McBlog: Pocono, Iowa and Indianapolis
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 http://KTAR.com and http://PhoenixRaceway.com . In this installment, McDowell discusses his recent trips to Pocono, Iowa and Indianapolis.
Iowa and Pocono went really well for us last weekend … especially considering the fact that I didn’t even get a chance to practice our Nationwide car because I was in Pocono making the Sprint Cup race.
Luckily, Brad Keselowski was nice enough to let me fly with him on his plane from Pocono to Iowa. I qualified the car into the race and ran in the top 15 all night long. We ended up finishing the race in the 13th – the best finish of the year for us. We finely got a finish our No. 81 K-LOVE Team deserved. Some weeks this sport makes you feel like you should fine another job, then you have a week like I did and feel like maybe I can do this. Just trying to take it one week at a time.
Prior to Iowa/Pocono, our family vacation continued into Indianapolis for its final week. We did a little bit of laundry when we got there. I also took some time out to polish the old McCoach up a little bit. I had fun with the other Motor Coach drivers in Indy – they think it’s funny that I drive my own coach, polish and wax it up. It’s not easy work and those guys do three times the work that I do.
Indianapolis was also a pretty good week. We made the Brickyard 400 in the No. 55 Prism Motorsports car. Indianapolis is such a special place. I raced there before, back in 2008 with Michael Waltrip Racing, but it still feels like the first time. There is nothing like it, not even Daytona (at least for me).
O’Reilly Park and the Nationwide race at Indy went well too. No. 81 K-LOVE car wasn’t the fastest hot rod out there, but it was good enough to bring home a top-20 … our team really needed that. Hopefully we will be able to continue racing the No. 81 all season. My guys work extremely hard and they deserve to see the end of the season.
NASCAR’s Nationwide Series race this weekend from Watkins Glen airs on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. Arizona time on ESPN. In the Sprint Cup Series, the HELUVA GOOD! SOUR CREAM DIPS AT THE GLEN runs on Sunday at 10 a.m. Arizona time, also on ESPN.
See you at the races!
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