LOUDON, N.H. (May 6, 1998) Anytime Goulds Pumps Chevrolet driver Mike McLaughlin gets the opportunity to race at New Hampshire International Speedway, it puts a smile on his face and gets the adrenaline pumping in his body. With...
LOUDON, N.H. (May 6, 1998)
Anytime Goulds Pumps Chevrolet driver Mike McLaughlin gets the opportunity to race at New Hampshire International Speedway, it puts a smile on his face and gets the adrenaline pumping in his body.
With the opportunity to return to New Hampshire as the defending champion of the NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division Gumout Long Life Formula 200, makes his heart beat even faster. McLaughlin will be looking to become the first ever series repeat winner at the one-mile oval in Loudon on Saturday.
Over his driving career, NHIS is the one track that has really helped to raise McLaughlin's driving stock. McLaughlin holds the record at NHIS for most career wins, six. He has taken the checkered flag there in a NASCAR modified, a NASCAR Busch North car and a NASCAR Busch Series car. In 1990, McLaughlin posted victories in both the modified and Busch North races on the same day.
"New Hampshire holds a special place in my heart," McLaughlin said. "It has been an awesome race track for me in the past and hopefully this year will be the same. I always get to see a lot of friends when we race there and I am looking forward to seeing a bunch of them this year."
McLaughlin knows his No. 34 Goulds Pumps Chevrolet Racing team will have to be in top form to repeat as race winners. The competition level in the Busch Series is at an all-time high in 1998.
McLaughlin has climbed to second place in the NASCAR Busch Series point standings and a solid race will give him the opportunity to make up the 26-point deficit to leader Matt Kenseth.
"We will have to be strong from the start of practice and qualify up front," McLaughlin said. "Last season, we didn't have the best car, but my crew chief, Gary Cogswell, called a great race and we were there at the end. Sometimes the best car doesn't win the race and last year was a perfect example. The guys never gave up and continued to work on the car and put me in a position to win."
Source: NASCAR Online