McDowell showed up for the opening round of NASCAR practice at The ROVAL; He was transported to a local hospital; Returning to the track
Michael McDowell appeared at Charlotte Motor Speedway early this morning. He was set to take to the track for the opening round of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice in Charlotte, North Carolina.
However, McDowell began suffering from abdominal pain. He visited the infield car center of the race track. From there, he was transported to a local hospital.
“Michael McDowell 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 said in a statement this morning.
While McDowell was away from the track, Austin Cindric climbed into the No. 34 machine. He placed it 24th on the board at the conclusion of the opening round of NASCAR practice.
This weekend, NASCAR is running the ROVAL portion of the track. It’s part road course and part oval.
It’s the second running of the event. Additionally, the backstretch chicane has been adjusted since last year.
McDowell has since been diagnosed with kidney stones and been released from the hospital.
“Michael McDowell has been cleared and released and plans to be back in the Loves Travel Stop Ford this afternoon for qualifying,” Front Row Motorsports confirmed.
Michael will now return to the track and take the car out for qualifying. He’ll make his run in round one with no practice of his own.
This weekend, the stock car racing sanction is set for the final race in round one of the NASCAR Playoffs. McDowell is not one of the 16 drivers battling for a championship.