Feb 17, 2013; Daytona Beach, FL, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Michael McDowell (98) during qualifying for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Douglas Jones-USA TODAY Sports

Michael McDowell Will Not Race At Phoenix

After posting a remarkable 9th place finish in the Daytona 500, Phil Parsons Racing has decided not to enter the race at Phoenix. The team is very small and does not have the funds to travel out there. They are not even guaranteed a spot in the race. The team cites the main reason for not attending the race is lack of Gen-6 cars built and available to them.

The team that is sometimes a start and park team had a great finish in the Great American Race and now that the restrictor plate racing is over for a while the team has to go back to start and parking. The reason why they don’t start and park during restrictor plate races is because NASCAR requires all cars to use restrictor plates at superspeedways. They slow the cars down and also the cars cant break away from each other and run in packs which gives everyone an equal chance. This is why underfunded teams don’t start and park because anyone can race up front.

Although with a 9th place finish and earned a shocking 368,000 dollars, they think that its not enough to travel out there.

Here’s where I disagree, there are 43 cars now entered in the race and if McDowell would enter that means they would only have to beat one car to enter. Plus you race to race, not to race on restrictor plate races then start and park the rest.

A year or two ago a giant wreck happened at Phoenix taking out many cars. If an underfunded team got through that they could have easily gotten a top 30. Racing is all about taking risks and Phil Parsons Racing is not taking any chances.

Its a shame to see McDowell not race at Phoenix after a great run in the Daytona 500 but that’s there decision. NASCAR reduced the prize money for the bottom five finishing positions in order to reduce the number of start and park teams. Appears that it is working for now.

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