CONCORD, N.C. – Michael McDowell was cleared from a local hospital and is at Charlotte Motor Speedway for Friday afternoon’s Cup qualifying session after successfully passing a kidney stone.
After experiencing abdominal pain, McDowell went to the infield care center at the track before he was transported to a local hospital Friday morning.
“I woke up this morning, had a little bit of a side, back ache,” McDowell told NBC Sports. “Nothing too big. As the morning went on just started having more and more pain. I was driving my kids to school and broke out into sweats and I’m like ‘Man, what’s going on?’ The pain just kind of steadily got worse and worse and started to move around.
“Wasn’t sure what was going on. I was heading to the track anyways. The garage opened and got in. It got to a point where I was just in bad shape so went to the infield care center. Now, going through the process I had some kidney stones and I was fortunate to pass one. But leading up to it you feel like you’re dying. It was a rough morning to say the least. Obviously, to get back in the race car, couldn’t take anything for pain and all the things that come with it, just throwing up and nauseous and all the things. This morning it felt like I was dying, this afternoon I feel really good and ready to go qualify.”
McDowell, who qualified 22nd, said that he doesn’t expect to have any more kidney stones this weekend.
“I had a scan and ultrasound done and things like that and they didn’t see anything else,” he said. “I should be fine, but you just never know. More than anything I know now. I know the pain and symptoms and feelings are like and now I know I’m not going to die.”
Austin Cindric drove the car for McDowell in Cup practice. Cindric was 24th on the speed chart. He ran 15 laps.
CONCORD, N.C. — Despite an improving forecast, rain continued to plague NASCAR and its drivers Monday at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
The twice-rescheduled Xfinity Series race was stopped twice because of weather Monday after finally getting the green flag, and the conclusion of the 300-mile race was postponed until after the completion of Monday’s rescheduled 600-mile Cup Series race.
Forty-eight of the race’s scheduled 200 laps were completed before weather and the impending scheduled start of the Cup race intervened.
When (or if) the race resumes Monday night, it will be broadcast by FS2, the Performance Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
After two days of soaking rains, the longest race on the NASCAR Cup Series schedule is set for a 3 p.m. ET start Monday at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
The 600-mile marathon was scheduled for a 6:21 p.m. start Sunday, but persistent rain forced a postponement to Memorial Day.
A look at the Monday Cup schedule:
Details for Monday’s Cup race at Charlotte Motor Speedway
(All times Eastern)
START: The command to start engines will be given at 3:12 p.m. by USO official Barry Morris and retired drivers Jeff Burton, Dale Jarrett and Bobby Labonte. … The green flag is scheduled to be waved at 3:23 p.m.
PRERACE: Driver introductions are scheduled at 2:30 p.m. … The invocation will be given by retired Air Force Master Sergeant Monty Self at 3 p.m. … The national anthem will be performed by U.S. Marine Corps Lance Corporal Elizabeth Marino at 3:04 p.m.
DISTANCE: The race is 400 laps (600 miles) on the 1.5-mile track.
STAGES: Stage 1 ends at Lap 100. Stage 2 ends at Lap 200. Stage 3 ends at Lap 300.
Charlotte Motor Speedway’s rescheduled NASCAR Xfinity Series race is set for an 11 a.m. start Monday.
The race originally was scheduled Saturday, but was postponed by weather to noon Monday. After Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 Cup Series race also was postponed to Monday, the Xfinity Series race was moved to an 11 a.m. start.
A look at the Monday Xfinity schedule:
Details for Monday’s Xfinity race at Charlotte Motor Speedway
(All times Eastern)
START: The command to start engines will be given at 11:01 a.m. by representatives of race sponsor Alsco Uniforms … The green flag is scheduled to be waved at 11:12 a.m.
PRERACE: Xfinity garage opened at 8 a.m.
DISTANCE: The race is 200 laps (300 miles) on the 1.5-mile track.
STAGES: Stage 1 ends at Lap 45. Stage 2 ends at Lap 90.
Justin Haley will drive Kaulig Racing’s No. 10 car in Monday morning’s scheduled NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Haley replaces Cup Series regular Kyle Busch, who was scheduled to drive for Kaulig in the 300-miler. The race was postponed from Saturday to Monday because of weather, giving NASCAR a 900-mile doubleheader at the track.
Busch decided to concentrate on the Coca-Cola 600 Cup race, scheduled for a 3 p.m. start.