Long-Time Partner of Michael McDowell Provides New Platform for Fans & Families CONCORD, N.C. (March 24, 2015) – Through its partnership with NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Michael McDowell and Leavine Family Racing, K-LOVE Radio has launched a digital racing game featuring the No. 95 Ford. The K-LOVE RACING game is an interactive game that features live action play along...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

K-LOVE Launches Digital Racing Game

Through its partnership with NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Michael McDowell and Leavine Family Racing, K-LOVE Radio has launched a digital racing game featuring the No. 95 Ford. The K-LOVE RACING game is an interactive game that features live action play along with educational “pit stops” where players answer questions to improve their race car performance.  Correct answers...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Three-time champ Tony Stewart off to the worst start of his Sprint Cup career

There is little doubt the start of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series has not gone according to plan for three-time series champion Tony Stewart. Despite high hopes entering the season, Stewart has failed to finish higher than 30th through the first four races of the year, and has yet to finish on the lead lap. That trend continued during Sunday's CampingWorld.com 500 at Phoenix International...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

NASCAR: Tony Stewart’s Horrid Start to the 2015 Season Continues at Phoenix

Avondale, AZ- Cole Whitt, Michael McDowell, David Gilliland, Justin Allgaier, Brett Moffitt and Michael Annett. Those six names all have something in common – they’re all ahead of Tony Stewart in the NASCAR Sprint...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Solid start to 2015 season for Leavine Family Racing

Leavine Family Racing has secured two team-best finishes in the first three races of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.  The No. 95 Ford, driven by Michael McDowell, secured a 27th place finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway and a 30th place finish at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, showing progress for the team, which is only in its fifth year of existence. “Last year at this time...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Charlotte Motor Speedway ready for fan-friendly open test

NASCAR fans will have the chance to see some of the sport's biggest names take to the track Wednesday, as well as get special ticket offers and an autograph from NASCAR Hall of Famer Junior Johnson as part of "NASCAR Test Fest" at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Grandstand admission is free for fans to watch more than a dozen NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams participate in a one-day open...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Atlanta Motor Speedway Post-Race Report by Steve Barkdoll of Leavine Family Racing

Every time you go to Atlanta the weather is a concern and it was no different this time.  You just worry about how the track will change.  Everyone really wanted to get that race in.  With the trip out to Vegas the next week, time was not a luxury.  When I spoke with Michael (McDowell, driver) and Wally (Rogers, crew chief) in the morning, they were happy.  They had a good...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

Leavine Family Racing looking for strong finish at Atlanta

Leavine Family Racing is looking for their first great run at Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend in the Folds of Honor QuickTrip 500.  Last year, the team failed to make the race and in 2013 Scott Speed finished in 43rd position. Michael McDowell, driver of the No. 95 Thrivent Financial Ford Fusion, has competed at Atlanta Motor Speedway four times in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series...
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February 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Cinderella stories: Six drivers race their way into 500 in Duel No. 1

A Budweiser Duel race is often full of drama and disappointment -- but for six drivers, Thursday's first qualifying race was a bit of a Cinderella story. Needing to race their way into the Daytona 500, Landon Cassill, Cole Whitt, Michael McDowell, J.J. Yeley, Michael Annett and Ty Dillon each did what they needed to do to secure a spot in the 43-car field that will take the green...
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February 19, 2015  |  Discuss

NSCS: Budweiser Duel No. 1 at Daytona Lives Up to the Hype

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Since NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying ended on Sunday, all eyes were focused on Thursday’s running of the Budweiser Duels and the first of the two qualifying races certainly lived up to the hype with an array of storylines coming out of the 150 mile event. One of the biggest stories after qualifying last weekend was the penalty incurred by Dale Earnhardt...
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February 19, 2015  |  Discuss

NSCS: Alex Bowman Tops Second Daytona 500 Practice

Alex Bowman driving for Tommy Baldwin Racing would top the speed chart for the final practice session. Bowman joins the team after running the full schedule for BK Racing in 2014. Hendrick Motorsports driver Kasey Kahne was second quickest with new crew chief Keith Rodden, while Trevor Bayne was third as he enters the full schedule driving for Jack Roush. Richard Childress Racing...
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February 18, 2015  |  Discuss

NASCAR: Is Michael McDowell the Biggest Sleeper for Daytona 500 Pole?

Daytona Beach, Fla- The last two pole winners at the Daytona International Speedway for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition have been surprises. In qualifying for last year’s Daytona 500, Austin Dillon won the pole for the biggest race of the season in his first race of his rookie campaign. When the series returned in July, … Continue reading NASCAR: Is Michael McDowell the...
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February 14, 2015  |  Discuss

NSCS: McDowell Fastest in Second Daytona 500 Practice; Chevrolet Makes Comback

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Michael McDowell continued the Ford manufacturer’s dominance atop the speed charts by pacing Saturday afternoon’s second practice session ahead of the Daytona 500, but it was the Chevrolet drivers who made the biggest statement. Navigating the 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway at a speed of 199.322 miles-per-hour on his 13th lap of the session,...
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February 14, 2015  |  Discuss

NSCS: Martin Truex Jr. Experiences Mechanical Issues as Michael McDowell Leads Second Daytona 500 Practice

The second practice session at Daytona International Speedway for the Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 would go as Martin Truex Jr. hoped as a crack in the oil pan resulted in the No. 78 Furniture Row team only making three laps. For the record the 78 team did NOT change engines. The culprit during practice was a crack in the oil pan. — FurnitureRowRacing (@FR78Racing) February...
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February 14, 2015  |  Discuss

NASCAR: Ricky Stenhouse Jr./Michael McDowell Lead Daytona 500 Practice on Saturday

Daytona Beach, Fla- Yesterday, 25 of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stars took to the race track for the first time of the 2015 season in two practice sessions for the Sprint Unlimited. Today, the rest of the drivers including the 25 from yesterday took to the high banked 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway oval in … Continue reading NASCAR: Ricky Stenhouse Jr./Michael McDowell...
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February 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Leavine Family Racing ready for season kick-off at Daytona

Leavine Family Racing is looking forward to starting the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season with a trip to Daytona International Speedway – the site of the team’s best finish. Last July, Michael McDowell drove the No. 95 Ford to a seventh place finish at the famed superspeedway, which was also a career-best finish for himself.  McDowell will pilot the No. 95 Thrivent Financial...
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February 11, 2015  |  Discuss

NSCS: Michael McDowell, Leavine Racing Looking for Continued Improvement

Last year, Leavine Racing didn’t do anything that would certainly be talked about for years to come by fans, but they improved and that is something that they’re holding their heads high on. “We made some gains and advances and as always sometimes it is one step forward and two steps back but we are excited about what we did,” team owner Bob Leavine Racing commented. “We...
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February 01, 2015  |  Discuss

NSCS: Leavine Family Racing Ready to Kick-Off 2015

JOPLIN, Mo. – Leavine Family Racing announced during the media tour their excitement about the start of the new 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. With each step forward is two steps backwards for the racing team as they look to get on a steady note. The 2014 season successes is giving the team a lot of positive energy going into 2015 for a small team. The team will have Michael...
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January 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Leavine Family Racing extends relationship with Thrivent Financial

Leavine Family Racing has announced an extended sponsorship with Thrivent Financial for the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. The financial services organization will be the primary sponsor on the No. 95 Ford Fusion driven by Michael McDowell for 10 races and an associate sponsor for another 10 races.  Thrivent is a Fortune 500* not-for-profit financial services membership organization...
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January 28, 2015  |  Discuss

2014/2015 Season in Review/Preview: Leavine Family Racing with Michael McDowell

Whenever the name Michael McDowell is brought up - everyone is quick to remember his horrific qualifying crash at Texas Motor Speedway back in 2008. However, what many have seemed to forget is that the Phoenix-native is a very talented racecar driver, who has never had a real shot at competing for wins in NASCAR’s top-tier division. In 166 career Sprint Cup starts- McDowell has...
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January 15, 2015  |  Discuss

NNS: Season in Review – Joe Gibbs Racing

RIDGELAND, Miss. — As the offseason rolls along, another team is up for their “Season in Review” and this week’s team to be profiled is Joe Gibbs Racing, which battled for both the driver’s championship and the owner’s championship with two different teams throughout 2014. The Joe Gibbs Racing stable for the Nationwide Series in 2014 consisted of three cars. The No. 11 Toyota...
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December 09, 2014  |  Discuss

"Never Give Up" attitude propels Leavine Family Racing to top-25 finish in season finale

If Sunday’s race is any indication, 2015 is going to be a breakout year for Leavine Family Racing.  The team’s performance in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season finale race was a manifestation of the hard work performed the entire season.   Driver Michael McDowell qualified the No. 95 KLOVE Radio/Thrivent Financial Ford in 38th position at Homestead-Miami Speedway for Sunday’s...
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November 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Leavine Family Racing Shows Perseverance in 2014

The 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season was an important one for Leavine Family Racing.  The growing single-car race team fielded the No. 95 Ford in 19 races this season, seven more races than 2013.  Highlights of the season included a team-best 7th-place finish at Daytona International Speedway and a hard-fought 18th place finish at Bristol Motor Speedway. Heading to Homestead...
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November 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Positive momentum for Leavine Family Racing at Phoenix

Leavine Family Racing and driver Michael McDowell continued their path to growth in the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 with a driver and team best finish at Phoenix International Raceway in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. McDowell, a Glendale, Arizona native, drove the No. 95 KLOVE Radio Ford Fusion to a 31st place finish at the 1.5-mile speedway. The team started the race in 31st position...
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November 10, 2014  |  Discuss

McDowell homecoming at Phoenix

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Michael McDowell will be returning to his hometown this week as the Leavine Family Racing team heads to Phoenix International Raceway for the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500. McDowell was born in Glendale, Arizona and grew up racing BMX bicycles and karting.  He won the World Karting Association Championship and back-to-back International Kart Federation...
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November 06, 2014  |  Discuss
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