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McDowell, Phil Parsons Racing Return To Cup In 2013

Michael McDowell [1]Michael McDowell will return to the Sprint Cup Series full time in 2013, driving for Phil Parsons Racing in the No. 98 Ford. Engines will come from Roush Yates Engines.

Gene Nead will also return as crew chief.

K-LOVE radio will be back to sponsor the team in the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway, while Curb Records will return as an associate sponsor.

McDowell said:

We have new cars, new bodies and lots of potential. Our team has really hustled over the off season to get us prepared for 2013. They’ve put together some awesome cars, and with Roush Yates horsepower under the hood, I know we can run with some of the best teams in the sport. I have a lot to look forward to this year and can’t wait for the green flag in Daytona.

Team owner Phil Parsons added:

We have some great relationships that are continuing, as well as some new ones, which have us very optimistic about 2013. I want to thank K-LOVE, Curb Records, Hyde Park Storage Suites and Ford for all of their support. Their partnerships have allowed us to grow and develop as a team, and we look forward to a great year with them.

McDowell attempted 33 Cup races last season, qualifying for 30 of them. His best finish was 23rd at Bristol Motor Speedway, in a year that was spent mainly starting and parking. His overall average finish was 38th.

Mike Skinner made two starts for PPR, finishing 39th and 40th. David Mayhew made one start for the team at Infineon Raceway, finishing 40th.

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