BUSCH: McLaughlin Pikes PeaK preview

Mike McLaughlin enters the NAPA 250 this weekend at scenic Pikes Peak International Raceway looking to begin a run of solid races. After struggling with bad racing luck over the last month, the driver of the ...

Mike McLaughlin enters the NAPA 250 this weekend at scenic Pikes Peak International Raceway looking to begin a run of solid races. After struggling with bad racing luck over the last month, the driver of the # 18 MBNA Pontiac is hoping for a top-five finish on Saturday. In three starts at the track, McLaughlin lists one top-ten start and one top-ten finish. In the first ever race at Pikes Peak, McLaughlin was running third when he cut a tire late in the race.

"I have always run well at Pikes Peak, even though the results may not say that. In 1998, we had a chance to win late in the race and people started beating and banging and we cut a tire. It's a fun racetrack and we always look forward to going out west to race there."

"Plain and simple, we have to start running better, we haven't been on top of our game all summer long. I know we can go to Pikes Peak and have a good run and start what I hope is a long streak of top-ten finishes. A strong finish on Saturday will give us the momentum we need to finish out the rest of the season on."

-JGR

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Mike McLaughlin