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Michael McDowell Finishes 30th in Leavine Family Racing Homecoming

Duck Commander 500 - Practice

Michael McDowell drove Leavine Family Racing's No. 95 Tommy Williams Drywall (TWD) Ford Fusion to a 30th-place finish in the rain-delayed NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway on Monday afternoon. For the fourth year, the No. 95 Ford Fusion sported a TWD paint scheme at the Fort Worth, Texas facility where the Glendale, Ariz., driver started 28th in the Duck Commander 500 under overcast skies. The race started under a green/yellow flag conditions for the first 10 laps, and then McDowell raced up to 23rd by Lap 50, despite battling tight-handling through the center, before the competition yellow waved. Once the race got going, he remained in the top-20 throughout the first 94 laps while making a pit stop for fuel, four tires and adjustments via a green-flag pit stop on Lap 94. A loss of track position occurred shortly after Lap 100 due to a loose wheel from the prior pit stop, resulting in another pit stop under the green flag. It cost the team a lap to the leader and positioned McDowell in the 32nd spot. Later, McDowell was able to work his way through the field from 38th position, even passing two cars at once in the corner. One hundred laps later, on Lap 220 he found himself racing for the 30th position. While making his scheduled stop on Lap 279 under green flag conditions, the Leavine Family Racing pit crew added fuel, and put on four new Goodyear tires. Afterwards, NASCAR officials informed Rogers of a pit box tire violation and enforced a "pass thru" penalty. This put McDowell another lap down to the leaders. Rogers strategized throughout the remainder of the 340-lap event to get McDowell laps back while conserving fuel in the final laps. The No. 95 team opted to pit during the last caution on Lap 334 to ensure that the hometown team could go the distance for the green-white-checkered finish. When the checkered flag waved, he had battled back to finish in 30th-place for Leavine Family Racing’s best finish of the season.

On April 26th, McDowell and the No. 95 Leavine Family Racing team will compete at the Richmond International Raceway in the Toyota Owners 400.

Start - 28 Finish - 30 Laps Led - 0 Points - 14

Michael McDowell Quote:
“We had a good No. 95 Tommy Williams Drywall Ford Fusion at Texas Motor Speedway. Our team had a few mishaps on pit road, but we succeed as a team. We will put a race together here soon as our performance is improving constantly and the results will show soon.”


Race Preview: Texas Motor Speedway


Leavine Family Racing
Race Preview
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series News and Notes

Event: Duck Commander 500
Date: Sunday, April 6, 2014
Venue: Texas Motor Speedway

Leavine Family Racing's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series history at Texas Motor Speedway ... Team owner Bob Leavine has three starts at Texas Motor Speedway including their team debut on April 9, 2011. Leavine Family Racing finished 30th at the Fort Worth, Texas facility in the November 2012 event.

LFR's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series History ... Since entering the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2011, the Concord, N.C.-based organization has logged 43 starts, with one top-10 finish, an average starting position of 33.5, and an average finishing position of 36.6.

Go Further … Ford has more NASCAR Sprint Cup Series wins at Texas Motor Speedway than any other manufacturer, with 11 Ford wins in 26 races at the track.

Follow Leavine Family Racing on Social Media ... To keep up-to-date with the latest news, information and view exclusive content, visit Leavine Family Racing's Twitter page - @LeavineFamily95 and Facebook page – Also, follow Michael McDowell on his personal Twitter page - @Mc_Driver, and “Like” Michael McDowell on his official Facebook page at

Catch the Action ... The Duck Commander 500 will be broadcast live on FOX on Sunday, April 6, beginning at 2:30 p.m. ET, starting with the pre-race show. It will also be broadcast live on the Performance Racing Network (PRN) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

Michael McDowell
No. 95 Tommy Williams Drywall (TWD) Ford Fusion

This Week's Leavine Family Racing Ford Fusion at Texas Motor Speedway ... Michael McDowell will pilot Chassis No. PRS-847 in the Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. McDowell last drove this LFR-prepared Ford Fusion to a 43rd-place finish, qualifying 35th, at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 9.

McDowell in the Lone Star State ... Although this weekend marks McDowell's first Texas Motor Speedway appearance for Leavine Family Racing, the Glendale, Ariz., driver has made nine other NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at the 1.5-mile track, earning a career-best 33rd-place finish at the track both in April 2008 and April 2012. McDowell made his career-first start in the NASCAR Nationwide Series at Texas Motor Speedway on November 3, 2007. In six NASCAR Nationwide Series starts at the track, he finished a career-best 17th place in April 2009.

Welcome Home ... Owned by Sharon and Bob Leavine, the team is headquartered in Tyler, Texas, but operated from a Concord, N.C.-based shop. Texas native Bob Leavine is also the owner of WRL General Contractors Ltd., which has been in operation for more than over 35 years and is based in Flint, Texas. Leavine's construction business sponsored David Starr's Nationwide Series team at Texas Motor Speedway as the family’s first entry into NASCAR.

Building a Relationship ... The No. 95 Ford Fusion team will sport the red, white and blue colors this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway, with the Tommy Williams Drywall Co., Inc. (TWD) logo adorning the hood and quarter panels of the car. Based in Tyler, Texas, TWD provides light gauge metal framing, thermal and sound insulation, gypsum board products, and acoustic ceilings and wall panels.

Michael McDowell Quote:
“Martinsville Speedway was a struggle for us, with no practice on Saturday as well as the brake issues we had during the race. It was one of those weekends you just have to learn from and move on.

“Now, Texas Motor Speedway is a home race for Bob and Sharon Leavine and the entire family, so there is a little added pressure. We have not posted a result that shows what we are truly capable of yet, so hopefully this will be the weekend for our performance to shine. We could use a good run and a boost of confidence right now.”


Short Track, Long Day for Leavine Family Racing

Michael McDowell Finishes 37th at Martinsville Speedway


Both pedals got a workout at Martinsville Speedway from Michael McDowell this past Sunday. The 0.526-mile track's unique shape gave the Leavine Family Racing (LFR) driver two straightaways and two very tight corners where the brakes got tested. Starting from the 32nd position, McDowell and the No. 95 Triangle Office Equipment Ford Fusion faced handling issues throughout the 500-lap event, finishing 37th due to a brake issue when the checkered flag flew at Martinsville Speedway. The early laps of the race looked promising as the No. 95 machine made its way to 27th position on Lap 10 for the first restart of the day. Shortly after, however, the Glendale, Ariz., driver reported the first of many developing issues with the breaks. The Leavine Family Racing driver fell to 37th before being called to pit road on lap 105 by crew chief Wally Rogers for wedge and tire pressure adjustments, four tires, fuel and to check the Ford Fusion for any problems. As the race continued, McDowell began to struggle with loose-handling on the entry and exit. The Triangle Office Equipment crew never gave up, making an array of adjustments to the No. 95 in hopes of remedying the issue. As the field maneuvered around the half-mile short track, long green flag runs paired with ongoing handling issues caused the team to lose laps. Some late chassis and air pressure adjustments provided some relief for McDowell which allowed him to climb to 29th by Lap 366, but ultimately he brought the red, white and blue machine to pit road on Lap 481 to resolve the brake issue. Eight laps later, as the team was unable to make the needed repairs to the No. 95 Ford, McDowell was forced to bring his car to the garage. Maintaining a top-30 running position throughout the majority of race, McDowell finished the day in the in 37th position.

Start – 32 Finish – 37 Points - 7

Michael McDowell Quote:
“All I can say is wow, what a really long day for Leavine Family Racing. We had a gear problem and consistent brake issues from about Lap 70 on. It finally broke with 20 laps to go. On to Texas Motor Speedway.”