Friday, Aug 19

McDowell Overcoming Challenges To Find Success in Racing

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Michael McDowell has had his fair share of challenges throughout his racing career but draws inspiration while overcoming them and finding his path to success. The driver of the No. 95 Thrivent Financial Chevrolet SS has overcome difficult situations, such as having to race his way into the majority of his races as he moved up through the ranks of NASCAR.

“Driving for some of the smaller teams in NASCAR can be challenging at times,” stated McDowell. “We are a small team at CSLFR, but this is by far the best Cup program I’ve been in. Throughout my career, one of the toughest challenges has been just having to make the races. This is the first year where I’ve been locked-in to the races. Previously, I’ve always had to race my way in.”

“Prior to the changes this year, there were 45 to 48 cars at every race that could make it in – that were legitimate cars,” McDowell continued. “So when you did make races it is a lot of fun and a big adrenaline rush, but it’s definitely a challenge I’ve had to overcome throughout my career.”

Fans can share their own stories about how they are inspired by overcoming challenges through Thrivent Racing’s new inspirational message program at Race fans can upload photos, videos or text explaining how they are inspired and how they inspire others, as well as check out submissions from others. Each fan who shares an inspiration will receive a gift from Thrivent Racing following their first submission.

Additionally, fans who visit the site can enter Thrivent’s “Motor to Miami” sweepstakes. One grand prize winner and one guest will be flown to Miami, FL for the season finale race, stay in a motorcoach in the track’s infield, meet Michael McDowell and receive exclusive access to watch the race from the team’s pit box.

Fans can enter once a day every day from now through September 12, 2016 for a chance to win. For official rules and more information, please visit



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