BUSCH: Charlotte Race Report

McLaughlin holds on to win at Charlotte CONCORD, N.C. (Oct. 3, 1998) Mike McLaughlin's decision to skip a pit stop in the late stages paid off as his fuel mileage was good enough to win the NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division All Pro...

McLaughlin holds on to win at Charlotte

CONCORD, N.C. (Oct. 3, 1998) Mike McLaughlin's decision to skip a pit stop in the late stages paid off as his fuel mileage was good enough to win the NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division All Pro Bumper to Bumper 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

McLaughlin's gamble not to refuel paid off when his Chevrolet outlasted the lead pack by 24.073 seconds for his second victory in 1998 and fifth of his series career.

"I don't know how much is left, but it was enough," McLaughlin said. "What a good win for us. These boys deserved it. They made the right calls."

Matt Kenseth and Dale Earnhardt Jr., who both led and contended throughout the race, made stops late in the race and finished second and third, respectively.

Veteran Jimmy Spencer gave Chevrolet the top four spots, while Buckshot Jones crossed the line fifth in his Pontiac after gaining a provisional and starting from the 30th slot.

The championship chase between Kenseth and Earnhardt remained unchanged. Earnhardt leads by 97 points with four races left on the schedule. McLaughlin gained five points to maintain third, trailing Earnhardt by 258 points.

McLaughlin did not pit at the halfway point of the 200-lap race and moved in front. He made his stop later, while the leaders raced on. This move worked out well in the end, as he didn't have to stop again. Almost all the other drivers had to stop again late in the race.

McLaughlin's other win this season was the BellSouth Mobility/Opryland 320 at the Nashville Speedway USA in March.

Jeff Burton finished sixth with the only Ford in the top-10, while Kevin Lepage, Todd Bodine, Jeff Purvis and Sterling Marlin rounded out the top-10 finishers.

Marlin placed a respectable 10th after making the field following the second qualifying round, a 40-lap challenge race. He started 37th.

The series continues in two weeks with the CarQuest Auto Parts 250 at the Gateway International Raceway in Madison, Ill.

Source: NASCAR Online

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Jeff Burton , Matt Kenseth , Todd Bodine , Jimmy Spencer , Kevin Lepage , Sterling Marlin , Buckshot Jones , Mike McLaughlin , Jeff Purvis