Morgan-McClure Charlotte race report

Morgan-McClure Motorsports No.4 KODAK MAX Film Monte Carlo RACE: 12-Lowes Motor Speedway--5/27/01 Coca-Cola 600 Started: 32nd Finished: 35th Laps Completed: 395 of 400 Points Position: 43rd , 534 points Owner Points: 34th, 942 points, 165 points...

Morgan-McClure Motorsports
No.4 KODAK MAX Film Monte Carlo

RACE: 12-Lowes Motor Speedway--5/27/01
Coca-Cola 600
Started: 32nd
Finished: 35th
Laps Completed: 395 of 400
Points Position: 43rd , 534 points
Owner Points: 34th, 942 points, 165 points out of 25th position

The No. 4 Kodak MAX Film Monte Carlo was tight for the first part of the Coca-Cola 600. Many changes were made to combat the conditions.

The Morgan-McClure Motorsports team was penalized with a stop- and-go penalty for going to fast on pit road following a pit stop on lap 156. The penalty was on lap 159.

On lap 183, Lepage radioed in to the crew. He was sick in the car and his butt was on fire. He felt he needed a relief driver. Team members went in search of several drivers that had fallen out of the race early. The early retirees had already left the premise. Other drivers that were on hand had not practiced a Cup car and would not be allowed by NASCAR to get into the car. Finally, after convincing a member in the No. 2 pit to call Mike Wallace's cell phone, a connection confirmed he would standby as a relief driver for the ailing Lepage.

A foam cushion, placed in the driver's seat during a caution on lap 194, and plenty of Gatorade helped Lepage regain enough stamina to stay in the No. 4 Monte Carlo for the remainder of the race. Wallace left the track, again, before the end of the race to beat the traffic.

Next stop on the NASCAR Winston Cup circuit is Sunday, June 3rd at Dover Downs International Speedway in Dover Delaware. The MBNA Platinum 400 is race No. 13 of 36.

Kevin will pull double duty, attempting to compete in both the Busch Grand National and Winston Cup events at Dover Downs. <pre> Lepage's Stats at Dover Downs:

Start Finish 9-24-00 30 38 6-24-00 20 21 9-26-99 21 13 6-6-99 5 26 9-20-98 4 12 5-31-98 42 28 </pre> Kevin Lepage, driver of the No. 4 Kodak MAX Film Monte Carlo, quotes:

"I am feeling a little better today (Monday). I did burn my backside some and it hurts. Racing at Dover can be tough. We are trying to qualify the BGN car and the Cup car.

"I was checked out at the track following the race by track medical personnel. They told me to drink plenty of fluids.

"Morgan-McClure is working together as a team on finding answers to accomplish better results. We will get to where we need to be soon. We are confident about that.

"I would like to thank Mike Wallace for returning to the track to help us out. He understands how stubborn drivers can be. We appreciate his willingness to help out.

"The main concern this week is to heal. There are only a few days to get better before heading to Dover."

Mike Wallace, driver of the No. 7 Winston Cup entry, quotes

"My wife and I were still at the track in our motor home. We had family visiting and wanted them to get the complete racing experience. As a driver not competing in the race, I grew tired of sitting and watching. I decided to go home.

"We only live about five miles from Lowe's Motor Speedway. I had just walked in the door of our house, when my wife called. She told me the Kodak team was looking for me as a relief driver.

"Luckily I had my uniform and helmet with me because of an appearance in Wisconsin on Monday. I got dressed in the uniform and went back to the track. By the time I arrived to the Kodak pits, Lepage had decided to belt it out and remain in the car for the rest of the 600 mile race.

"This is not unusual. Drivers have a hard time getting out of a car, even if they are uncomfortable. A few years ago, Earnhardt had a broken shoulder or something at Bristol. His team knew he could not make it the entire race at such a physically demanding track, so they called me in for standby. Once they radioed Earnhardt and told him I was there as a relief driver, he would not get out of the car for anything. He hit the wall a few times and was all over the place, but he would not get out of that car. We cannot imagine how much pain he must have been experiencing.

"It was the same deal with Lepage. Drivers are a stubborn breed. He just decided to deal with the sickness rather than get out of the car.

"I like Larry McClure. I would help him out anytime. I have always liked the No. 4 team."

-MMM-

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Kevin Lepage , Mike Wallace