Apr 05 2008

Michael McDowell Crash at Texas Motor Speedway

Sorry I haven’t posted much this year, I hate to give an opinion on something I didn’t get to see, but this is one hell of a crash. During qualifying today at Texas Motor Speedway, Michael McDowell hit the wall HARD and walked away from it, this one looked a LOT harder than Dale Earnhardt’s, I have no idea if it really was or not, but just looking at the video, it sure looks like it.

This delayed qualifying for almost an hour and a half, as they made repairs to the steel barrier. Michael made an impressive start last week, running up front near the end of the race, and now has probably the hardest looking hit in Nascar history, probably not how he wanted to start, but I bet it helped him gain a few fans.

Here’s what Michael had to say about it:

“I came off of [Turn 4] on that last lap and it just felt a little bit off,” McDowell said. “I went down into [Turn] 1 and I don’t know if it was the oil dry or something happened, but it was real unfortunate for those guys. I hate to make a lot of work for the guys back in the shop.

“That’s one of the worst wrecks I’ve seen, for sure, in a while and I’m not excited I had to participate in it.”

Seeing the accident on television replay, McDowell himself seemed awed and impressed by his escape — and used the word “mad” to describe his emotions while the crash was unfolding.

“I told the guys, ‘Man, this thing feels really tight. I’m going to run another lap,’” he said. “Then I got down in there and it just started to pull right on me. I tried to gather it up and as soon as I turned back to the right, the front tires hooked up and it started rolling down from there. I didn’t lose consciousness, so I felt every roll down the hill.

“I thank the guys back in the shop. They make these cars extremely safe. They spend the extra time padding everything. For me to walk away from that wreck, right there, is unbelievable.” Source: McDowell OK after near head-on crash in qualifying

Here is how they qualified:

1 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet National Guard / AMP Energy 190.907 28.286 Leader
2 99 Carl Edwards Ford Aflac 189.487 28.498 -0.212
3 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Interstate Batteries 189.069 28.561 -0.275
4 12 Ryan Newman Dodge Samsung HDTV / ALLTEL 189.042 28.565 -0.279
5 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s 188.772 28.606 -0.320
6 44 David Reutimann Toyota UPS 188.732 28.612 -0.326
7 6 David Ragan Ford AAA Insurance 188.534 28.642 -0.356
8 17 Matt Kenseth Ford DEWALT 188.475 28.651 -0.365
9 84 Mike Skinner Toyota Red Bull 188.390 28.664 -0.378
10 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Budweiser 188.245 28.686 -0.400
11 42 Juan Montoya Dodge Texaco / Havoline 188.160 28.699 -0.413
12 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 188.140 28.702 -0.416
13 66 Scott Riggs Chevrolet State Water Heaters 188.009 28.722 -0.436
14 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Ground 187.990 28.725 -0.439
15 7 Robby Gordon Dodge Jim Beam 187.931 28.734 -0.448
16 16 Greg Biffle Ford DISH Network 187.865 28.744 -0.458
17 77 Sam Hornish Jr.* Dodge Mobil 1 187.741 28.763 -0.477
18 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 187.611 28.783 -0.497
19 15 Paul Menard Chevrolet Quaker State / Menards 187.598 28.785 -0.499
20 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA AUTO PARTS 187.591 28.786 -0.500
21 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 187.493 28.801 -0.515
22 5 Casey Mears Chevrolet Cheez-It / CARQUEST 187.474 28.804 -0.518
23 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 187.311 28.829 -0.543
24 20 Tony Stewart Toyota The Home Depot 187.195 28.847 -0.561
25 07 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Jack Daniel’s 187.156 28.853 -0.567
26 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Best Buy / Garmin 187.007 28.876 -0.590
27 10 Patrick Carpentier* Dodge Valvoline 186.981 28.880 -0.594
28 21 Bill Elliott Ford Motorcraft 186.974 28.881 -0.595
29 22 Dave Blaney Toyota Caterpillar 186.948 28.885 -0.599
30 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge Cheerios Racing / Sam’s Club 186.935 28.887 -0.601
31 8 Mark Martin Chevrolet U.S. Army 186.793 28.909 -0.623
32 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Crown Royal Cask No. 16 186.645 28.932 -0.646
33 96 J.J. Yeley Toyota DLP HDTV 186.220 28.998 -0.712
34 01 Regan Smith* Chevrolet DEI / Principal Financial Group 186.046 29.025 -0.739
35 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Prilosec OTC 185.995 29.033 -0.747
36 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 185.752 29.071 -0.785
37 34 John Andretti Chevrolet Front Row Motorsports 185.669 29.084 -0.798
38 28 Travis Kvapil Ford Yates Racing 185.631 29.090 -0.804
39 70 Jeremy Mayfield Chevrolet Haas Automation 185.350 29.134 -0.848
40 00 Michael McDowell+* Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 182.933 29.519 -1.233
41 38 David Gilliland+ Ford Yates Racing – - -
42 41 Reed Sorenson+ Dodge Target – - -
43 78 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet Furniture Row
/ DenverMattress.com 185.191 29.159 -0.873

Did Not Qualify
44 40 Dario Franchitti* Dodge Kennametal 185.122 29.170 -0.884
45 45 Chad McCumbee Dodge Marathon American Spirit Motor Oil 183.736 29.390 -1.104
46 08 Burney Lamar Dodge rhino’s energy drink 181.996 29.671 -1.385

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