BUSCH: Mike and Katie McLaughlin, Proud new Parents of a Baby Boy

CHARLOTTE - With the clock winding down for Goulds Pumps NASCAR Busch Series driver Mike McLaughlin's departure for the Sam's Town 300 in Las Vegas, all fingers were crossed that the Stork would make a special delivery prior to Mike heading out...

CHARLOTTE - With the clock winding down for Goulds Pumps NASCAR Busch Series driver Mike McLaughlin's departure for the Sam's Town 300 in Las Vegas, all fingers were crossed that the Stork would make a special delivery prior to Mike heading out west.

The wish came true for Mike and wife Katie on Tuesday at 8:35pm at The University Hospital in Charlotte. Katie delivered a healthy 7 pound 6 ounce baby boy, Michael Thomas McLaughlin. Max, as he will be called, measured 19 inches long.

"I can't tell you how excited I am right now about having Max in our lives," Mike McLaughlin said. "The last thing I wanted to do was get on that airplane for Las Vegas on Wednesday night with the possibility of missing the opportunity of supporting Katie through the birth of our son."

Max is the first child between Mike and Katie. The couple have been married for 15 months. Katie has two children, Manning and Hannah Gregory, from a previous marriage.

After a full day with Max on Wednesday, Mike will depart on the last flight of the day for Las Vegas. Don't be surprised to see a proud father sharing photos of his new son between practice sessions at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

"THE SPECS"

NAME: MICHAEL THOMAS McLAUGHLIN WEIGHT: 7 LBS. 6 OZ. HEIGHT: 19 INCHES BORN: FEBRUARY 29, 2000 TIME: 8:35PM

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Mike McLaughlin