Morgan-McClure Motorsports; 17 down and 17 to go

The upcoming race at New Hamphire International Speedway will be the beginning of the second half of the NASCAR Winston Cup Series season. In other words, 17 down and 17 to go. Morgan-McClure Motorsports is traditionally a team which ...

The upcoming race at New Hamphire International Speedway will be the beginning of the second half of the NASCAR Winston Cup Series season. In other words, 17 down and 17 to go. Morgan-McClure Motorsports is traditionally a team which performs better on the down swing. All fingers (and toes, arms, legs, eyes, etc.) are crossed that this will be the case during the 2000 campaign. Disappointment is not even close to describing the feelings following the recent run in the Pepsi 400 at Daytona. Daytona is a track close to the heart of the Kodak MAX Film race team. Driver Bobby Hamilton radioed in to his pit crew and car owner, on lap13 by the way, that he had a tire going down in the Pepsi 400. He came into the pits on lap 15 and went a lap down, never to recover. Just as quick as the air left that cut tire, the team deflated as well. New Hampshire offers another week to regain some type of composure. Larry McClure, owner, stated that "we have another week, another track to try to do better" when asked about his outlook. Hamilton likes the track. It is a track that fits his driving style. A flat, somewhat slick surface that requires the drivers to use a lot of brakes and conserve tires. "I like racing at New Hampshire pretty good. It's my kind of track. Everybody says I'm a flat-track driver. New Hampshire is definitely a flat-track. I guess if I'd compare it to somewhere, it might be Phoenix. The banking in the corners and the size of the track are similar. However, each track races differently," the Nashville, Tenn., native said. "I really don't know what to say about this season. I think I'd sound like a broken record if I say too much. When you really get down to it and look at every race we've run, things that have happened are basically no-fault circumstances. I mean, I've complained about the motors some. I really feel like we've lost something there. But in reality, most of the problems that have happened have been out of our control. "Look at teams that have gone through slumps. Look at Earnhardt and Childress. They went through some major changes within their organization and it hurt his performance on the race track. For several years, everyone said he was a washed up driver. Now he's in contention for an eighth championship. Is that washed up? I don't believe so. "I can give a couple of examples. Another one would be Jeff Gordon. He's not top-five in the points right now and people have already pointed fingers at him. Once again that organization has gone through tremendous changes during the past year. A team has to be well organized. Well oiled, you might say. Changes with a chassis or engines or personnel, whatever, can throw a kink into things. "I'm not making excuses. But if you sit down and look at my driving record and look at Morgan-McClure's record, then you know we have what it takes to be competitive every week. To run in the top ten in points. We're in a slump right now."

Morgan-McClure/Bobby Hamilton Stats at New Hampshire

1999 Jiffy Lube 300-Started 39/Finished 16 (14th in WC points) Dura Lube/Kmart 400-Started 9/Finished 11 (14th in WC points)

1998 Jiffy Lube 300-Started 37/Finished 15 (13th in WC points) Farm Aid on CMT 300-Started 10/Finished 34 (12th in WC points)

*Hamilton's best finish at New Hampshire-third in second race of 1997 *Hamilton is 12th on money won list for the track.

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Bobby Hamilton