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Michael McDowell: Sprint Cup Driver Grateful for NASCAR Opportunities

While covering the Sprint Cup NASCAR weekend at Martinsville Speedway I had the opportunity to meet Michael McDowell. I interviewed the driver of the No. 66 Victory Junction Toyota immediately after he had posted the fastest time in Happy Hour on Saturday. A start-and-parker for the majority of the season, McDowell's best 2011 Cup finish is 30th at Sonoma in June. However, he has made the most of the opportunity to drive several races for Joe Gibbs Racing in the Nationwide Series. In five 2011 Nationwide starts, McDowell finished no worse than 12th with a best finish of third. He led 66 laps, including 30 at Road America, where he had the dominant car and won the pole. The chance to run in top-notch equipm...

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