Monday, October 15, 2007

ARCA The Toledo Speedway!

Michael McDowell the rookie driver from Phoenix was left at the altar in this year's spring ARCA race at Toledo Speedway when, with just three laps to go, a teammate spun McDowell out, and he had to stumble to the finish in seventh place. At yesterday's Hantz Group 200, the final race of the season for the ARCA RE/MAX Series, McDowell started on the pole and led the bulk of the race. But he got hemmed in by slower traffic with fewer than 30 laps remaining in the 200-lap event, and James Buescher slipped by McDowell and into the lead. A series of caution periods hindered McDowell's efforts to overtake Buescher, and when the race was restarted a final time with just three laps to go, it looked like time was against McDowell and his frustration on the half-mile oval would continue.
"It was just bad luck here before and we had it won again, but we weren't going to give this one away," McDowell said. "It is hard racing all the way at these short tracks, and it takes all you've got to get the job done." McDowell made a move and got by Buescher with two laps remaining, and then stood on the gas the rest of the way to claim his fourth win of the year. This was an exciting race and my son and I had a good time.

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