McLAUGHLIN HOPING TO FOLLOW THE ARCH TO VICTORY LANE COLLINSVILLE, IL - What do most people think of when they hear the words St. Louis? The Gateway Arch, The mighty Mississippi River, Mark McGwire, The Blues? Not Mike McLaughlin, the driver...
McLAUGHLIN HOPING TO FOLLOW THE ARCH TO VICTORY LANE
COLLINSVILLE, IL - What do most people think of when they hear the words St. Louis? The Gateway Arch, The mighty Mississippi River, Mark McGwire, The Blues? Not Mike McLaughlin, the driver of the Goulds Pumps Chevrolet thinks of racing and visiting Victory Lane at the 1.25 mile Gateway International Raceway. After a 5th place and a 12th place finish in the first two NASCAR Busch Series races at Gateway, McLaughlin is ready to visit victory lane in 1999. He hopes two days of testing in early July will be just the remedy needed to claim the checkered flag.
"We have been pretty good at Gateway the last two years, but we still decided to test this year," McLaughlin said. We are looking at this race as the one to turn our season around and start a climb back up the points ladder."
McLaughlin and the team spent time testing under the lights as well as in the heat of the summer afternoon. With a nighttime start for the first time in three years at Gateway, McLaughlin feels the track conditions will be completely different this time around.
"In year one we battled the heat and track conditions, last season we raced here in the fall and now we are going to have the heat of the day to practice in and nighttime conditions to race in," McLaughlin said. "If we can survive the heat wave during the day, I believe we will be able to put on a great show Saturday night. I may have to drink a gallon or two of water throughout the day Saturday to survive."
McLaughlin and 42 other NASCAR Busch Series competitors will take the green flag at 8:00pm CDT. TNN and MRN will provide live coverage of the Carquest Auto Parts 250.
Mike McLaughlin's wife, Katie spent time during her childhood years in the St. Louis area. Mike and Katie are hoping to spend time visiting her old neighborhood and friends on Thursday afternoon.
Goulds Pumps Racing transporter driver, Leroy Treadwell, drove the team's hauler directly from Pikes Peak to Gateway International following last Saturday's race.
Goulds Pumps Racing team member Steve "Big Guy" Helwig celebrated a birthday on July 25th. Happy Birthday Big Guy!