Morgan-McClure, Hamilton to part ways at end of season

Morgan-McClure Motorsports and Bobby Hamilton have agreed to release each other from the contracts that bonded them through the 2001 season. The amicable decision to part ways at the end of the 2000 NASCAR Winston Cup season came about...

Morgan-McClure Motorsports and Bobby Hamilton have agreed to release each other from the contracts that bonded them through the 2001 season. The amicable decision to part ways at the end of the 2000 NASCAR Winston Cup season came about after a long discussion on a gray Friday at New Hampshire International Speedway. Hamilton, who has driven for the No.4 Kodak MAX Film team since 1998, and Larry McClure, team owner, decided it was best for both parties involved to seek other possibilities for next year. The combination won their first race together 84 races ago at Martinsville Speedway and finished the 1998 season 10th in points. In 1999, they ended the season 13th in the points battle.

LARRY McCLURE QUOTES: "Bobby and I have agreed to release each other from our contract for next year. We have the rest of the 2000 season left, and we are going to try our best to win some races together. "This is not an easy conclusion. I have much respect for Hamilton, and I think he is a talented driver. When we spend as much time together as we do, we all feel like family. "I hope him the best with his choices for next year. Kodak and Morgan-McClure Motorsports will move forward also. I have not discussed possibilities with other drivers at this point. We will get to that. All past rumors are just that, rumors."

BOBBY HAMILTON QUOTES: "This is a tough decision. I hope we are making the right one. I really like Larry McClure, and that makes this even tougher. "I would really like for us to win some of the remaining races. I think we can. The pressure is relieved some now. Both of us know where we stand. "There have been too numerous rumors to deal with. I really do not know where these things come from. At the time of mine and Larry's meeting this morning, I had no agreements with any teams. "I feel like this will be a positive move for the team and for me. I appreciate everything Morgan-McClure has done for me, and Kodak has been a great sponsor to work with. "With the way things were going, it was time for a change. I know in my heart that I will move forward and be successful, and Morgan-McClure will get another driver and be successful. "We wanted to part ways remaining friends. We will do that."

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Bobby Hamilton