TOUGH LUCK CONTINUES FOR McLAUGHLIN IN SOUTH BOSTON SOUTH BOSTON, VA --- Goulds Pumps driver Mike McLaughlin hasn't been the luckiest guy in the world the last two months. If it can happen on a race track, it has happened to McLaughlin and...
TOUGH LUCK CONTINUES FOR McLAUGHLIN IN SOUTH BOSTON
SOUTH BOSTON, VA --- Goulds Pumps driver Mike McLaughlin hasn't been the luckiest guy in the world the last two months. If it can happen on a race track, it has happened to McLaughlin and his racing team. Tire problems, cars spinning in front of him, cars hitting him from behind, the list goes on and on. Unfortunately for McLaughlin it didn't end on Saturday at South Boston Speedway.
After qualifying 22nd for the Textilease Medique 300, McLaughlin was ready for battle on the tough short track. McLaughlin had recorded 4 straight top-ten finishes at South Boston and wanted #5 on Saturday. As the race began, McLaughlin started his climb to the front. McLaughlin's charge received an early setback as Chad Chaffin spun in front of McLaughlin . After nearly eluding the spinning car, McLaughlin received rear end damage and came to the pits for a quick repair. McLaughlin was now in the rear of the field and ready to start another charge to the front.
Over the next 150 laps, McLaughlin worked his way up through the field. By lap 200 McLaughlin had reached the 12th position. Over the last 100 laps, McLaughlin raced as high as the 7th position, before receiving a tap from behind with less than 20 laps to go. McLaughlin completed a 360-degree spin and continued on, eventually losing a lap and falling to the 15th place finishing position.
"The early accident was a real setback for the Goulds Pumps Team, it put us behind about 10 more cars and this isn't the easiest place to pass cars," McLaughlin said. "We worked hard and put ourselves back into position for a strong finish there at the end, only to get turned around. This is typical short track racing, these type incidents happen, unfortunately it happened to us twice today. We will move forward and head to Watkins Glen in a few weeks and see if we can grab a victory."
Dale Earnhardt Jr. made it two wins in a row by holding off Jeff Green for the win.
The NASCAR Busch Series will now take a week off before heading to Watkins Glen, NY for the LYSOL 200 on Sunday June 27th at 12:00 noon.
Mike and wife Katie will head to New York this week on Mike's Harley Davidson. Mike's parents live in Waterloo, NY. After visiting with his parents Mike will stop by the Goulds Pumps plants in the area as well as attend NASCAR events in Waterloo and Elmira, NY.