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Michael McDowell finished in 26th place at the New Hampshire Bad Boy Off Road 300.
The No. 95 featured a Patina style, rustic paint scheme with a custom logo on the hood inspired by classic Chevrolet hot rods famous to the New England area.
The No. 95 heads onto the track at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
The No. 95 sported a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle paint scheme during the TMNT 400.
As part of "Team Turtle" the No. 95 Thrivent Financial Chevy SS was TMNT Donatello.
McDowell wore a Donatello inspired helmet and fire suit.
The whole CSLFR team participated in the fun of the weekend sporting turtle inspired shirts.
The No. 95 finished in 37th place after a tire blew with just a few laps to go.
Michael McDowell captured his career best finish at RIR with a 12th place finish.
With the progress made during practice and qualifying, the team knew they would be able to continue to improve and gain positions.
Crew Chief, Dave Winston made vital calls to do "wave arounds" under multiple cautions to gain laps back.
"I'm really proud of the whole team," said Winston, "our guys did a great job all weekend."
Bojangles’ Southern 500 – Throwback weekend at Darlington Raceway.
Team owners, Bob and Sharon Leavine with McDowell and the #95 Richard Childress throwback.
Michael McDowell and his wife Jami.
Crew Chief Dave Winston even got in on the fun of throwback weekend.
The #95 Thrivent Financial pit crew hard at work.
Splash of fuel, tear offs and a fresh set of tires on the #95.
The #95 paint scheme is in tribute of the Richard Childress 1973 Kansas Jack car.
McDowell rocked the 1973 fire suit on Sunday’s race.
McDowell raced double duty this weekend, competing in both the Xfinity and Sprint Cup Series.
Thank you to Sam Hornish Jr. for filling in for McDowell during practice and qualifying at Michigan International Speedway.
The #95 Thrivent Financial finished 31st place at the Pure Michigan 400 in the Sprint Cup Series.
Congrats to McDowell for holding off Gaugham for his first career win at Road America in the Xfinity Series.
McDowell and the #95 Thrivent team secured their 4th top-25 finish in a row.
Less than 50 laps in, Saturdays race was postponed due to rain until Sunday.
During the race, the team battled a radio issue and a small fire in the cockpit.
The No. 95 persevered the elements and finished 19th in the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race.
The Cheez-It 355 was McDowell’s 200th career start in the Sprint Cup Series.
The Thrivent Financial #95 finished 17th at Watkins Glen, securing it’s third top-25 finish of the season.
“The team did a great job all weekend.” – Michael McDowell
Crew Chief Dave Winston and McDowell celebrate their top-25 finish after the race.
#95 and Thrivent crew make a pit stop at the Brickyard 400.
McDowell earned a driver and team best (23rd) at Indy.
The #95 Chevy speeds past the crowd.
The team fought hard, working on handling of the race car during pit stops.
“Our car was a Top-25 race car and that’s where we want to be every week.” – McDowell
The #95 sported new colors, as CSLFR welcomed Malwarebytes on board.
The crew preps the #95 in the garage before the New Hampshire 301.
Michael McDowell and CSLFR team owner Bob Leavine.
McDowell sporting the new fire suit for Malwarebytes.
The team battled alternator issues during the race, the #95 placed 39th on Sunday.
McDowell spent the weekend at a Thrivent Financial event, racing in the modified class against local drivers.
The event was held at the Chateau Raceway in Austin, MN.
"I've only raced on dirt a few times. I grew up on asphalt, but I sure am having fun out here." – McDowell
A silent auction raised money for the Boys & Girls Club of Blooming Prairie and Paint the Town Pink.
Michael spoke about his career in racing and why he became a Thrivent member.
Fans had the chance to take photos with Michael and the #95 Thrivent Chevy.
Michael gave the innovation before the night's race and drove the American flag around the track during the National Anthem.
A special thanks to Martha Vrieze, Chad Thomas and the Two Rivers region of Thrivent Financial for sponsoring the event.
McDowell crosses the finish to his third career Top-10 finish.
The KLOVE CSLFR crew pushes the #95 to the start of the Coke Zero 400.
M. McDowell (#95), K. Busch (#18) and J. Logano (#22) battle for position on the Daytona International Speedway.
Crew Chief, Dave Winston secured his first Top-10 finish in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
Crew Chief, Winston and Spotter, Barkdoll helped McDowell avoid multiple wrecks on the track during Saturday’s race.
Michael McDowell was all smiles after his 10th place finish in Daytona.
"Sonoma holds a special place in my heart, it's where it all started for me professionally." - McDowell
The crew preps the #95 to take on the Sonoma Raceway.
McDowell (#95) and Mears (#13).
McDowell (#95) leads Ragan (#23) and Stenhouse Jr. (#17).
Taking the turn hard, on the track at the Toyota/Save Mart 350.
McDowell battled to as high as P3, but ran into trouble late in the race.
The #95 stalled on lap 93 taking McDowell out with a rear gear issue.
McDowell often serves in the local communities along side Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity.
Norene Griffin, the home owner, is a National Guard Veteran.
Prior to Sundays race at Dover International Speedway, McDowell spent the day helping replace siding.
Michael McDowell driver of the #95 helping bend siding to go around windows of the home.
The Central Delaware Habitat for Humanity helped lead the repair of siding and windows at the home.
Volunteers from Thrivent and Habitat were joined by Dover Air Force basemen to help with the repair.
Yes, Michael McDowell NASCAR Sprint Cup driver of the #95 is on the roof!
Local Thrivent Financial employees came out to help with the repair as well.
Finished product – Thanks to all the volunteers who helped during the week!
The #95 Thrivent Financial Chevy honors PFC Andrew Krippner during the Coca-Cola 600
McDowell (#95) and Bowyer (#15) round the track at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Team Thrivent Financial works quickly during a pit stop for the #95.
CSLFR team owner Bob Leavine and #95 driver Michael McDowell meet Ken and Pam Krippner before the race.
Thrivent and the #95 team presented the Krippners with an Honor & Remember flag, in honor of their son Andrew.
"I’m thrilled to be able to honor Andrew Krippner during the Coca-Cola 600 – one of the biggest races in our sport." – McDowell
Michael McDowell and the #95 finished 34th place during the race Memorial Day weekend.
McDowell and the #95 had a strong top 20 finish at the Monster Mile in Dover.
The pit crew working hard to get the #95 back out on the track.
I spy the #95 crushing the Monster Mile at the Dover International Speedway
Michael McDowell signing autographs and talking with fans at the race track.
Two late race cautions relegated the Thrivent Financial team to a 21st place finish.
McDowell started in 31st place, but quickly made his way into the top 20, Jamie McMurray (1).
Chase Elliott (24), Michael McDowell (95) and Jimmie Johnson (48) run near the top of the pack.
The #95 Thrivent Financial making its way to the Talladega Superspeedway.
McDowell all smiles in the team garage before the GIECO 500.
Michael McDowell finished in 31st place at the Virginia Short Track on Sunday.
McDowell (#95) and Austin Dillion (#3) chat before the race.
The #95 enters the track at the Toyota Owners 400.
The CSLR and Thrivent Financial pit crew during the National Anthem.
#95 and the #23 (David Ragan) round the track.
#95 Driver Michael McDowell by the crew’s toolbox before the race.
The Thrivent Financial hauler pulling into place at the track.
McDowell and fellow driver Matt DiBenedetto (#83) talk before the race.
#95 Ready to Race.
The team battled with handling of the race car to place 29th at Bristol.
Kobalt 400, Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
The Circle Sport – Leavine Family Racing team preps the #95 before the race.
Michael McDowell and team placed 29th, improving from their 33rd place the weekend before in Atlanta.
#95 on track at Las Vegas.
McDowell #95, Biffle #16 and Logano #22 head into the turn during the windy Kobalt 400.
The CSLFR crew works hard to get the #95 back on the track.
Michael McDowell, driver of the No. 95 Thrivent Financial Chevrolet.
Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 – Hampton, GA.
Circle Sport – Leavine Family Racing team partner Bob Leavine talking race strategy with McDowell.
Atlanta Motor Speedway is a 1.5 mile track.
No. 95 placed 33rd, struggling to get more speed out of the car.
"We knew it would be a real test of where we were at." – McDowell
330 laps of primarily green flag racing were completed during Sunday's race.
Michael McDowell #59 during the CAM-AM Duel at Daytona.
Quick pit stop for the #59.
McDowell placed 14th during the CAM-AM Duel to qualify for the Daytona 500.
Michael McDowell (59) and Ryan Newman (31) side by side during the Daytona 500.
Dave Winston, Crew Chief for McDowell, Circle Sport – Leavine Family Racing.
Tire change by the Thrivent Racing team.
Pit stop for the #59 Chevrolet SS during the Daytona 500.
Michael McDowell finishes 15th place at the Daytona 500!
#59 Thrivent Financial Chevrolet SS.
Great start to the 2016 season at the Daytona 500 – #DriventoThrive
Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity and Michael McDowell teamed up during Daytona Speedweeks to help paint and repair a home in Bunnell, FL.
McDowell meets the 30+ volunteers before getting started on the repair project.
NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Michael McDowell helps paint a local family's home.
The repair helped a family who has consistently given back to the Bunnell, FL community.
McDowell and the Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity embody what it means to live generously.
McDowell will be the primary driver and compete in at least 26 NSCS races in 2016. Ty Dillion will pilot the remaining races.
Leavine Family Racing joins forces with Circle Sport Racing to run full 36 – race schedule.
CSLFR will enter into an alliance with Richard Childress Racing in 2016 season.
Thrivent Financial #95 2016 paint scheme revealed.
McDowell enters his 9th season as a driver in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
Michael McDowell and team owner Bob Leavine.
“The technical alliance with RCR is a huge asset…we’ll have access to some of the top equipment in the Cup Series.” – Michael McDowell
Thrivent Financial enters into its third year as a primary sponsor of Michael McDowell #95.
The LFR team pit-crew works swiftly to replace tires during the Brickyard 400.
LFR crew members work with speed and precision to maintain the No. 95 Thrivent Ford Fusion on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The No. 95 Thrivent Ford Fusion driven by Michael McDowell and Team Penske's No. 22 Ford Fusion driven by Joey Logano go neck-in-neck at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Michael McDowell is all smiles before the Brickyard 400.
Fans watch Michael McDowell race the No. 95 around Watkins Glen International in the New York sunshine.
The Leavine Family Racing team preps No. 95 for the Cheez-It 355.
A unique perspective of the No. 95 from Watkins Glen.
The No. 95 cuts around a Watkins Glen International racetrack corner. Having gotten his start in road racing, Michael McDowell says The Glen – one of only two tracks where drivers make right turns – is among his favorites on the NASCAR schedule.
Michael McDowell and Thrivent’s Jackie Hintz present a $95,000 check to Chris Clarke of Habitat for Humanity International resulting from the Driven to Thrive fan promotion.
McDowell is all smiles as he prepares for the last race of the 2015 season.
The No. 95 Thrivent Financial Ford Fusion heads onto the Homestead-Miami track for the Ford EcoBoost 400.
McDowell gets focused and ready to pilot the No. 95.
The Thrivent Racing crew completes a pit stop, readying the 95 for its final laps of the season.
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