[Michael] McDowell is 16th in the standings and the Front Row Motorsports driver’s stock has risen as a potential candidate to drive the Stewart-Haas Racing No. 10 car if Aric Almirola opts to retire.

While McDowell typically has year-to-year deals at Front Row Motorsports, he indicated that the team has an option on him that it could exercise.

“My plan is to keep running at Front Row and be there for a long time. It’s not my option. I don’t get the choice. We’ll see how it plays out. … It’s not up to me. It’s really not.”

Front Row would like to move Zane Smith up to the Cup Series next year, and that would mean either McDowell or Todd Gilliland, who has shown solid growth and improvement this year, would need to find another home.

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