McClure and Skinner part ways

CONCORD, NC - Mike Skinner and team Morgan McClure Motorsports have ended their relationship as of this morning. Skinner had driven the No. 4 Kodak Pontiac since 2002, with mediocre results. Skinner's best finish this season was an 11th at ...

CONCORD, NC - Mike Skinner and team Morgan McClure Motorsports have ended their relationship as of this morning. Skinner had driven the No. 4 Kodak Pontiac since 2002, with mediocre results.

Skinner's best finish this season was an 11th at Darlington, but he has ten finished of 30th or worse. In 2002, Skinner garnered only one top-ten finish, coming home sixth at the fall race in Rockingham.

"We feel it is necessary to perform better for our race team and for our sponsor, Kodak," said Larry McClure."We appreciate Mike's efforts in the car, but it is time for a change."

Previous to joining Morgan-McClure, Skinner piloted the No. 31 RCR Chevy for five years. Despite being a two-time Craftsman Truck series champion and 1997 WC Rookie of the Year, Skinner has never scored a win in the sports top series.

The team has been struggling and stated a few weeks ago that they needed to try and work on communication. Skinner, however, failed to qualify for Sunday's Michigan race. That miscue may have sealed his demise.

Morgan-McClure named no replacement for Skinner, but with driver John Andretti now available a week before a road course race; he seems a likely pick.

Mike Skinner was unavailable for comment.

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Mike Skinner