McDowell Captures Eighth SIM Factory Pole of the Season at Chicagoland Speedway

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ARCA RE/MAX Series rookie driver Michael McDowell captured the SIM Factory Pole Award Friday afternoon at Chicagoland Speedway for Saturday's Chicagoland ARCA 200 with a qualifying speed of 176.817 mph. So far this season, McDowell leads the ARCA RE/MAX series in SIM Factory Pole Awards with eight.

Earlier in the afternoon, the Phoenix, Ariz., native posted the quickest time during a practice session at the 1.5-mile D-shaped oval in preparation for the Chicagoland ARCA 200. McDowell's 30.677-second lap (176.028 mph) was good enough for first on the speed charts.

"This is a really good car and we've had a lot of success with it in the past," said McDowell. "Last year I spun here in qualifying and I barely made the race, so to be able to come back here one year later, sit on the pole and have a chance at the championship is pretty rewarding."

Jeremy Clements, driver of the No. 31-Stop Convenience-Spartan Constructors Chevrolet, will start next to McDowell in the second starting position after posting a qualifying speed of 175.576 mph, while Brett Hudson (who posted a qualifying speed of 175.501 mph) secured the third spot.

With only four races remaining in the 2007 season, McDowell (driver of the No. 2 Z-Line Design-Make-A-Wish-Beck Dodge) continues to chase Frank Kimmel in the National Championship Point Standings, trailing him by 185 points heading into this weekend.

The Chicagoland ARCA 200 ARCA RE/MAX Series race is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. tomorrow, Sept. 8.

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