McDowell lands second straight top 10, Gilliland finishes 27th


Team No. 34 Love’s Travel Stops/Speedco Ford Mustang and Michael McDowell started Sunday’s race 21st. McDowell, a master speedway racer, knew he might have to race in the back until the final laps to make his move.

Stages one and two did not go as planned for the team, with a long green flag run in stage one leading to a series of pit stops. A slow pit stop resulted in the team being one of three cars suspended from the draft and losing a lap. With several warnings leading up to the end of the second leg, McDowell was back in the lead lap.

Throughout the race the team worked on the car’s handling and McDowell stayed out of harm’s way. Staying back until three laps from the finish, McDowell made an impressive charge forward on the final lap. McDowell raced to eighth place, his second straight top 10 finish.


I thought with three to go, something was going to happen. I repositioned myself and built a race. We managed to sneak past on the last lap. It’s so hard to pass today. It’s just a different style of racing, even more so here than at Daytona with this Next Gen car. I’m proud of everyone and walking out of here with a Top 10 is a great day.

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