Michael McDowell and his No. 34 Navage Nasal Care Ford Mustang team head to Dover (DE.) for the Cup Series’ one and only visit to the high banked one-mile oval.
McDowell, who is riding a wave of momentum, has inked two consecutive top-10 finishes in the last two races, at Bristol (Dirt) and Talladega. This weekend is sure to be exciting when the drivers and teams take to the high banked, bumpy, concrete speedway.
“It’s been nice this last couple weeks to have some solid finishes. This season has been pretty up and down for us, so far. We kicked off the year at Daytona with a decent run and had a fast car at California and Vegas, but kind of struggled the last few weeks at the short tracks with Richmond and Phoenix and Martinsville, so it’s nice to get some momentum and get things rolling in the right direction. Dover is a really fun racetrack, really intimidating.” Say McDowell.
“I think we’re all a bit nervous with this Next Gen car, not nervous with what’s gonna happen with it, but more of just how they’re gonna drive because it’s such a fast racetrack, a lot of loading, so it’s gonna be a challenge the first couple of laps when you unload there to see what you have. The bigger tire will have a bit more grip, a little bit different aero package obviously with downforce levels and horsepower, but I think it will actually be pretty close at Dover as far as lap times, within three or four tenths of where we were last year. I don’t think it’ll be a huge difference there.”
McDowell and the No. 34 Navage Nasal Care Ford Mustang team will race this Sunday, May 1st, at 3 p.m. ET on FS1.