McLaughlin Looks To Close 2001 Racing Season On A High Note

MEMPHIS, TN --- With four races left in the 2001 NASCAR Busch Grand National season, Mike McLaughlin, driver of the #18 MBNA Pontiac, is looking to string together four solid finishes to close out the year. McLaughlin would like very much to add a second win to his 2001 record. The Waterloo, NY native captured the checkered flag earlier this year at The Talladega Superspeedway.

In preparation for the Sam's Town 250 on Saturday, McLaughlin and the MBNA Racing Team spent two days last week testing at the .750 mile oval.

Crew Chief Tim Shutt expressed his excitement following the test.

"We worked on a lot of different chassis setups, changing a ton of shocks and springs, until we found the best setup for the MBNA Pontiac. I feel real confident about our race package, hopefully it will be a great weekend for us."

The Sam's Town 250 will take the green flag at 1:00pm CDT on Saturday.


HELPING A TEAMMATE: With Joe Gibbs Racing Teammate Tony Stewart away from the track for a family matter last Saturday, the Home Depot Team called on Mike McLaughlin to practice the #20 Pontiac. McLaughlin stepped in and tied Kenny Schrader for the fastest lap in happy hour. Stewart and crew chief Greg Zipadelli both credited McLaughlin with helping the team finish second in Charlotte on Sunday.

POINTS! McLaughlin is locked into a tight points battle with only four races remaining. McLaughlin stands in the 7th position, just 106 points behind sixth place Tony Raines. McLaughlin also must fight off the challenges of eighth place Jimmy Johnson, 22 points behind, and ninth place Chad Little, 58 points behind.

TRACK HISTORY: McLaughlin is hoping his third visit to Memphis Motorsports Park is the charm. McLaughlin has recorded finishes of 7th and 24th at the track.

AMERICAN PRIDE: The MBNA Pontiac will continue to carry the United States flag on its hood, trunk and quarter panels the remainder of the racing season.