Michael McDowell put pressure on drivers during Final Practice Run

Vegas-Officially the NASCAR season is back and Front Row Motorsports Ford driver Michael McDowell has put the pressure on other drivers during his final practice run on Saturday. McDowell tore up the track with an average time of 191.440mph, which was the fastest time of the day.

McDowell can make a surprise splash in Daytona if he can somehow keep it together. Last season he led for 33 laps, but somehow could not even manage to make a top 15 appearance McDowell was top 25 in averages that he finished. Now, today he set the pace for other drivers to match, but he has to be very aggressive with making his moves. During his career, McDowell has been very passive at times and it has cost him to move out of the top 15 in a chase. In order to be in the top 10, he needs to steer clear from taking wide turns and make his turns more narrow and sharp.

Final practice times

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Michael McDowell Front Row Motorsports Ford 47.012s 9
2 Ty Dillon Germain Racing Chevrolet 47.014s 0.002s 5
3 William Byron Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 47.037s 0.025s 5
4 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 47.052s 0.040s 10
5 Daniel Hemric Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 47.140s 0.128s 3
6 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 47.276s 0.264s 4
7 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 47.279s 0.267s 14
8 Daniel Suarez Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 47.336s 0.324s 2
9 Jamie McMurray Spire Motorsports Chevrolet 47.339s 0.327s 12
10 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 47.367s 0.355s 11
11 Kurt Busch Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 47.433s 0.421s 16
12 Darrell Wallace Jr. Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet 47.573s 0.561s 5
13 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford 47.592s 0.580s 3
14 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 47.617s 0.605s 8
15 Matt Tifft Front Row Motorsports Ford 47.665s 0.653s 7
16 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 47.712s 0.700s 10
17 Tyler Reddick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 47.767s 0.755s 3
18 Ryan Preece JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 47.976s 0.964s 10
19 Parker Kligerman Gaunt Brothers Racing Toyota 48.000s 0.988s 5
20 Landon Cassill StarCom Racing Chevrolet 48.318s 1.306s 6
21 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 0