McLAUGHLIN FINISHES 14TH IN RICHMOND RICHMOND - As the rain fell from the Richmond sky throughout the day on Friday, all garage talk centered on one subject: Would the NASCAR Busch Series get to race or would the rain continue. With many ...
McLAUGHLIN FINISHES 14TH IN RICHMOND
RICHMOND - As the rain fell from the Richmond sky throughout the day on Friday, all garage talk centered on one subject: Would the NASCAR Busch Series get to race or would the rain continue. With many teams, including the Goulds Pumps Team still having work to do before a test at Lowe's Motor Speedway on Monday, a sense of urgency could be felt throughout the garage. The last place all the teams wanted to be on Sunday (probable makeup day) was Richmond International Raceway. The 7:00pm starting time came and passed with rain still falling. The rain continued past 8:00pm and with everyone ready to give up and call it a night around 9:00pm, a glimmer of hope arrived as the rain seemed to stop. The excitement was building in the garage as efforts began to dry the track. At last, 10:20pm, the green flag dropped and the Hardee's 250 was underway.
Goulds Pumps Chevrolet driver Mike McLaughlin began the race in the 20th position. With 4 straight races filled with trouble, McLaughlin wanted to make sure he drove trouble-free race. Right from the start, the caution flags began to wave, accidents occurred all over the track. Eleven cautions in all, but luckily the #34 Goulds Pumps Chevrolet of McLaughlin's kept his car clean, even ducking down pit road to escape a multi-car accident at one point.
McLaughlin managed to race as high as the 7th position, but fought the handling on his race car throughout the night. As the race came to an end, McLaughlin found himself in 14th position.
"We were hoping to finish a little bit better tonight, but at least we finished the race in one piece," McLaughlin said. "We can now work hard all week on the car for Nazareth and try to get back to Victory Lane. Nazareth has been a good race track for our team over the years and we would love to add a win to our resume at the track."
Mark Martin beat Jeff Burton to the finish line by 1.11 seconds to claim the victory. Matt Kenseth, Jeff Green and McLaughlin's teammate Todd Bodine rounded out the top five finishers.
The NASCAR Busch Series now heads to Nazareth Speedway in Nazareth, Pennsylvania for the First Union 200 on Sunday May 23rd at 1:00pm. McLaughlin finished third last year in the First Union 200. McLaughlin's other teammate, Tim Fedewa returns to Nazareth as the defending race winner.
Ø The Goulds Pumps Racing Team will test at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte on Monday in preparation for the May 29th Carquest Auto Parts 300.