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Birmingham, Alabama - July 19, 2003 - J. P. Morgan of Ether, NC became the first driver to win three consecutive series races as his number 11 Monte Carlo led the field flag-to-flag at Saturday's Stock Car Championship Series (SCCS) event at...

Birmingham, Alabama - July 19, 2003 - J. P. Morgan of Ether, NC became the first driver to win three consecutive series races as his number 11 Monte Carlo led the field flag-to-flag at Saturday's Stock Car Championship Series (SCCS) event at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, AL.

Although Morgan opened up and maintained a commanding lead early in the race, a full-course caution, 90-plus degree temperatures and a broken sway bar challenged this year's SCCS points leader.

"The J&R Racing Team did a great job of getting me through this race," Morgan said. "Our initial strategy had to be revised because the race format was a little different than we are used to with SCCS."

The heat affected both track conditions and driver concentration on Saturday. When the field stopped for a mandatory 10-minute pit stop after the first 20 laps, teams rushed to get ice and liquids to the drivers and fuel to the cars before the start of the second 20-lap session.

2002 SCCS champion Chris Mitchum of Herndon, VA fought Marshall McLeod of Raleigh, NC for second place honors, overtaking McLeod on lap 37 race when the two cars connected in a corner. Mitchum's number 6 Monte Carlo suffered minor body damage, but was able to continue to the end, finishing second. McLeod's number 17 Grand Prix lost time in a spin during the incident and finished third.

"I really can't blame Chris for what happened," said McLeod after the race. "We were fighting hard for position, and he really didn't have anywhere else to go in that turn."

"This was the first time SCCS has been able to utilize our 90-minute, two-session format," explained SCCS VP of operations Dan Fite. "It provided an additional measure of excitement because the timed stop allowed teams to make adjustments to their cars and their strategies." Other SCCS events have been run as 50-minute sprints with no planned pit stops.

Finishing on the lead lap included Matt Griffin, of Clermont, FL in fourth, Roger Reuse, of Pelham, AL in fifth and Ron Read of Fairfax, VA in sixth,

The SCCS cars will have a three-month hiatus before their next confirmed event, Oct. 24-25 at BeaveRun Motorsports Complex in Wampum, PA.

<pre> Unofficial race results:

Fin  St No.  Name               HomeTown        Make/Model              Laps    Status
1    1  11   JP Morgan          Ether, NC       Chevrolet Monte Carlo   40      Active
2    2   6   Chris Mitchum      Herndon, VA     Chevrolet Monte Carlo   40      Active
3    3  17   Marshall McLeod    Raleigh, NC     Pontiac Grand Prix      40      Active
4    7  77   Matt Griffin       Clermont, FL    Chevrolet Monte Carlo   40      Active
5    6   8   Roger Reuse        Pelham, AL      Chevrolet Monte Carlo   40      Active
6    11 31   Ron Read           Fairfax City,VA Pontiac Grand Prix      40      Active
7    10 96   John Goodson       Tallahassee, FL Dodge Intrepid          39      Active
8    9  49   Barry Shipman      Hueytown, AL    Chevrolet Monte Carlo   39      Active
9    13 19   Bob Davis          Thaxton, VA     Chevrolet Monte Carlo   38      Active
10   16 20   Edward DuCoin      Cherry Hill, NJ Chevrolet Monte Carlo   37      Active
11   14 95   Chris Liesfeld     Richmond, VA    Chevrolet Monte Carlo   31      Mechanical
12   5  87   Danny Slack        Thomasville, NC Chevrolet Monte Carlo   24      Mechanical
13   4  92   Kenny Liesfeld     Montpelier, VA  Chevrolet Monte Carlo   20      Active*
14   8  99   John Martin        Cornelius, NC   Chevrolet Monte Carlo   14      Contact
15   12 79   Gary Coggins       Chelsea, AL     Ford Taurus             13      Mechanical
16   15 38   Randy Reeves       Easley, SC      Chevrolet Monte Carlo   11      Contact

* driver scored at the point of driver change

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