TOLEDO OH (10-14-07) - Michael McDowell made his grand exit from the ARCA RE/MAX Series stage in grand style. The Phoenix, Arizona rookie, on his way to the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series in 2008, won the SIM Factory Pole, led the most laps and passed James Buescher with two laps to go to win the thrilling Hantz Group 200 by Belle Tire Sunday afternoon at Toledo Speedway. McDowell, in Eddie Sharp's Z Line-Make A Wish-Beck Dodge, lost the lead in lapped traffic on the 172nd circuit of the 200 lap race, and took it back just in time to earn his fourth career RE/MAX Series victory.
"I made a mistake there, got trapped down on the bottom and let James get away from me and I didn't want to end the race that way," said McDowell.
The race was definitely one to watch up front in personal. It was pretty much non-stop action today at the track, I was rooting for #42 Frank Kimmel and #60 Patrick Sheltra but they ended up coming in 5 and 8. That's not bad considering Kimmel was in 7th during line up and Sheltra was 20th. The race had it's moments especially when one of the drivers was pinned and then side stepped causing him to hit the way and not be able to finish the race. He was so upset that he waited by his car until the pace car and the rest of the racers came by him, he then approached the car that had pushed him and he threw his gloves at the car. A fun and eventful day at Toledo Speedway.