Front Row Motorsports announced Friday that Michael McDowell, the driver of the team’s No. 34 Ford, would return to the track for Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series qualifying (4:40 p.m. ET at NBCSN/NBC Sports App) after he was transported to the hospital with abdominal pain in the morning.
Thanks @AustinCindric for stepping in!
— Front Row Motorsports (@Team_FRM) September 27, 2019
.@Mc_Driver visited the infield care center this morning with abdominal pain and is being transported to a hospital. We are currently working on plans for the remainder of the day.
– Front Row Motorsports (@Team_FRM) September 27, 2019
Austin Cindric drove the No. 34 in McDowell’s absence for the first Monster Energy Series practice session, and finished 24th. Cindric is a full-time NASCAR Xfinity Series driver for Team Penske. He has two wins this season, both at road courses.
McDowell, 28th in points, is often at his best on road courses, with a career average finish of 26.7, nearly five spots higher than his overall average finish of 31.2. He started and finished 18th in last year’s inaugural running of the Bank of America Roval 400 and was 16th at Watkins Glen International last month.
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This year’s race is scheduled for Sunday at 2:30 p.m. ET (NBC, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).