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McDowell back at Las Vegas with new sponsor

Mar 6, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

Michael McDowell (left), with former boss Michael Waltrip. Getty Images

One of the Cinderella stories from Daytona will write its next chapter at Las Vegas this weekend.

Michael McDowell scored his and the Phil Parsons Racing team’s first top-10 finish in the season-opening Daytona 500. But the team got too far behind in building the new Generation 6 car, and decided to skip the second race at Phoenix.

The No. 98 Ford will be back in action at Las Vegas with new sponsor Ambient Edge, an air conditioning, heating and refrigeration company, for a one-off deal.

Even though he missed Phoenix, McDowell still ranks 26th in the points standings, ahead of such luminaries as the Busch brothers, Kevin Harvick, Kasey Kahne, Martin Truex Jr. and Jamie McMurray.

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