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NASCAR-BGN: Mike McLaughlin Bristol Notes

21 August 1998


EVENT: Food City 250
DATE: August 21, 1998
QUALIFYING RECORD: Mark Martin, 123.746mph, 15.056 secs., 4/8/94
RACE RECORD: Harry Gant, 92.929mph, 4/4/92

Quotes from Mike McLaughlin, 1997 Busch Series Most Popular Driver:

"I am really looking forward to racing in Bristol on Friday night. I feel like I have come a long way since I first raced in Bristol back in 1994. I failed to qualify for both of those races and left the track feeling pretty down. I struggled there again over the next few races before I received some great racing advice. I was on the Kyle Petty Charity Motorcycle Ride and I got to know Harry Gant. Harry probably got around Bristol better than just about anyone. I decided to ask Harry for help in getting around Bristol, and ever since I have raced Bristol totally different and had some super races there. It just goes to show you, never be afraid to ask for help. I bet Harry could climb into a car this weekend and still contend for a victory here!"


The countdown to $2,000,000 in career earnings continues for Mike McLaughlin. After 150 career Busch Grand National races, McLaughlin has won $1,850,638. McLaughlin has averaged $12,337 per start in his career.

McLaughlin and his fianc Katie plan to ride his Harley-Davidson to Bristol this weekend. On Saturday, the two plan on a scenic ride through the NC Mountains. McLaughlin list time on his Harley-Davidson as one of his favorite hobbies.