Michael McDowell, Todd Parrott Confirmed with LFR for 2017 Run

Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images

After closing the 2016 season with a group of strong results in their seven starts together, both Michael McDowell and crew chief Todd Parrott will return to Leavine Family Racing for a full 36-race Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season in 2017.

McDowell will return behind the wheel of the No. 95 Chevrolet, piloting the machine for the entire season for the first time as he and Parrott attempt to earn LFR’s first Chase bid.

McDowell has competed in 66 races since joining LFR in 2014, earning two top 10s and finishing as high as 30th in the series standings.

After completing just 16 and 19 of the season’s 36 races in 2014 and 2015, McDowell and LFR increased their race load in 2016, competing in 31 of the season’s 36 races. McDowell found success over the course of the year, earning his first-career NASCAR victory in an XFINITY Series race at Road America with Richard Childress Racing.

“I’m excited to be returning full time with LFR for the 2017 season,” McDowell said in a release. “I look forward to continuing to work with Todd as well and kicking off our season with a strong start at the DAYTONA 500 in February.”

With Parrott reassuming his role as McDowell’s crew chief, LFR hopes the duo can continue the run of consistency they ended the season with.

After struggling to deliver consistent results over the course of the season, McDowell hit his peak in Parrott’s short seven-race tenure in 2016, scoring four finishes of 18th or better –including a strong 10th-place run in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway– and rising from 33rd to 30th in the points during that span.

LFR Vice President Jeremy Lange hopes to see more of those results in the upcoming season.

“With both Michael and Todd returning to the team this season we are looking to maintain the consistency we found towards the end of last year and continue to push forward and build off the positive momentum,” said Vice President of Leavine Family Racing Jeremy Lange said. “We had great performances on the track last year and we’re hoping that continuing in that direction will lead to more sponsorships for the team. We do have some partner renewals that we will be announcing soon and are excited to add more.”

In agreeing to run the entire schedule, LFR will become Chase eligible for the first time since their 2011 inception. The team recently purchased a charter from Tommy Baldwin Racing, assuring them a place in the starting grid for each race on the tour.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *