Rockingham: Morgan-McClure Motorsports preview

Morgan-McClure Motorsports ready for new engine rule at The Rock Morgan-McClure Motorsports, preparing to tackle the upcoming race at North Carolina Speedway, hopes to build on the 23rd place finish from Daytona. Some uncertainty surrounds ...

Morgan-McClure Motorsports ready for new engine rule at The Rock

Morgan-McClure Motorsports, preparing to tackle the upcoming race at North Carolina Speedway, hopes to build on the 23rd place finish from Daytona. Some uncertainty surrounds competing in the Subway 400 at the 1.017-mile oval because of a new NASCAR engine rule being enforced for the first time.

Teams will be required to qualify, practice and race with the same engine. If an engine must be changed outside of those specifications, the car will drop to the back of the starting line-up on raceday.

Mike Skinner, driver of the No. 4 Kodak MAX Film Monte Carlo:

"Rockingham has been good and bad to me. I am looking forward to competing at a down force track with this team. Hopefully we will go into this race with fewer struggles than we experienced at Daytona. I like Rockingham, we just need to step up and continue to improve on this team. It is a challenge I look forward to accepting.

"As for the one-engine rule that will be enforced for the first time at The Rock, it should be interesting. I think the guy with a good engine program will fair well, while the guys who struggle with their engines will still do so. In other words, not much will change. A couple of teams have great qualifying motors, but are not as competitive on race day. Others are vice versa. Then there are teams like Yates, who are pretty much on the money for qualifying and racing with their engine program.

"I have little past knowledge of Morgan-McClure's engine program, so hopefully the new rule will be a positive for us. The guys in the engine room can focus on giving the No. 4 Kodak MAX Film Monte Carlo dependable pieces to carry us through the races in competitive form."

Larry McClure, owner of the No. 4 Kodak MAX Film Monte Carlo:

"We are going to Rockingham to build on our 23rd place finish. It is imperative for us to have solid runs in the next three races. Morgan-McClure needs to get ourselves out of the compromising situation we are in from finishing 37th in points last season. The guys are working hard on the cars at the shop. The Rock has been a good track for the No. 4 Kodak MAX Film Chevrolet. We feel confident about competing there with Skinner. I feel confident about competing anywhere we go with Skinner behind the wheel.

"There are many unknowns about the new engine rule in place for The Rock. It may not have an affect at all. We are approaching the new rule with a trial and error theory. We are not going to over tach the engines or over compensate.

" The major change is supplying the back-up car with a top-notch engine. A practice engine usually travels in the back-car. Now we are in a position to keep an engine, which will perform right off the hauler, in the secondary car.

"We are prepared to make adjustments to the engines if complications arise at Rockingham. This team will move into the 2nd race of the year with hope and a positive attitude."

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Mike Skinner