Michael McDowell
Michael McDowell
Front Row Motorsports
Front Row Motorsports
2019 Fantasy Outlook
It's hard to believe but we're coming up on McDowell's 12th season of part or full-time competition in NASCAR's top division. The 34-year-old has bounced all over the NASCAR garage area over the years, but he seems to have settled in with Front Row Motorsports for the time being. This will be his second season with the FRM No. 34 team. He raced to one Top-10 finish last year and a respectable 26th-place finish in the final driver standings. McDowell has slotted typically between there and 30th for the last three seasons. With now 285 Cup starts under his belt, McDowell is one of the grey beards in the garage area. He'll once again pair with Derrick Finley atop the team's tool box and look to improve in 2019. McDowell is typically a mid-20s finisher each week, and that's something we've grown to depend on in both regular fantasy racing and DFS. Read Past Outlooks
Fifth at Daytona
NASCAR Cup
February 17, 2019
McDowell finished fifth in the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway Sunday afternoon.
ANALYSIS
McDowell's good superspeedway racing skill was on full display in this Daytona 500. He would pilot the No. 34 FRM Ford to the front in the late stages of this 500-mile race. The veteran driver would avoid a lot of the trouble that most of the field would find in the closing stages of this Great American Race. McDowell lined up behind Joey Logano after the final green flag and would push the No. 22 Ford toward the lead. The duo's assault on Denny Hamlin would fall short, but Logano and McDowell would finish fourth and fifth respectively. It was his second-career Top-5 finish, both of which have come at Daytona.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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The journeyman driver makes the switch from Leavine Family Racing to Front Row Motorsports in 2018. McDowell posted good numbers with the No. 95 team last season. The veteran driver nabbed one Top-10 finish at Daytona in July, and collected a total of five Top-15 finishes throughout the season. It led to a career-best points finish of 26th-place and a career-best average finish of 22.2 for the season. The move from LFR to FRM is more of a lateral move at best in terms of personnel and equipment, so the talent should be able to fetch similar results in the upcoming season. McDowell and his new No. 34 Ford team will be one of the more interesting outcomes/pairings of the new season. At the time of this writing his crew chief has still not been named, and that news could impact his potential more than any other variable.
The driver in the lower tier of the Monster Energy Cup Series that made the most gains was by far McDowell. Even though he only competed in 31 of the 36 races, he guided the Leavine Family Racing team to two Top-10 finishes, his career-best 24.5 average finish and a 30th-place effort in the driver standings. More often times than not, McDowell was finishing on the lead lap and in or near the Top 20. That's an incredible improvement over where this team had been finishing as a part-time race team in the recent past. So the move to full-time racing for the No. 95 Chevrolet team was an unquestionable success. McDowell returns to this small team in 2017 and for a full slate of races. It's expected that he'll be reunited with veteran crew chief Todd Parrott and the two will continue on what they built last season.
McDowell returns for another part-time effort for the Leavine Family Racing team in 2016. He will attempt at least 26 events with this race team. Circle Sport Racing and Leavine Family Racing merge this season to bolster equipment/sponsorship and team changes from Ford to Chevrolet.
The 28-year-old McDowell will return for his sixth season of Sprint Cup Series action in 2013. He will return to the No. 98 team that he spent all of last season with. Team owner Mike Curb merged his team over the off-season and has now become Phil Parsons Racing. McDowell’s efforts were mostly of the start-and-park variety last year, and unfortunately we don’t see that changing right away in the upcoming season. This team will need major sponsorship and funding to develop before McDowell can be a serious competitor in NASCAR’s top division.
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Leads Daytona 500 Happy Hour
NASCAR Cup
February 16, 2019
McDowell was fastest in Happy Hour practice for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway Saturday afternoon. He turned a fast lap of 191.440 mph.
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New Crew Chief
NASCAR Cup
January 14, 2019
Front Row Motorsports has bolstered its crew chief lineup for 2019. According to sources, veteran leaders Drew Blickensderfer and Mike Kelley will join Seth Barbour in overseeing FRM's three Monster Energy Cup Series squads. Blickensderfer will oversee the No. 34 Ford and driver McDowell, racinboys.com reports.
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Ninth-Place at Daytona
NASCAR Cup
February 19, 2018
McDowell started 22nd on the grid for Sunday's Great American Race. He'd see this battle all the way through to the end, bringing his No. 34 Ford home in ninth-place in the season-opening Daytona 500, teamfrm.com reports.
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Sponsor Staying with McDowell
NASCAR Cup
January 23, 2018
K-LOVE Radio will join 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, Front Row Motorsports PR reports.
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Gets New Crew Chief
NASCAR Cup
January 22, 2018
Derrick Finley will serve as the crew chief for Michael McDowell during the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Bob Pockrass of ESPN.com reports.
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