Mike McLaughlin (born October 6, 1956 in Waterloo, New York) is a former NASCARBusch Series driver. October 6 is the 279th day of the year (280th in Leap years). ... 1956 was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Waterloo refers to a town and a village in Seneca County, New York: Waterloo (town) Waterloo (village) This is a disambiguation page â a navigational aid which lists pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is the largest sanctioning body of motorsports in the United States. ... NASCAR Busch Series logo The Busch Series is a stock car racing series owned and operated by NASCAR. It is NASCARs second division, and is a proving ground for drivers who wish to step up to the organizations top level, the Nextel Cup. ...
McLaughlin began racing full-time in the Busch Series in 1994, and did so until 2002. He has 6 wins in the series and, at one point, finished in the top 10 in points 7 of 8 years. His final season of racing was 2004, when he piloted the #25 U.S. MarinesFord Taurus for Team Rensi Motorsports in the last 11 races of the season. 1994 was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International year of the Family. ... 2002(MMII) is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2004(MMIV) is a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... United States Marine Corps Emblem The United States Marine Corps (USMC) is the second smallest of the five branches of the United States armed forces, with 170,000 active and 40,000 reserve Marines as of 2002. ... This article is not to be confused with Ford Taunus. ...
McLaughlin appeared to be out of a job, but after word leaked out, fans began donating money to allow McLaughlin to run the Daytona race, and with sponsorship from XM Radio and Darrell Waltrip, McLaughlin drove the #39 Ford at the season-opening event, qualifying 4th but finishing 29th after a wreck in the closing laps.
McLaughlin has frequently been the test driver at Daytona International Speedway for the Gibbs team when Tony Stewart is away from the Daytona test, which Stewart sometimes skips to run a Midget race in Tulsa, Oklahoma in January, the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals.
On Mike’s official discussion forum at http://www.motorsportslounge.com, fans were posting their feelings of sadness and anger and offered unrelenting support to Mike and the entire race team as well as their families.
Mike’s wife Katie has been posting regularly on the message board, along with many other family members to tell of their shock and disbelief, and in doing so they have also shown their strength and dedication to Mike and his team.
McLaughlin was a front runner most of the 2002 campaign and finished fourth in the final driver points standing despite failing to add to his career Busch Series victory total of six.
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