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Max McLaughlin’s second-career NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (NKNPSE) start at New Hampshire Motor Speedway resulted in a 13th-place finish as he and the HRE paid tribute to the life and career of Mike Stefanik. “Mad Max” and company traded their familiar No. 1 to run Stefanik’s No. 51 on their Toyota Camry and honored the nine-time NASCAR champion with a paint scheme reminiscent of his Burnham Boilers car that won two NKNPSE titles in 1997 and 1998.
McLaughlin’s afternoon came to an early end at lap 112 due to an electrical issue after turning in a ninth-place qualifying effort. As the NKNPSE tour heads to Dover International Speedway for the season finale, McLaughlin sits fifth in the championship standings with four top-five’s and seven top-10 finishes.
Max McLaughlin Quote:
“We didn’t have the day we wanted and lacked some speed most of the weekend. It was a frustrating weekend, but this whole team worked their tails off to try and get our Camry better. Big thanks to Mohawk Northeast for letting us run this scheme for Mike Stefanik. He meant a lot to a lot of people. My dad raced against him and a few guys at HRE worked alongside him. He was an incredible racer and will be missed by a lot of people. We’ve got one more crack at it this year, so we’ll go to Dover in a couple weeks and try to finish the year off strong.”