Michael McDowell Bio

Michael McDowell

DATE OF BIRTH: DEC 21, 1984
ROOKIE YEAR: 2008
HOMETOWN: PHOENIX, AZ
Michael McDowell competes in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series for Leavine Family Racing. McDowell has four career top-10 finishes in 213 starts. He has also made starts in the Camping World Truck Series and the XFINITY Series, where McDowell earned his first career win in 2016 at Road America.

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Statistics

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Year Age Races Win T5 T10 Pole Laps Led Earnings Rank AvSt AvFn RAF LLF DNQ WD
2008 23 20 of 36 0 0 0 0 5419 3 1,757,650 40 32.4 30.2 18 8 1 0
2009 24 8 of 36 0 0 0 0 375 0 593,229 52 38.1 40.8 0 0 3 0
2010 25 24 of 36 0 0 0 0 1503 8 1,993,075 45 31.6 40.7 1 0 8 0
2011 26 32 of 36 0 0 0 0 1936 5 2,484,612 36 33.8 39.8 3 1 2 0
2012 27 30 of 36 0 0 0 0 3001 1 2,465,274 37 29.1 37.8 5 0 3 0
2013 28 33 of 36 0 0 1 0 3515 3 2,589,218 37 33.2 37.7 7 2 0 1
2014 29 19 of 36 0 0 1 0 5122 1 1,708,139 37 27.5 30.6 14 4 3 0
2015 30 16 of 36 0 0 0 0 4541 0 1,672,860 39 29.3 30.7 15 2 4 0
2016 31 31 of 36 0 0 2 0 8965 0 0 30 28.8 24.5 29 11 0 0
2017 32 36 of 36 0 1 1 0 10446 10 0 26 23.9 22.2 34 12 0 0
10 years 249 0 1 5 0 44823 31 15,264,057 30.1 32.9 126 40 24 1

NASCAR Xfinity Series Statistics

NASCAR Xfinity Series
Year Age Races Win T5 T10 Pole Laps Led Earnings Rank AvSt AvFn RAF LLF DNQ WD
2007 22 3 of 35 0 0 0 0 577 0 57,730 94 23.3 22.0 2 1 0 0
2008 23 2 of 35 0 0 0 0 122 0 71,801 112 24.0 34.5 1 0 0 0
2009 24 34 of 35 0 0 5 0 5739 8 993,388 13 23.4 20.8 27 14 1 0
2010 25 33 of 35 0 0 1 0 5236 0 754,187 21 27.7 26.4 25 8 2 0
2011 26 5 of 34 0 1 4 1 835 66 196,337 5.2 8.2 5 5 0 0
2012 27 6 of 33 0 2 5 0 762 4 267,645 8.7 10.7 5 5 0 0
2013 28 7 of 33 0 1 1 1 425 8 142,430 21.7 30.6 3 1 2 1
2014 29 3 of 33 0 1 3 0 700 4 140,202 5.3 5.7 3 3 0 0
2016 31 1 of 33 1 1 1 0 48 24 0 2.0 1.0 1 1 0 0
9 years 94 1 6 20 2 14444 114 2,623,720 22.1 21.8 72 38 5 1

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Statistics

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Year Age Races Win T5 T10 Pole Laps Led Earnings Rank AvSt AvFn RAF LLF DNQ WD
2007 22 1 of 25 0 0 0 0 181 0 6,475 117 29.0 30.0 0 0 0 0
2009 24 1 of 25 0 0 0 0 200 0 8,905 111 18.0 14.0 1 1 0 0
2 years 2 0 0 0 0 381 0 15,380 23.5 22.0 1 1 0 0

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Kasey Kahne Bio

Kasey Kahne

DATE OF BIRTH: APR 10, 1980 
ROOKIE YEAR:2004
HOMETOWN: Enumclaw, WA
Kasey Kahne competes full-time for Leavine Family Racing in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and makes limited starts in the XFINITY Series for JR Motorsports. Kahne earned Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors in 2004 and has 18 career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series wins. Kahne also has eight career XFINITY Series wins and five career wins in the Camping World Truck Series.

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Statistics

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Year Age Races Win T5 T10 Pole Laps Led Earnings Rank AvSt AvFn RAF LLF DNQ WD
2004 24 36 of 36 0 13 14 4 9419 692 5,415,611 13 13.6 16.7 29 22 0 0
2005 25 36 of 36 1 5 8 2 9522 430 5,183,697 23 14.8 21.9 27 18 0 0
2006 26 36 of 36 6 12 19 6 10044 744 7,721,378 8 12.8 15.5 30 26 0 0
2007 27 36 of 36 0 1 8 2 10003 374 5,750,131 19 14.3 22.2 30 18 0 0
2008 28 36 of 36 2 4 14 2 10227 186 7,030,099 14 16.1 18.1 32 21 0 0
2009 29 36 of 36 2 7 14 0 10180 248 7,005,551 10 11.8 15.3 34 27 0 0
2010 30 36 of 36 0 7 10 4 10309 350 5,651,939 20 13.5 18.9 32 21 0 0
2011 31 36 of 36 1 8 15 2 9826 340 5,399,241 14 11.3 15.6 32 25 0 0
2012 32 36 of 36 2 12 19 4 9919 282 6,332,313 4 8.8 13.1 32 24 0 0
2013 33 36 of 36 2 11 14 0 10158 677 5,961,531 12 11.6 16.2 33 24 0 0
2014 34 36 of 36 1 3 11 0 10275 218 5,122,846 15 17.2 17.6 31 23 0 0
2015 35 36 of 36 0 3 10 1 9896 66 4,863,754 18 14.9 18.1 33 22 0 0
2016 36 36 of 36 0 3 13 0 10355 0 0 17 16.9 15.6 34 26 0 0
2017 37 36 of 36 1 3 6 0 10068 41 0 15 17.9 19.4 29 20 0 0
14 years 504 18 92 175 27 140201 4648 71,438,091 14.0 17.4 438 317 0 0

NASCAR Xfinity Series Statistics

NASCAR Xfinity Series
Year Age Races Win T5 T10 Pole Laps Led Earnings Rank AvSt AvFn RAF LLF DNQ WD
2002 22 20 of 34 0 0 1 0 3469 0 276,035 33 26.0 22.9 17 4 1 0
2003 23 34 of 34 1 4 14 1 6328 47 1,073,665 7 10.4 15.1 30 20 0 0
2004 24 30 of 34 0 9 14 2 5424 320 910,661 11 8.0 14.7 24 19 0 0
2005 25 22 of 35 2 6 6 3 3631 245 561,474 21 10.9 18.2 19 12 0 0
2006 26 17 of 35 2 4 6 0 2977 244 593,892 31 13.0 17.9 13 9 0 0
2007 27 18 of 35 2 2 7 0 3292 86 696,958 27 14.8 15.7 16 11 0 0
2008 28 10 of 35 0 1 5 1 1838 29 288,833 41 11.8 13.1 9 8 0 0
2009 29 5 of 35 0 1 2 0 637 2 107,590 71 10.8 18.2 3 2 0 0
2010 30 8 of 35 0 1 2 1 1154 72 198,521 55 11.5 24.0 4 2 0 0
2011 31 12 of 34 0 5 6 0 2259 67 285,781 12.7 12.4 10 8 0 0
2012 32 15 of 33 0 3 9 1 2782 106 352,753 7.3 12.0 14 12 0 0
2013 33 11 of 33 0 3 7 0 1812 60 289,877 10.5 11.2 11 8 0 0
2014 34 3 of 33 1 2 2 0 414 4 139,852 16.3 9.0 2 2 0 0
2015 35 7 of 33 0 3 4 0 1202 35 214,970 12.1 11.3 6 6 0 0
2016 36 1 of 33 0 1 1 0 120 30 0 15.0 3.0 1 1 0 0
2017 37 2 of 33 0 1 1 0 236 31 0 5.5 8.5 2 1 0 0
16 years 215 8 46 87 9 37575 1378 5,990,862 12.3 15.8 181 125 1 0

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Statistics

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Year Age Races Win T5 T10 Pole Laps Led Earnings Rank AvSt AvFn RAF LLF DNQ WD
2004 24 2 of 25 2 2 2 0 284 149 91,113 47 8.5 1.0 2 2 0 0
2010 30 1 of 25 0 1 1 0 55 17 34,115 77 2.0 2.0 1 1 0 0
2011 31 1 of 25 1 1 1 0 147 95 39,831 2.0 1.0 1 1 0 0
2012 32 1 of 22 1 1 1 0 200 46 29,000 5.0 1.0 1 1 0 0
2015 35 1 of 23 1 1 1 1 139 21 48,454 1.0 1.0 1 1 0 0
5 years 6 5 6 6 1 825 328 242,513 4.5 1.2 6 6 0 0

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Michael McDowell Earns A Top 25 Finish At Homestead

Michael McDowell and Paul Menard
Michael McDowell and Leavine Family Racing (LFR) finished 24th in their final Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

 The team had a phenomenal start to the weekend, finishing first and second practice eighth and 13th, respectively. McDowell finished the first round of qualifying 11th fasteston Friday, but had a slight mishap in the second round, securing a 23rd place starting spot for Sunday’s season finale race.

 At the start of the Ford EcoBoost 400, the field only made it to the sixth lap under green flag before the first caution came out for a blown engine. McDowell reported that the handling of his No. 95 Rohto® Jolt™ Chevrolet SS felt fine, but that he did not want to burn up his tires too quickly, as the fall-off at Homestead is significant. McDowell pitted for a new set during the first caution, while the majority of the leaders did not.

 McDowell made his first green flag pit stop on lap 40 and controlled the Lucky Dog position for a time. He then reported his No. 95 Rohto® Jolt™ Chevy was extremely tight handling but was able to finish the stage in 21st.

 Within the first 10 laps of the second stage, McDowell reported a very tight handling car and went down a second lap on lap 114. He made his second green flag pit stop on lap 132, before a caution came out just under 10 laps later, allowing McDowell to take the wave around and gain one lap back. He went on to finish the second stage in 22nd.

 McDowell pitted for tires and adjustments during the caution and was able to gain a spot on pit road to start the final stage in 21st and in position to race for the Lucky Dog spot. On lap 186, McDowell reported that he felt like one of his tires was beginning to go down. He made it just seven laps before the right front tire went completely flat, forcing the team to make an unscheduled green flag pit stop, which put them down a third lap.

 In an effort to not lose any more spots, Crew Chief, Jon Leonard told McDowell to save fuel, as they could make it until the end of the race without pitting. The rest of the field began their green flag pit stops, allowing McDowell to gain one lap back. As the fifth caution of the day came out on lap 229, the team was able to take the wave around to put McDowell down only one lap.

 McDowell restarted in 22nd as the field went green with 34 laps remaining. While he made it back up to 20th, McDowell ultimately ran out of fuel on the last lap, crossing the start / finish line in 24th.

 “Not the day we wanted,” said McDowell. “We went a few laps down there and got off sequence with strategy there. Cautions didn’t fall our way either. We struggled today just being tight, and we just lost the balance a little bit. We did all we could and got a Top-25 finish again. I’m looking forward to next year!”

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Michael McDowell Looks To Charge Into Homestead

Michael McDowell
Michael McDowell and Leavine Family Racing (LFR) will return to Homestead-Miami Speedway where they earned one of their best-ever finishes together.

 This year alone, McDowell and LFR have recorded 15 Top-20 finishes, and one Top-5 finish, as they are on the cusp of completing both of their best seasons in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS).

 With the finale of the team’s best MENCS season approaching, LFR and McDowell are looking to charge into Homestead and have a repeat of last year’s final race.

 During the 2016 MENCS finale, McDowell and LFR qualified 26th but were able to match their best effort of the season. The team was able to quickly make up multiple spots and maintain position for the majority of the race to earn a 10th place finish at Homestead.

 “This will be a bittersweet race weekend for a lot of reasons – probably more so this year than ever,” said McDowell. “Last year we finished Homestead so strong as a team with my first Top-10 there. It was a big weekend for us, and it was so cool to go into the off-season with our best result and that momentum. This is the last race, and we want to finish strong. It will be a special race for us.”

 The 2017 MENCS season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway will take place on Sunday, November 19 at 3:00pm EST.

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Michael McDowell Records Best Ever Finish At Phoenix

Michael McDowell and Paul Menard
Michael McDowell and Leavine Family Racing (LFR) earned a hard-fought 22nd place finish at McDowell’s home track of Phoenix Raceway.

The team struggled early in the weekend, as they had difficulty finding grip and qualified 28th. Although they were not satisfied with Friday’s results, Saturday brought some gains for the team, as they prepared the No. 95 Rohto® Jolt™ Chevrolet SS for the race on Sunday.

McDowell started the Can-Am 500 with a free-handling Rohto® Jolt™ Chevy. The balance began to tighten at the end of the stage, and McDowell was able to move up to 24th where he would finish the first stage. He reported that he felt the team made major gains from where they started the weekend.

McDowell began the second stage one lap down, as the leaders caught him at the end of the first stage. He took the green flag in 23rd and was racing for the Lucky Dog spot. As the caution flag came out with one lap remaining in the stage, McDowell had fallen back to 26th and another lap down, as he reported his brakes had already started to fade. 

The team took the wave around during the caution, which turned into the stage ending break, putting them down one lap to start the final stage in 23rd.

McDowell made his first green flag stop of the day on lap 173 for right side tires only. He then raced until the team’s next fuel window on lap 221. As another caution came out just a few laps later, spotter, Doug Campbell, reminded McDowell to save fuel during the cautions in the likelihood of an overtime race.

McDowell made another tires-only pit stop during the next caution on lap 240, putting him a third lap down and in 29th. Less than ten laps after the restart, yet another caution flag fell red-flagging the field. McDowell had made it back to the 23rd position in under eight laps.

The team continued to stay out of trouble during multiple cautions, pitting for tires, as they played a key role in the 312-mile race. Though McDowell felt that one set of tires may have been defective, he was able to pit for tires one final time after a caution came out on lap 264 and quickly improved. During the final laps of the Can-Am 500, McDowell began racing the best he had all day and went on to finish 22nd, his best at his home track.

“Not quite the day we hoped for,” said McDowell. “We ended up having a great car at the end of the race. Unfortunately about half way through the race we got a little off-sequence. We tried to wave around, but it didn’t work out so we put ourselves a few laps down. The cautions never really fell our way. Everyone fought hard and we were able to salvage a 22nd place finish. I’m really proud of my guys — everyone did a good job, and we had a fast car there at the end.”

Next week, the team will return to Homestead-Miami Speedway for the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season finale where McDowell earned a 10th place finish last year.

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Michael McDowell Earns Best Finish At Texas

Michael McDowell
Michael McDowell earned his best finish at Leavine Family Racing’s (LFR) home track of Texas Motor Speedway.

 McDowell and the team were confident heading into the AAA Texas 500 weekend, as they qualified 13th at the 1.5-mile track back in April. McDowell made it to the second round of qualifying this time around, and earned the team a 23rd place starting position for Sunday’s race. Though he finished final practice 24th fastest, there was optimism in the gains they made throughout the entire weekend.

 As the AAA Texas 500 began, McDowell quickly moved up into the Top-20 but reported a tight-handling No. 95 Rohto® Jolt™ Chevrolet. With under 60 laps in the first stage, he was able to find more grip in the car. McDowell led four laps in the stage as the green flag pit stops cycled through. He pitted for right side tires and fuel on lap 60, and went on to finish the stage in 23rd.

 The team debated pitting under caution, but decided to wait and make one stop during the second stage in order to make it to the end of the segment. Fortunately, a caution came out just after the start of the stage, allowing McDowell to pit for four tires under caution. He restarted 19th before making his final green flag stop of the second stage on lap 153 for right side tires.

 McDowell finished the second stage in 23rd and planned on taking the wave around, as he had gone down a lap during the stage. He was then forced to pit, as one of the lead lap cars decided not to pit, eliminating the wave around option. McDowell began the final stage 25th and still one lap down.

 McDowell made it to lap 234 until he lost control of his No. 95 Rohto® Jolt™ Chevy and spun. Though he made no contact and was able to pit for fresh tires, he lost one lap in the process. He restarted 28th and two laps down.

 McDowell made it up to 22nd where he was the first car two laps down. He was able to take the wave around during the seventh caution of the race, putting him only one lap down. He raced into the Lucky Dog spot for a time, but did not get a caution when he needed it.

 The final caution fell with just over 50 laps remaining, and red flagged the field for cleanup. As the yellow flag fell, McDowell made his final pit stop for four tires. Although McDowell was running Top-12 lap times during the final 25 laps, he ran out of time and crossed the start / finish line in 21st, earning his best finish at Texas.

 “That was a hard-fought race,” said McDowell. “The last few weeks have not come easy for everyone at LFR. We still managed to get a solid finish. We had a spin there – I’m not sure if I got into some oil or the right rear went flat, but we were lucky to not hit anything. We lost a couple laps there to try and manage the damage, but everyone did a great job and fought back. We almost got to the lucky dog spot, but a caution just didn’t fall when we needed it to.”

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Leavine Family Racing Will Have “A Home Game” This Weekend

Michael McDowell & Matt Kenseth
Leavine Family Racing (LFR) and Michael McDowell will celebrate their homecoming at Texas Motor Speedway for the AAA Texas 500.

During the team’s last trip to Texas in April of this year, they just missed the final round of qualifying for the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 and captured a 13th place starting position. McDowell’s best finish at Texas in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) is a 23rd place finish earned in 2016. He matched that finish in the most recent Texas race in April of this year.

This week, McDowell will once again pilot the No. 95 Rohto® Jolt™ Chevrolet SS, as he looks to improve on his finish from earlier this year.

“It feels like it has been so long since we have been to Texas, but we were super fast there earlier this year,” said McDowell. “We almost made it to the third round of qualifying and had a really strong car. We just missed it a little in the race, but it was still a really solid race for us. We are really looking forward to this race just because of how quick we were last time.”

McDowell is looking forward to racing at Texas, where he has had success, but knows this trip to the Lone Star state will be an emotional one.

“It’s also a hometown race for Bob, Sharon and everyone at WRL, so I always feel a little extra pressure,” continued McDowell. “It’s going to be a special weekend for me since I won’t be back with this team next year. I’m looking forward to seeing all our friends and family and enjoying my time with everyone.”

The AAA Texas 500 will take place on Sunday, November 5 at 2PM ET. Race fans can tune-in to NBCSN for live coverage and follow @LFR95 on Twitter for team updates.

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Michael McDowell Logs His 15th Top Twenty Finish For 2017

Michael McDowell
Leavine Family Racing (LFR) and Michael McDowell earned their 15th Top-20 of the season as they rallied back from early race trouble at Martinsville Speedway.

 The team had a fast No. 95 Rohto® Jolt™ Chevrolet SS all weekend, as they were 14th fastest in first practice and were 5th fastest in the first round of qualifying. McDowell went on to earn a 20th place starting position in the second round of qualifying for the First Data 500.

 McDowell started his run off strong before he and another driver made contact to bring out a caution. He acquired right front damage along with a flat right front tire. As McDowell pitted to fix the damage, the team raced against the five-minute damage repair clock that could have proven detrimental if the clock were to expire before the team finished repairs.

 Fortunately, the team fixed the damage in the allotted time, but went down a lap down in the process. McDowell would also be forced to restart from the rear of the field due to a speeding penalty on pit road.

 Although the damage caused McDowell to go down a lap, he earned the Lucky Dog spot when a caution came on out lap 88. He was then able to finish the stage in 23rd as his brakes began to fade.

 McDowell then fought a loose-handling car during the second stage, but was able to finish the stage in 26th before pitting under caution. He began the final stage in the same position and raced until a caution came out on lap 302. McDowell then reported he was beginning to feel his brakes fade on his No. 95 Rohto® Jolt™ Chevy even more, but stayed out under caution.

 Soon after the restart, another caution flag quickly fell, allowing McDowell to pit for tires and adjustments. He restarted 21st and raced until lap 360 before reporting continuous brake issues and lack of overall drive off. He pitted two laps later for four tires and minor adjustments.

 With just over 100 laps remaining, McDowell reported that he felt like his sway bar broke, but was able to maintain position. The team later determined it was a sway bar link and arm that broke.

 McDowell made his final pit stop under caution with 10 laps remaining and avoided another late caution to finish 19th, earning LFR’s 15th Top-20 finish of the season.

 “It was a hard fought day for us, that’s for sure,” said McDowell. “We were hoping for a little more, but we had to overcome a lot. We got some damage really early on, got a penalty, and had to gain a lap back. Not a bad finish for us overall and another Top-20 for the team.”

 Next up for McDowell and LFR is Texas Motor Speedway, the home track of LFR team owners and partners.

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McDowell Returns To The Site Of His First Cup Race

Michael McDowell
Leavine Family Racing (LFR) and Michael McDowell are looking forward to returning to Martinsville Speedway, the site of McDowell’s first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) start.

 After earning their 14th Top-20 finish of the 2017 MENCS season in Kansas and solidifying their already exceptional season together, McDowell and LFR look to continue that momentum this week with the same mindset.

 This week, McDowell will return to Martinsville Speedway, the track at which he began his Cup career in 2008 with Michael Waltrip Racing. His best finish at the half-mile track came in 2016 with an 18th place finish.

 Not only is Martinsville the site of McDowell’s first start in NASCAR’s premier series, but it is also one of his favorite tracks on the MENCS schedule.

 “Martinsville is one of my favorite racetracks – I love it!” Said McDowell. “I mean it’s just so cool. It’s tight, it’s hard to pass, and everyone is beating and banging. I like those places where if you hit someone or you hit the wall, it’s not ending your day and you’re not losing a bunch of speed like tracks where aerodynamics are so important.

 It’s been a really good track to me in the past, and some of my best runs have come at Martinsville. We did struggle at the race back in April, so we are going into this weekend with kind of a different mentality to hopefully make some gains.”

 The First Data 500 will take place on Sunday, October 29 at 3PM ET at Martinsville Speedway, where McDowell will pilot the No. 95 Jolt Chevrolet SS. Live coverage will be on NBCSN, and race fans can follow @LFR95 on Twitter for race updates.

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Leavine Family Racing Announces A New Crew Chief For 2018

Michael McDowell
Leavine Family Racing (LFR) has announced that Travis Mack will assume Crew Chief duties for the No. 95 with driver Kasey Kahne in the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) season.

Mack, who is the car chief for Dale Earnhardt Jr. and the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports team, has worked as a car chief since 2013 and served as interim Crew Chief for the No. 88 team for one race at Richmond Raceway in 2017.

A Louisville, Kentucky, native, Mack was no stranger to motor sports growing up, as he raced at local tracks at a young age and built his first street stock race car at the age of 15. While going to school to become a surgeon, Mack began working on an ARCA team and quickly moved to the role of car chief. He went on to win three championships before deciding to pack up and move to Charlotte to work for Hendrick Motorsports in 2004.

Before becoming a car chief, Mack worked with the likes of Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson as a shock specialist and front end mechanic. In 2013, he moved to Hendrick Motorsports affiliate JR Motorsports, where he served as car chief for drivers Regan Smith and Chase Elliott in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Mack earned an Xfinity Series championship in 2014 as a member of Elliott’s team. He joined Earnhardt’s No. 88 team as car chief in 2015.

LFR is excited to bring Mack on board and believes he will fit in well with the team’s never-quit mentality and bring value to them in 2018 and years to come.

“As crew chief, Travis brings leadership and a solid experience to Leavine Family Racing,” said Jeremy Lange, VP and General Manager of LFR. “His passion for racing and desire to win will fit well in our organization and, collectively, we all are looking forward to 2018 and beyond.”

Mack, 34, will remain as the car chief for the No. 88 for the remainder of the 2017 MENCS season, and will join LFR prior to the start of next season.

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