McDowell Captures Another Runner-up Finish at Volusia

1February 21st, 2015 - The 44th Annual DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park (Barberville, Florida) continued on Thursday night as the World of Outlaws (WoO) Late Model Series headlined a $10,000-to-win program.

Forty-nine Super Late Models filled the pit area at the 1/2-mile oval, and a second place finish in his heat race positioned Dale starting seventh in the 50-lap finale after the redraw. During the course of the feature, McDowell ran as high as third in the running order a times before settling to a sixth place finish in the final rundown.

The DIRTcar Nationals continued on Friday night with another $10,000-to-win, WoO Late Model Series event. McDowell posted the fastest lap in his group during time trials and later charged to a heat race win to earn a spot in the redraw. Dale received the seventh starting position on the feature grid.

McDowell bolted into the top five at the drop of the green flag and has worked his way up to second by the halfway point of the 50-lap feature. McDowell took control from race-long pacesetter, Shane Clanton on lap 31. However, McDowell's momentum was erased with a lap 36 caution that bunched the field back up. Clanton took the lead again on lap 38 and pulled away in the closing laps while McDowell settled in second. Chub Frank finished third while Scott Bloomquist and Billy Moyer rounded out the top five finishers.

A successful 44th Annual DIRTcar Nationals for Team Dillon Racing came to a close on Saturday night. Forty-five entries were on hand for the $10,000-to-win finale. McDowell started the night off posting the fourth fastest lap in his respective group during time trails to lock into the second starting position for the fourth heat race. Unfortunately, mechanical issues in heat race action resulted in Dale failing to reach a transfer position to the 50-lap feature. The team utilized a weekly points provisional to lock into the 26th spot on the starting grid. McDowell retired early from the finale to a 30th place finish in the final rundown.

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