Race Preview: Texas Motor Speedway
Leavine Family Racing
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 – Facebook.com/LeavineFamilyRacing. Also, follow Michael McDowell on his personal Twitter page - @Mc_Driver, and “Like” Michael McDowell on his official Facebook page at Facebook.com/MichaelMcdowell.
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.
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.”