FRM NHMS Recap: McDowell Stays Ranked 12th in Playoff Standings and Alfredo Gets Spun Early in Race
A Recap of the Weekend Past
The NASCAR Cup Series made its annual trip to New England and the New Hampshire Motor Speedway this past weekend.
Rain paused the race just after going green. The weather delay then forced NASCAR to cut the race just short due to darkness as the race went into the late evening.
Front Row Motorsports hosted family, friends and new partner Horizon Hobby on Sunday.
FRM did not get the finishes desired, but now a two week break for the Olympics will allow both teams to prepare for the remainder of the season.
MICHAEL MCDOWELL. NO. 34 HORIZON HOBBY FORD MUSTANG. FINISHED 25
Michael McDowell and the No. 34 Horizon Hobby team used pit strategy to jump into the Top-15 in the opening stage during Sunday's race. McDowell's Horizon Hobby Ford Mustang showed speed early in the race, but lost some handling on longer runs. Still, McDowell kept the car on the Lead Lap heading into Stage 2.
The second stage, McDowell just couldn't get the car to roll through the center as needed. McDowell lost some positions, but still raced inside the top-25. The remainder of the race was very similar for the team. They worked on the car, had some good laps, but just couldn't get the speed to get back to the top-15. McDowell finished 25th.
MCDOWELL ON NEW HAMPSHIRE MOTOR SPEEDWAY:
"We really couldn't get the car to turn as we needed. It started off better for us, but the track changed a lot. We tried a lot of different adjustments, but nothing that made us where we wanted to be. We just had to grind it out and try to get the most points out of it today. I think we did that, but we will work hard these next two weeks to get our momentum back. It was great to see everyone in New Hampshire and have Horizon Hobby and their dealers with us. I enjoyed meeting everyone and it all helps build our program."
ANTHONY ALFREDO. NO. 38 DUDE WIPES FORD MUSTANG. FINISHED 32
Anthony Alfredo had his homecoming race weekend spoiled by another car that spun Alfredo on Lap 32 in Sunday's race. Alfredo and the team never had the opportunity to get into the race before he was hit from behind and spun into the wall. The car sustained heavy right-rear damage.
The crew was able to keep the car on the track for Alfredo to get laps and earn points. Alfredo did a great job of racing and staying ahead of many other cars that had no other damage. But, it was still a long race for Alfredo for something not his doing.
ALFREDO ON NEW HAMPSHIRE SPEEDWAY:
"It's super disappointing. We have a tore up race car and had no brakes. It was tough with a damaged car and the fumes coming in. I just hate it. I loved having my family and friends there. It's a great DUDE Wipes Ford that we had, and we only get to race 30 laps before being wrecked. We just need to regroup and take time to get better the next two weeks."