McLaughlin Looks Forward To New Adventures In Kentucky SPARTA, KY --- Mike McLaughlin has never been one to pass up a new and exciting challenge, this weekend the Kentucky Speedway will bring a new battle. The NASCAR Busch Series will make its...
McLaughlin Looks Forward To New Adventures In Kentucky
SPARTA, KY --- Mike McLaughlin has never been one to pass up a new and exciting challenge, this weekend the Kentucky Speedway will bring a new battle. The NASCAR Busch Series will make its debut at the 1.5 mile speedway located just 30 miles south of Cincinnati. McLaughlin and his unsponsored Joe Gibbs owned Racing Team will be among the favorites to capture the checkered flag in the inaugural race. McLaughlin currently stands in fifth place in the pointâ€™s race and lists one win to his credit in 2001.
In order to make it two wins, McLaughlin will have to rely on his teamâ€™s past racing notes and the knowledge of his crew chief, Tim Shutt.
"We will take our notes from similar tracks and what we have learned earlier this year and apply it to our baseline setup," McLaughlin said. "I know Jeffâ€™s (Purvis) crew chief, Doug Richert tested there a couple of times last year so that should help both our teams."
McLaughlin also believes he can gain important knowledge simply from watching other cars on the track.
"When you go to a new facility, everyone seems to be trying different lines," McLaughlin said. "We will keep an eye on the guys that are fast from the start and see what we can learn from the line they are running."
The racing action is sure to be fast and furious Saturday night, with a little luck, Mike McLaughlin and his Joe Gibbs Racing Team can celebrate in Victory Lane.
Mike McLaughlin has started every inaugural race in the Busch Series since the series began expanding at a rapid pace in 1995. The Kentucky Speedway race will be the 244th career Busch Series race for the Waterloo, NY native.
The Joe Gibbs Racing Team continues its search for sponsorship for the # 20 Pontiac of Mike McLaughlin. Interested companies can contact Dean Noble at 704-944-5000.