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McDowell's hard work, diligence about to pay big dividends

Have you heard of NASCAR newcomer Michael McDowell? Don't worry -- you will, writes Mark Ashenfelter.

Updated: January 31, 2008, 10:59 PM ET
By Mark Ashenfelter | ESPN.com

CORNELIUS, N.C. -- At Pocono Raceway last August, a man walked into the media center and placed a stack of press kits on a table, a scene repeated numerous times each weekend at racetracks across the country.

Rare, though, are the times the same man goes out, jumps behind the wheel of a stock car and proceeds to win the race.

Welcome to the life Michael McDowell was leading less than a year ago, his first full season driving a stock car.

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