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Battle for top-30 spot between ML and MacDonald heads to Homestead

Michael McDowell hopes to guide MacDonald Motorsports back in the top 30 of the NASCAR Nationwide Series owner standings at Homestead-Miami Speedway this weekend.
Michael McDowell hopes to guide MacDonald Motorsports back in the top 30 of the NASCAR Nationwide Series owner standings at Homestead-Miami Speedway this weekend.

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The closest battle for a slot in the top 30 in owner points is for the all-important 30th position.

The top 30 in 2010 owner points will automatically qualify for the first five races of the 2011 season. Currently, the No. 70 ML Motorsports Chevrolet owns the slot, with a 65-point advantage over the No. 81 Dodge of MacDonald Motorsports. 

Shelby Howard will drive the No. 70 while Michael McDowell will be behind the wheel of the No. 81 to try and make up the deficit.

Howard made his series track debut at HMS last season and started off well - 12th - but finished 33rd. McDowell didn't fare much better in his only series start at Homestead. He finished 32nd in 2007.

See the full Nationwide Series owners standings here.