun early in the race and got some damage, and we just never had track position working for us. So, we overcame a lot. I just wish a few other things had worked in our favor to get us into the top 20."
McDowell on Dover"It is intimidating. It’s one of the racetracks where, from a driver’s standpoint, your first lap on the track after you unload, it still takes your breath away. Not just that it’s so fast. You just drop into the holes, into the turns. It’s like a big Bristol. It’s super fast and high-commitment. The reason it’s the ‘Monster’ is that it eats cars. It’s very easy to get yourself in a mess there.
"The banking is so steep, when somebody wrecks, everything washes down to the bottom. Everybody winds up sliding into the same spot. We’ve had some really big wrecks there where you get half the field because there’s just nowhere to go. It’s so narrow. It can be a handful.
"We'll have the Drive for Autism decal on our Dockside Logistics Ford this weekend. The track, Autism Delaware and Artie Kempner do a great job raising awareness and support for families affected by autism. I'll be headed up there a little early on Thursday for the Drive for Autism golf event. It's a little slower-paced day than at the racetrack, visiting with the kids and doing a little golfing. I'm looking forward to it."
McDowell Dover Stats
14 starts, 2 top-20s
Best finish: 19th
Sunday, May 6, 10:30am - Ford Performance display (Dover International Speedway Fan Zone)
No. 34 Love's Travel Stops/Roller Bites Ford
Started: 20th | Finished: 32nd (accident)
"All I saw was smoke, unfortunately. We were just in the wrong lane at the wrong time. We had a really fast Love’s Travel Stops Ford. Unfortunately that happens here at Talladega, and it always feels like it is 20 to go when we crash. I am not sure how to get to the end of these. It has been a rough last few years."
McDowell on Talladega"Talladega is a race that we circle. David Ragan won there with Front Row Motorsports a few years back, with David Gilliland pushing. So, there’s a lot of pressure going to Talladega. I would love to tell you that that’s a great racetrack for me. But, for whatever reason, I miss all the wrecks at Daytona and I’m in every single one at Talladega. I’m hoping to break that streak because the last few years have been rough there. There’s great opportunity to be up front and steal some stage points, maybe put yourself in position to win a race and get a playoff spot for our Love's Travel Stops team.
"As far as working with a teammate, at Talladega you can be a little more strategic. At Daytona it’s harder because there we were three-wide for a long time, and the leaders were moving lanes. You’re so stacked up, it’s hard to get out of a lane and get into another one. But at Talladega, you can still work your way to the top, get hooked up with a few people, get coordinated. It just feels like you have a little bit more space and a little bit more opportunity to get organized."
McDowell Talladega Stats
14 starts, 1 top-15, 2 top-20s
Best finish: 15th
No. 34 K-LOVE Radio Ford
Started: 24th | Finished: 31st
"It seemed like we were fighting a bunch of obstacles this evening. We got a pass-through penalty early in the race under green, and we wound up trying to dig ourselves out of that hole the rest of the night. We tried a different pit strategy hoping that would help us out, and it didn’t work as we’d hoped. And all the while we kept working on our car’s handling. We’d hoped for a better finish for our K-LOVE team."
McDowell on Richmond"We're excited for Richmond because it's another track where Front Row Motorsports runs well, so we're looking forward to getting our K-LOVE Ford on track and see what we can do. With the reconfiguration, it drives more like a mile-and-a-half than it does a short track. But I believe it produces some of the best racing that we see. A lot of that has to do with tire fall-off, so you have to manage your tires well.
"You get long green-flag runs there, over 100 laps. You lose so much drive off the corner, that it creates good racing and great opportunity, and the track gets two- and three-wide. Richmond’s about being disciplined, taking care of your tires, and you’ve got to be really smart there."
McDowell Richmond Stats
14 starts, 1 top-15, 3 top-20s
Best finish: 12th
No. 34 Love's Travel Stops Ford
Started: 9th | Finished: 38th (accident)
"It’s just unfortunate. There are no excuses. I was just racing the 19 and got loose underneath him. There’s not a lot of grip. It rained all day and that VHT just doesn’t do well without heat. I was stuck on the bottom and that was about it. I really hate it for my guys. We had a fast Love’s Travel Stops Ford and just to be out this early is really heartbreaking."
No. 34 Love's Travel Stops Ford
Started: 27th | Finished: 14th
"We've had some bad luck and lost a lot of points, but today we had good luck and gained some points. We were pretty lucky to get through that first accident. We had a little damage but not bad enough. Not as bad as some of the others. We had a lot of people from Love’s here today, so it is exciting to get a top-15 run for them."
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