Michael McDowell edges Brendan Gaughan in NXS at Road America

Michael McDowellfelt like he had unfinished business at Street us and in the XFINITY Collection.

He took care of it Saturday, winning the street The use one hundred eighty on the difficult 4-mile, 14-flip Avenue direction.

“It is big. I am so thankful and so blessed,” McDowell stated.

McDowell becomes the only NASCAR Dash Cup Collection driver doing double duty this weekend, using in the XFINITY Collection race as well as in Sunday’s Cup race at Michigan Global Speedway.

Avenue America, positioned in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, is 372 miles away from MIS in Brooklyn, Michigan — so it wasn’t an easy go back and forth while it got here to balancing each race for McDowell.

“I have got to thank all my men again at Michigan, too, and at Levine Circle of relatives Racing (which fields his Cup vehicle),” McDowell said. “They understand how awful I wanted this victory at Road us, and I’m so thankful to get it.”

using for Richard Childress Racing, he outdueled fellow RCR driving force Brendan Gaughan on the end to say an emotional victory.

Gaughan finished 2nd, with Brennan Poole, Daniel Suarez, and Ryan Reed rounding out the pinnacle five.NXS: Michael McDowell Wins First Career Race - Road America 2016

“We simply needed to deliver it all we had, and it came right down to the cease,” Gaughan said. “Our Southpoint Chevy became first-rate all day and Michael McDowell in his Richard Childress Racing Chevy become extraordinary, too.”


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McDowell, who is considered a satisfactory Road-direction driver, had now not raced inside the XFINITY Collection in  years. It becomes his first Collection win in 94 career starts of evolved.

It additionally turned into McDowell’s first victory in his 297th career start throughout NASCAR’s pinnacle three countrywide traveling Series.

Moreover, he had come tantalizingly close to triumphing at Avenue us previously, only to return up quick. He started out from the pole on the song in 2011, however, finished twelfth. And in 2012, he commenced 2d and completed 2d.

This time, he finished the activity, despite the fact that Gaughan made a run at him on more recent tires on the quit.

“We without a doubt had speed, but he had the most modern tires and he turned into obviously rapid,” McDowell stated. “He raced me difficult. He did a fantastic job. however, he had a possibility to get to my bumper there. I drove it in as hard as I ought to (at the very last flip) to attempt to prevent him from getting there.

“I’m so thankful to get to Victory Lane. And now I can not wait to get to Michigan.”