Michael McDowell, driver of the No. 98 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for Phil Parsons Racing is writing a driver diary for StockCarSpin.com throughout the 2013 race season. His lastest diary entry previews his Texas Motor Speedway Race weekend. Aside from his regular duties behind the wheel of the No. 98 Sprint Cup car, he’ll also be competing for SR2 Motorsports in Friday night’s Nationwide Series race.
I’ve got a great opportunity this week at Texas. I’ll be driving for SR2 Motorsports in the Nationwide race. I’m really looking forward to it. SR2 has come a really long way and I think they’re out-performed everyone’s expectations. Hopefully we’ll have a good run together on Friday.
I had a pretty interesting weekend at Texas in 2008. That’s when I flipped my car a few times during Cup qualifying. My car snapped loose and drove straight into the wall and started to barrel roll down the track. When that happens, you can’t dwell on it. It’s important to learn from your mistakes and make any changes you need to prevent things like that from happening again, but you can’t race scared. You’ve got to be willing to give 100% each and every lap. If you let fear enter the equation, you’ll never perform how you need to in order to get the job done. So when I’m back at Texas, it’s just business as usual for me.
I’m good friends with Blake Koch, so it’s really cool for us to be teammates at SR2. Blake and I actually spent Easter together with our families. We got together with a few other drivers and had lunch. It was a lot of fun and I’m glad that we’re friends off the track.
I get asked a lot if it’s tough racing against my friends. The answer is ‘no.’ It doesn’t matter who I’m racing against. I’ll race everyone as hard as I can. I know that Blake would race me the same way. When we’re on the track, it doesn’t matter who’s in front of me, whether they’re a friend or not. I want their spot and I’ll do whatever I can to take it. Blake and I hang out a lot and we’re good buds, and I think we’ll be great teammates. But we’re both very competitive and hate losing, so I know we’ll both do all we can to win the race.
– Michael McDowell