BUSCH: Mike McLaughlin Charlotte Preview

McLAUGHLIN LOOKING TO GET BACK ON TRACK THIS WEEKEND CHARLOTTE, NC - Times have been tough for the driver of the Goulds Pumps Chevrolet over the past month. Just 6 races ago, Mike McLaughlin was sitting atop the Busch Grand National Point ...

McLAUGHLIN LOOKING TO GET BACK ON TRACK THIS WEEKEND

CHARLOTTE, NC - Times have been tough for the driver of the Goulds Pumps Chevrolet over the past month. Just 6 races ago, Mike McLaughlin was sitting atop the Busch Grand National Point Standings, but a streak of bad luck and racing accidents have dropped McLaughlin to 8th place in the point standings. The Waterloo, NY native will be looking to put the past month behind him as he enters the CARQUEST Auto Parts 300 on Saturday at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

McLaughlin enters the 14th race of the 32-race NASCAR Busch Series schedule with high hopes. Just last October, McLaughlin won the All Pro Bumper to Bumper 300 at Lowe's Motor Speedway by 24.074 seconds.

"We had an awesome car that day and we played our cards exactly right with the fuel mileage decision," McLaughlin said. "We have done well at Charlotte the last few years and I would love to make it two in a row for the Goulds Pumps Racing Team."

McLaughlin knows in order to accomplish that goal, his team will have to be on the mark throughout the entire weekend.

"In order to have a solid chance of winning on Saturday, I believe we will have to have a strong qualifying effort on Thursday afternoon," McLaughlin said. A bad starting spot can lead to nothing but trouble in the race. It seems like every crash involves more than one car and a bad starting spot will just increase the odds of trouble."

McLaughlin also realizes the importance of putting the past few races in the rear view mirror and focusing on the future. The NASCAR Busch Series is entering a stretch of races that bring excitement to the face of McLaughlin. McLaughlin has won races at Charlotte, Dover, and Watkins Glen, the sites of three of the next four races.

"I am hoping we can repeat some of our past success the next few weeks and move back into the points race," McLaughlin said. "We are going to have to regain some consistency in order to become a contender again. Hopefully we can get started this weekend with a strong run."

McLaughlin is on a mission to turn his fortunes around and the mission starts Thursday afternoon with Bud Pole qualifying. Watch out for Mike "Magic Shoes" McLaughlin this weekend as he takes on 42 other drivers Saturday afternoon at 1:05pm EDT.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Mike McLaughlin