Max McLaughlin Set For Asphalt Racing Debut

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Max McLaughlin will make his asphalt racing debut on March 11 at Caraway Speedway. (Mike Johnson photo)

MOORESVILLE, N.C. – Max McLaughlin will make his asphalt racing debut driving a Woodman Racing super late model during the Pro All Stars Series South RGS Products 125 at North Carolina’s Caraway Speedway on March 11.

“I’ve never raced asphalt before,” added McLaughlin, who competes regularly with the Super DIRTcar Series on dirt. “I was at Caraway a few years ago to watch a buddy of mine race but I’ve never raced there myself.”

McLaughlin, who recently signed a development contract with Niece Motorsports in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, has had his nose to the grindstone studying for the event.

“I’ve been watching a lot of tapes,” he said. “It’s a national race for those guys so it’s not like it’s just a regular show. Some of the best in super late model racing will be there, so to beat some of those guys, you know you’re doing something right. There’s a lot of talent in that series.”

McLaughlin, 18, is optimistic going into his first race at Caraway.

“You see drivers like Kyle Busch and Chase Elliot come back and race super late models often and the regulars run right with them,” said McLaughlin. “The only way you will get better is if you run with the best. I’m looking forward to making my move to asphalt, I think it’ll be good for me.”

McLaughlin feels this race will be beneficial for him to get dialed in for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races he will be competing in with Niece Motorsports this season.

“Driving on asphalt as much as I can will help me get ready for my Camping World Truck Series debut,” said McLaughlin. “I’m thankful for this opportunity Mr. Woodman has given me. I’m looking forward to working with his team.”