CHARLOTTE--- Take a look inside the 2000 edition of the NASCAR dictionary for the word bad luck. See the picture beside the definition? Yes, that is Mike McLaughlin, driver of the Goulds Pumps Chevrolet. McLaughlin, the second leading...
CHARLOTTE--- Take a look inside the 2000 edition of the NASCAR dictionary for the word bad luck. See the picture beside the definition? Yes, that is Mike McLaughlin, driver of the Goulds Pumps Chevrolet.
McLaughlin, the second leading all-time money winner in the NASCAR Busch Series, has had more than his share of bad racing luck this season. Broken fuel pumps, engine troubles, accidents and other mishaps have erased a number of solid runs for the Waterloo, NY native. On five occasions this season, the bad luck has struck McLaughlin while running inside the top-ten.
McLaughlin, as all good racers do, realizes the bad luck is in the past and that each new race is a new opportunity for success.
"We have to put all the problems behind us and attack Charlotte with a full head of steam," McLaughlin said. "It doesn't do us any good to sit around and talk about what could have happened, we have to figure out how to fix the problems and start finishing the races."
This weekend's Carquest Auto Parts 300 at Lowe's Motor Speedway presents a perfect opportunity for McLaughlin and his Innovative Motorsports Team. McLaughlin has six career top-ten finishes on the 1.5 mile, high-banked superspeedway, including a win in October of 1998. McLaughlin nearly made it two October wins in a row, but he ran out of fuel in turn one of the final lap. McLaughlin still managed to finish in third.
"I really enjoy racing at Lowe's Motor Speedway, hopefully we can have a strong run on Saturday and turn the season around," McLaughlin said. "Last October I entered the race after having a string of bad luck and our fortunes turned around, maybe that can happen again."
In McLaughlin's long racing career, he has been through bad luck spells like this before, with continued hard work the good luck is right around the corner. When McLaughlin's luck does turn around, look for "Magic Shoes" to make his way back to Victory Lane. Maybe magic will strike again and McLaughlin can celebrate with is trademark leap form the top of his Goulds Pumps Chevrolet in Victory Lane.