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Max McLaughlin joins dad as Watkins Glen winner

McLaughlin, the 19-year-old son of NASCAR veteran Mike McLaughlin, dominated Friday’s K&N Pro Series East race at Watkins Glen International and was declared the winner when the race was called after 34 of 41 scheduled laps due to inclement weather.

McLaughlin led every lap and at one point had run out to an 11-second lead. McLaughlin was passed on the track once – by Tanner Gray on a restart – but he retook the lead before the start of the next lap. The win is Max’s first in the KN East series. He’s in his first season driving for Hattori Racing Enterprises.

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Mike McLaughlin, Max’s dad, won the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Watkins Glen in 1997, when the series was known as the Busch Grand National Series. The Waterloo, New York, native finished just ahead of Cicci-Welliver Racing teammate Todd Bodine, a Chemung native. Frank Cicci Jr. of Elmira Heights was co-owner of that team. Max McLaughlin grew up in North Carolina but has lived in upstate New York in Weedsport the last three years. Those in attendance Friday included Max’s dad and several friends and family from Waterloo.

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