Michael McDowell is the new Daytona 500 champion!

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Michael McDowell is the new Daytona 500 champion!

McDowell surprised many and won the Daytona 500. This is also his first career NASCAR Cup Series victory. Last season he could not catch the rhythm and was not satisfied but now he has denied all those who thought he could not achieve success on the Daytona 500 “The last few weeks with getting ready for the 500 and all the media and all the preseason stuff, it is fun.

It is fun being the Daytona 500 champion coming to Daytona,” McDowell said, as quoted by motorsport “It has been a cool experience. “I feel like there are times in the season last year where, not like you forget, but you just get back into the grind and things aren’t going all that great and you are kind of riding that season wave." He seems happy to be back on track, especially after such successes "Then in the off-season, and getting ready for this, it was a lot of fun because everyone wants to talk about winning the Daytona 500.

“It brings back a lot of great memories”.

McDowell on gameplan

McDowell is happy with the car and seems to be able to do a lot this season “We sort of had a gameplan going into practice of trying to work with our Ford teammates and in particular with the Roush Fenway Keselowski cars,” he said.

“We wanted to get out in that group and just kind of play around with the draft and not put ourselves in a bad situation where you’re two or three-wide, but just kind of line up so it worked out well. “We were lined up four or five of the Fords and then we were catching the Toyota pack, so lap time here is very situational on where you get the draft and where you get the runs, but I feel really good about our Ford Mustang.

We had good speed and it drove pretty well”. McDowell showed how great a driver he is and how capable he is at the moment. He achieved a great victory that will be his motive for the next races