BUSCH: Atlanta Mike McLaughlin looking to rebound

Goulds Pumps driver Mike McLaughlin heads to the Atlanta Motor Speedway for Saturday's Aaron's 312 NASCAR Busch Series race. Last March, McLaughlin qualified 5th and finished 12th at the 1.54-mile superspeedway. McLaughlin will be looking to...

Goulds Pumps driver Mike McLaughlin heads to the Atlanta Motor Speedway for Saturday's Aaron's 312 NASCAR Busch Series race. Last March, McLaughlin qualified 5th and finished 12th at the 1.54-mile superspeedway. McLaughlin will be looking to rebound from a hard crash at Las Vegas Motor Speedway last Saturday. After running as high as 7th place in Las Vegas, the accident left McLaughlin with a destroyed race car and a 43rd place finish.

Goulds Pumps driver Mike McLaughlin comments on this weekend's race:

"It's time for us to put the Goulds Pumps Chevrolet up front this weekend. After running so well the first 100 laps last week, we were all disappointed with the end results. That accident kept us from moving into the top-ten in the point standings where this team belongs. Hopefully we can start a streak of top-ten finishes this weekend and get this team back up where it belongs. The guys have worked real hard all season long starting this team from scratch and I want to reward them with a trip to victory lane."

McLaughlin received a nice surprise upon his return to The Charlotte-Douglas International Airport Sunday morning. Wife Katie and 5-day old son Max were there to greet McLaughlin at baggage claim.

Willie deBidart, son of team owners George and Vicky deBidart recently placed 4th in the North Carolina State High School Wrestling Championships. Willie is a junior at East Forsyth High School.

Mike McLaughlin took a step back into his racing roots Friday night in Las Vegas. McLaughlin attended the World of Outlaws race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway dirt track. After starting his career on dirt, McLaughlin still enjoys going back to see racing action on dirt. "Magic Shoes" says he can't wait until the new dirt track opens at The Lowe's Motor Speedway. Last fall McLaughlin had a conversation with track president Humpy Wheeler concerning the type of dirt to be used on the track.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Mike McLaughlin