‘Mad’ Max making most of opportunity

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July in Central New York starts with firecrackers popping off in neighborhoods and ends with huge fireworks display. 

For “Mad” Max McLaughlin, the son of Mike “Magic Shoes” McLauglin, July has produced more than just fireworks. 

The talented 19-year-old second-generation driver who lives in Romulus but is from NASCAR country in Morresville, NC, is on a tear driving the potent No. 6H Heinke-Baldwin Racing 900 HP big block modified.

In the past month, Max has picked up feature wins at Canandiagua Raceway Park and Brewerton Speedway. McLaughlin took on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series dirt race at Eldora two weeks ago where he finished in 12th place in his truck series debut.

“Eldora was a lot of fun, got to race with a ton of really talented drivers and a couple cup stars,” stated McLaughlin. “I’m really looking forward to getting back to the truck series.”

Here is where it gets good and even though Max is still chasing his first Super DIRTcar Series win. Check out these finishes: third place at the Battle of Plattsburg, second at Hall of Fame 100 at Weedsport, fourth at Racing Stock 100 at Autodrome Drummond, 10th at Autodrome Grandby 100, seventh at Ultimate Outlaw 100, fourth at Freedom Fighter 100 at Utica-Rome Speedway, ninth at Liberty 100 at Canandiagua and fifth at O’Canada 100 at Cornwall Motor Speedway. 

With the consistent runs Max is now solidly holding down third place in the Super DIRTcar Series points standings. It’s just a matter of time before he gets a series win in the powerful big block modifieds.

But until then you can see him race at Brewerton Speedway on Friday night and Canandiagua on Saturday night.

This week at Utica-Rome Speedway is the Jan Corcoran Memorial Big-Block/Small-Block Challenge, 50 laps, $3,064-to-win with $640 bonus for the first small-block across the line.

There is an added incentive to get drivers to the track with all drivers that are competing at the Aug. 5 show getting in free. Gates open at 4 p.m. and racing starts at 7 o’clock sharp.

See you at the races.

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