Race Preview: Charlotte Motor Speedway
May 20, 2014
Event: Coca-Cola 600
Date: Sunday, May 25, 2014
Venue: Charlotte Motor Speedway
Leavine Family Racing's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series History at Charlotte Motor Speedway ... Team owner Bob Leavine has five starts at the Concord, N.C., facility between three drivers. The Concord, N.C.-based organization finished 43rd a year ago in the Coca-Cola 600.
LFR's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series History ... Since entering the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2011, the Concord, N.C.-based organization has logged 45 starts, which includes one top-10 finish, an average starting position of 32.9, and an average finishing position of 36.5.
Follow Leavine Family Racing on Social Media ... To keep up-to-date with the latest news, information and exclusive content, visit Leavine Family Racing's Twitter page - @LeavineFamily95 and Facebook page – Facebook.com/LeavineFamilyRacing. Also, follow Michael McDowell on his personal Twitter page - @Mc_Driver, and “Like” Michael McDowell on his official Facebook page at Facebook.com/MichaelMcdowell.
Catch the Action ... The Coca-Cola 600 will be broadcast live on FOX on Sunday, May 25, starting with the pre-race show at 5:30 p.m. ET. It will also be broadcast live on the Performance Racing Network (PRN) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
Michael McDowell
No. 95 JPO Absorbents Ford Fusion

This Week's Leavine Family Racing Ford Fusion at Charlotte Motor Speedway ... Michael McDowell will pilot Chassis No. PRS-847 in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. McDowell last drove this Wally Rogers-prepared Ford Fusion to a 30th-place finish, qualifying 28th, at Texas Motor Speedway on April 7. The chassis also has history at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway finishing 43rd.
McDowell in "The Queen City" ... This weekend marks McDowell's second Charlotte Motor Speedway appearance with Leavine Family Racing; the Glendale, Ariz., driver has made nine other NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at the 1.5-mile track. McDowell first drove for Leavine Family Racing at last season’s Sprint All-Star race. He earned a career-best 31st-place finish at the track in October 2012. As well, in four NASCAR Nationwide Series starts at the track, he finished a 20th in May 2009 and 2010.
Welcome JPO Absorbents … JPO Absorbents announced Tuesday their single-event sponsorship of Leavine Family Racing. JPO Absorbents will be the primary sponsor on the No. 95 Ford Fusion for McDowell in the Coca-Cola 600. JPO Absorbents, owned and operated by CEO Jamie P. O’Brien, is committed to “saving our environment one clean up at a time” with extraordinary products that will clean up virtually any liquid, on any surface, in any industry, and at a competitive price.
Proud, Patriotic and Green ... The No. 95 Ford Fusion team will sport the red, white and blue colors this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway, with JPO Absorbents adorning the hood and quarter panels. The No. 95 JPO Absorbents Ford Fusion will don a special patriotic paint scheme for Sunday’s 600-mile event at Charlotte Motor Speedway in honor of Memorial Day.
Speedway Children’s Charities … The Charlotte Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities, Charlotte Motor Speedway and Leavine Family Racing have teamed up to put together a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity by auctioning off a unique race experience package to fans. McDowell will host Kirk and Danielle Davis.
Michael McDowell Quote:
"The Coca-Cola 600 is such a big weekend for our Leavine Family Racing team. As Memorial Day weekend is a special time in the hearts of Americans across the country as well as for race fans.
It's a very long race on a tough track - it's 600 miles. Mentally and physically, I think all of us have to prepare a little bit for the extra distance. I feel pretty good about our race package that Wally Rogers has put together. It's go time."