Max McLaughlin looks to tackle a monster challenge on Friday afternoon at Dover International Speedway. The driver of the No. 1 Toyota Racing Development Toyota Camry will make his second start at “The Monster Mile” after posting a sixth-place finish in the ARCA Menards Series East finale last year. His father Mike tallied the first of his six-career NASCAR Xfinity Series wins at Dover in 1995 and “Mad Max” will look to follow in similar fashion on Friday afternoon for his first pavement oval victory.
Season to Date … The No. 1 team’s “pick and choose” schedule has seen McLaughlin deliver top-10 finishes in four of their five outings thus far in 2020. McLaughlin recently posted a seventh-place finish in the ARCA Menards Series’ first outing on Daytona International Speedway’s road course last Friday night in damp conditions, which was his first wet-weather experience. The 20-year old earned his best result of the season at Indianapolis on July 3rd with a sixth-place finish in comeback fashion after being caught two laps down early in the race. McLaughlin is chasing his first top-five finish of his 2020 campaign and take home “Miles the Monster”, one of the most sought-after trophies on the tour.
Chassis Selection … Crew chief Dave McCarty and the No. 1 team will unload chassis No. 002 for McLaughlin’s second visit to Dover. This Toyota Camry has made a pair of starts earlier this season, both of which resulted in top-10 finishes. McLaughlin finished 10th in the ARCA Menards Series East season opener at New Smyrna Speedway and finished seventh in his most recent oval start at Iowa Speedway.
Tune In … NBC Sports Gold TRACKPass will have live streaming coverage of Friday’s matinee at Dover beginning at 2:00 p.m. ET. Stay connected with McLaughlin and the No. 1 team by following @Hattori_Racing on Twitter, @hattoriracing on Instagram, and Hattori Racing Enterprises on Facebook.
Max McLaughlin Quote:On returning to Dover for his second start at “The Monster Mile”:“Dover is a really fun place and a challenging track. It’s similar to Bristol where the pace is so fast and things happen really quickly. We had a decent finish last year but fought some motor issues most of the race, so hopefully we’ll be able to improve on that this week. Dave (McCarty) and all the guys at HRE have been busting their tails on improving our Toyota Camrys since we’ve restarted the season. There’s a lot of guys at the shop pitching in to help on our ARCA effort, especially everyone at Toyota and TRD, so hopefully we can put a good solid run together on Friday. Dad won here back in the day in the Xfinity car, so it’d be really cool to match him on that and bring home one of the Monster trophies.”