Charlotte: Mike Skinner race report

Morgan-McClure Motorsports No.4 KODAK MAX Film Monte Carlo RACE: No. 12 of 36--5-26-02--Lowes Motor Speedway Coca-Cola Racing Family 600 Started: 41st after engine change---qualified 13th Finished: 24th Laps Completed: 397/400 Points: 27th, 1040...

Morgan-McClure Motorsports
No.4 KODAK MAX Film Monte Carlo
RACE: No. 12 of 36--5-26-02--Lowes Motor Speedway
Coca-Cola Racing Family 600
Started: 41st after engine change---qualified 13th
Finished: 24th
Laps Completed: 397/400
Points: 27th, 1040 points
Winston Cup Career starts for Skinner: 179

Mike Skinner and the Kodak MAX Film Monte Carlo qualified 13th for the Coca-Cola Racing Family 600. However, due to an engine change before qualifying, the No. 4 Chevrolet had to drop to the back of the field for the start of competition on Sunday.

Lowe's Motor Speedway is one of the most weather sensitive tracks the NASCAR Winston Cup Series visits. With the 12th race of the 2002 season beginning in sunlight, Skinner tackled a treacherous loose race car until halfway. As track temperatures cooled quickly while the sun went down, Chris Carrier, fulfilling his first race as crew chief for Morgan-McClure Motorsports, tightened the car up by making tire air pressure and wedge adjustments. Track temperature at the start of the event was 123 degrees. Two hours later it had dropped to 109.

Pleased with the performance of the car in the latter stages of the longest race of the season, Skinner was able to avoid wrecks and maneuver his way into the top-20 on lap 362. By lap 390, Skinner had muscled into the 14th spot. Unfortunate luck struck when the No. 18 machine swiped the air off of the No. 4 car's spoiler. Skinner got loose and spun the car around with only three laps remaining in the show.

Mike Skinner quotes

"If we could have started the race with the car we finished it with, we would have been a force to be reckoned with. The Kodak MAX film Monte Carlo was way, way loose at the start of the race. The more we fought it, the looser it became.

"About midway, Chris Carrier and the guys tightened the car up and we were able to run with those towards the front. Chris and Scott (Eggleston) did a good job of communicating changes. We were awesome fast there at the end. I hate we got spun around."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Mike Skinner , Chris Carr