Mike Skinner and the Morgan-McClure Motorsports crew turned in a stellar performance during the Pepsi 400. The No. 4 Kodak MAX Film Monte Carlo consistently ran the fastest laps of the race. On lap 37 of the 160-lap event, Skinner had logged a...
Mike Skinner and the Morgan-McClure Motorsports crew turned in a stellar performance during the Pepsi 400. The No. 4 Kodak MAX Film Monte Carlo consistently ran the fastest laps of the race. On lap 37 of the 160-lap event, Skinner had logged a fast lap (48.34) of the race to that point.
The pit crew, led by crew chief Chris Carrier, performed pit stops that gained positions on pit road each stop. During a yellow flag stop on lap 60, Skinner brought the Kodak-yellow Chevrolet into the pits for service in 16th spot. Following a 4 tire, fuel stop with adjustments, the over the wall guys had sent the car back onto the track in 9th, gaining 7 spots with the speed of their stop.
The team was running ninth when misfortune struck. Skinner, a master at avoiding wrecks, had nowhere to go when he was caught up in an accident on lap 135. The machine was destroyed beyond repair. Skinner had to end the race by a trip to the infield care center, where he was checked out and released with minor pains.
"We had an awesome race. It is unfortunate that veteran drivers don't use their heads more in situations like this. I think one guy was blocking and another forgot he had a brake pedal. He could have used patience and the brake pedal to avoid taking other guys out of the race. We come to places like Daytona and worry about how the rookies are going to perform and stay out of trouble, but they did a great job all night. It was the veteran drivers who should have known better that were causing the wrecks.
"I cannot say enough about our pit crew. They had awesome stops all nights. Their performance was flawless by gaining spots after every stop.
"It is a shame we were in Stupidville on the track and someone else took us out of contention. Morgan-McClure Motorsports had a car to finish top-five or maybe even win."
"Everyone on the team from the driver to the pit crew had a great night. We hate that our night ended on the back of the hauler wrecked, instead of where we were capable of finishing.
"Our pit crew is probably the best out there right now. These guys have shown that they can get the job done. Their stops were nothing less than awesome Saturday night.
"I feel good about gaining each week. We are in the top-10-15 mix each race now. If we could just get some luck on our side, we would be happy."