Mike McLaughlin

Racing Driver
Born Oct 6, 1956

Michael McLaughlin is a retired NASCAR Busch Series driver. Nicknamed Magic Shoes, McLaughlin was a perennial fan favorite, winning the Most Popular Driver award in 1997. He also scored several wins and top-5 points finishes in the points standings in the NASCAR Busch Series… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Mike McLaughlin.


1956 Birth Born on October 6, 1956.


1984 27 Years Old In 1984, McLaughlin made his Busch Series debut at the Mello Yello 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, driving the #73 Pontiac home to a 14th-place finish. … Read More


1988 31 Years Old Mike won the 1988 championship in the Winston Modified Tour, now known as the Whelen Modified Tour. … Read More
1992 35 Years Old After part-time runs in 1992 and 1993, McLaughlin finally ran his first full-time schedule in the Busch Series in 1994, driving the #34 Fiddle Faddle Chevrolet for Cicci-Welliver Racing. … Read More
1995 38 Years Old In 1995, McLaughlin got his first taste of Victory Lane, winning the GM Goodwrench/Delco 200 at Dover, and collected 13 additional top-tens on his way to a third place points run.
1996 39 Years Old After a winless 1996, McLaughlin won twice in 1997 (including at his hometrack at Watkins Glen) and was named the series' Most Popular Driver. 1998 saw him add Goulds Pumps as his primary sponsor, and he won two more races, and matched his career-best finish of third in points.


1999 42 Years Old After going winless in 1999, McLaughlin shockingly announced he would depart from Cicci-Welliver at the season's end, citing a need for a change.
2000 43 Years Old He and Goulds left for the #48 Chevy fielded by Innovative Motorsports in 2000. … Read More
2001 44 Years Old 1 More Event
Despite two fifth-place finishes, McLaughlin jumped ship just weeks before the start of the 2001 season to the unsponsored #20 owned by Joe Gibbs Racing. … Read More
2002 45 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2002, McLaughlin went winless once again, but was able to muster a fourth-place finish in points. … Read More
2004 47 Years Old McLaughlin went unemployed in 2004 until the end of the season, when he replaced Bobby Hamilton, Jr. at Team Rensi Motorsports after Hamilton left to join Nextel Cup team PPI Racing, posting a second-place run at the Stacker 200 Presented by YJ Stinger.


2009 52 Years Old McLaughlin became a test driver and development driver coach for Joe Gibbs Racing, and opened his own racing fabrication business. As of 2009, McLaughlin is also building bobsleds for the Bo-Dyn Bobsled Project, supplier of sleds to the US Olympic team. … Read More
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