“Trying to race your way into the All-Star race is always tough, but this year more than ever. There’s a new rule package for the All-Star race that’s significantly different than anything we’ve ever had at a mile-and-a-half. Obviously, speeds are going to be slower, a lot more downforce, a lot more drag. But it’s still a big question mark. Nobody knows how it’s really going to play out. It’s going to be an exciting day and a half of figuring it all out and going racing. It’s cool for the All-Star format. It’s a good opportunity to mix things up.
“Nothing will transfer over to the Coke 600 the following week. You won’t be learning a lot. But who knows, we might wind up with this rule package somewhere else down the road. So, you definitely want to take it seriously and make sure that you maximize the opportunity. Everybody wants to be able to race for a million dollars, so there’s a lot on the line and three spots still available. You’ve got to fight hard for it.”
McDowell All-Star Open Stats
Best finish: 11th
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