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Michael McDowell finishes fifth at Talladega Superspeedway

Michael McDowell finished fifth in the 1000Bulbs.com 500 at Talladega Superspeedway, adding 32 points to his season total.

McDowell now sits at 428 points on the season. He’s posted two top-five finishes in 2019.

Ryan Blaney came away with the victory in the race, with Ryan Newman taking second, and Denny Hamlin placing third.

Blaney has advanced to the next round of the Cup Series playoffs.

William Byron came away victorious in Stage 1, and Clint Bowyer took Stage 2.

McDowell qualified in 22nd position at 189.271 mph. He still is looking for career win No. 1, but owns three top-five finishes and eight finishes in the top 10.

There were 40 cars in the field, and the race endured nine cautions and 43 caution laps. There were 46 lead changes.

Ford added 40 points to its season totals with Blaney’s victory. Overall, Toyota ranks No. 1 with 1127 points, followed by Ford in the No. 2 spot with 1098. Chevrolet sits at No. 3 with 1058 points on the season.

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