McBlog: A look back at New Hampshire
By Michael McDowell
Michael McDowell is a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and Nationwide Series driver from Glendale, Ariz. His “McBlog” appears weekly during the NASCAR season at www.KTAR.com and www.PhoenixRaceway.com . In this installment, McDowell looks back on his weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
This was a long week for me, but a fun one. I was in Boston working on some Kart Track business on Tuesday and Wednesday. Justin Marks and I are building a World Class Karting facility in Mooresville, NC. We had some fun running at F1 Outdoor near Boston. Then, on Thursday, I hung out with my old co-driver and team owner from the Rolex Sports Car Series days, Rob Finlay. I like hanging with Rob because I get the royal treatment.
I always love going to New Hampshire not just because of the nice weather, but also because of the lobster. I probably only have lobster once or twice a year and it is always while I am racing in New Hampshire.
New Hampshire is one of the races I look forward to. It races a lot like Phoenix International Raceway and those types of tracks usually fit my driving style well. I pulled double duty again this weekend which means Fridays are action-packed. Two Nationwide Series practices, one Cup practice, plus “go-or-go-home” Sprint Cup qualifying (by the way, we made the race).
It is has been a real struggle for everyone on the MacDonald Motorsports #81 team. We have had a lot of trials this season. We were really looking for a good uneventful weekend and we got just that. We qualified the car No. 11 and finished 20th. Now I know 20th isn’t great, but it is solid for our team. MacDonald Motorsports is a family-owned small team. We are working on a very limited budget and competing against the big dogs. We have to run used tires at some points of the race and we have only five full-time guys that work at the shop. Managing our expectations is hard, but it’s something we have to do to continue progressing as a team.
Next up is Daytona, this will be with the new “Car of Tomorrow” Nationwide car. The race airs Friday at 4:30 p.m., Arizona time, on ESPN.
See you at the Races!
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