BUSCH: Mike McLaughlin Nazareth notes

MIKE McLAUGHLIN FIRST UNION 200 PIT NOTES IMPRESSIVE RESUMES A quick look at past results from Nazareth Speedway will show the success of Mike McLaughlin and his teammates Tim Fedewa and Todd Bodine. Between the three veteran drivers, they...

MIKE McLAUGHLIN FIRST UNION 200 PIT NOTES

IMPRESSIVE RESUMES

A quick look at past results from Nazareth Speedway will show the success of Mike McLaughlin and his teammates Tim Fedewa and Todd Bodine. Between the three veteran drivers, they list 3 wins, two by Fedewa and one by Bodine. The trio has also accounted for 12 top-10 finishes in 17 starts on the tricky one-mile oval. McLaughlin has recorded four top-10 finishes in six starts, including a third place finish last season.

"I have always had a feeling of confidence at Nazareth," McLaughlin said. "Looking back on the previous six races I raced in, I can remember Todd and Tim having great cars, maybe this will be the race where we can give our sponsors and car owners a 1-2-3 finish."

MIKE McLAUGHLIN'S PREDICTIONS ON THE WINSTON

The Winston: "I believe Jeff Gordon and the Rainbow Warriors are really hungry to win the race Saturday night. After the fuel mistake last year, I know they've had this race circled on their calendars. As always, it will be an exciting night of racing, but I believe Jeff Gordon will celebrate in Victory Lane."

The Winston Open: "This is the race I am really excited about. I am going to be pulling hard for Tony Stewart and his crew chief Greg Zipadelli. Greg and I have been great friends for over 10 years. I first met Greg when he was still a teenager and I was driving for Bill Corazzo's modified team. Greg helped us out back then and we developed a special friendship. My last year running for Corrazzo, Greg ran the whole team. I always knew he had a ton of ability and now it's really showing with the pairing of he and Tony. Greg is going to go a long way in this sport and I hope Saturday night he and Tony can win their first race together."

THOUGHTS ON MONDAY'S TEST AT LOWE'S MOTOR SPEEDWAY

"We had a pretty good test for the most part. The majority of the day was spent working on our race setup and we were happy with those results. At the end of the day we did a qualifying run and the time wasn't bad. With Charlie Bruenholzl hanging our car bodies and Ron Hutter supplying the horsepower, we have been really good at Charlotte and similar tracks the last few years. I can't wait to go back and try and make it two wins in a row. Last year was an awesome feeling, hopefully we can do it again."

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Tony Stewart , Todd Bodine , Mike McLaughlin