Michael McDowell admits that he feels great about coming back to the top 5 at Talladega, but is more happy with the racing aspect.

Michael McDowell started the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season with three consecutive top 10 finishes, including his first career win at the Daytona 500. After that, he had a struggling stretch with the best finish of 12th in the Bristol dirt race. Last Sunday at Talladega, the no.34 Front Row Motorsports car driver came back to the top 10, finishing 3rd. He spoke about the importance of that result.

“It felt good. I think not just the result, but racing well, being up there all day, getting stage points in both stages, and then getting in the top 5 and being in position to win the race. But I think more than anything is running well and being in position to win the race,” McDowell told ASN Motorsports. “It felt great to back that up.”

The reigning Daytona 500 champion also added that getting such a result at Talladega was crucial as he had had struggles there before.

“For me statistically, Daytona’s been so good and Talladega hasn’t. I’ve had a few top 5s at Talladega or maybe one or two now, but it’s not been the same as Daytona for me. So, to get a good one under my belt and to build on the Daytona 500 momentum at Talladega, which has been a bit of a struggle for me was definitely a confidence booster.”

Michael McDowell is advanced to the Playoffs as of now with 1 win.

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