No.4 KODAK MAX Film Monte Carlo
Race: No. 8 of 36--4-14-02--Martinsville Speedway
Started: 11th (qualified 12th, gained a position when the NO. 29 went to back of field)
Laps Completed: 498/500
Points: 28th, 703 points, lost two positions (29 points out of 25th)
Winston Cup Career starts for Skinner: 175
Morgan-McClure Motorsports showed the No. 4 Kodak MAX Film Monte Carlo is capable of being in contention for a win again with another strong run. In an up hill climb, the team remains optimistic about scoring a victory soon. Although Larry McClure and Mike Skinner are pleased with the progress, it seems a monkey is still hanging on with a bit of misfortunes left in his pocket.
Scott Eggleston, crew chief for the Abingdon, Va.-based team, made a decision to pit early on lap 53 during a caution. Running 18th at the time, the Kodak MAX Film pit crew serviced the car and sent it back out. Using pit strategy to gain positions, when the next caution flag waved on lap 72, Skinner stayed out on the track and restarted on lap 80 in fourth.
The No. 4 Monte Carlo remained in the top-5, making it as high as second, until lap 256. After making several adjustments during a pit stop on lap 256, the crew returned Skinner to the track in seventh spot. As track conditions changed, Skinner began battling a tight race car, along with hot conditions in the cock pit due to the cooler box ceasing to function.
Following a caution on lap 405, the team pitted and opted for a two-tire change to pick up track position. However, while leaving the pits, the No. 2 car of Rusty Wallace, who was one pit stall in front of the No. 4, hit the No. 4 Chevrolet. Skinner had returned to the track in 13th position, but had to revisit the pits on lap 412 due to a flat tire as a result of the cars colliding on pit road. The incident cost the team a lap and returned the familiar yellow Chevy to the track in the 26th spot.
Although the team's finish is not indicative of its good run at Martinsville, once again it provides a confidence booster heading into one of Morgan-McClure Motorsports' best tracks, Talladega. Talladega also happens to be the site of Skinner's best career finish of second in a Winston Cup points race.
Mike Skinner Quotes:
"We had a good race car early on and then it became way tight. Martinsville is a tough little track to battle a tight car, but even tougher when the cooler box quits working on you.
"There were a few mishaps in the pits. All in all we had pretty good day until the pit road deal with Rusty. It is frustrating to run up front most of the day and then have stupid things happen to take you out of contention."
"Talladega should be a good race for us. The team has had a tremendous amount of success at the super speedway, combined with my skills there, we could have an exciting finish if we manage to stay out of trouble."