Darlington: Morgan-McClure Motorsports race report

Morgan-McClure Motorsports No.4 KODAK MAX Film Monte Carlo Race: No. 5 of 36--3-17-02--Darlington Raceway Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 Started: 29th Finished: 20th Laps Completed: 290/293 Points: 31st, 392 points HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO LARRY MCCLURE...

Morgan-McClure Motorsports
No.4 KODAK MAX Film Monte Carlo
Race: No. 5 of 36--3-17-02--Darlington Raceway
Carolina Dodge Dealers 400
Started: 29th
Finished: 20th
Laps Completed: 290/293
Points: 31st, 392 points

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO LARRY MCCLURE THIS WEEK!
Team owner Larry McClure celebrates a birthday on Thursday, March 21. (A win at Morgan-McClure's home track, Bristol Motor Speedway, would be a nice belated birthday present.)

The "Luck of the Irish" did not find its way into the No. 4 Morgan-McClure Motorsports pit until late in the day during the fifth race of the 2002 NASCAR Winston Cup season. Mike Skinner, driver of the Kodak MAX Film Monte Carlo, picked up 11 positions by lap 7 of the event.

Following a pit stop, because of a caution on lap 38, Skinner's machine became too loose to handle. As a result, the car fell back in the field, until Scott Eggleston, crew chief for the team, made a decision to bring the ill-handling car in for a pit stop. An equalized left rear tire was the culprit.

Correction of the problem resulted in a fast racecar, once again. Throughout the latter part of the 400-mile event, Skinner was able to produce lap times as fast as, and at times faster than, the leader.

Mike James, Jackman for the No. 87 BGN entry, served as Jackman on race day for the recuperating Tony Cardamone, who suffered a cracked shin last week. Cardamone, who was present at the track, should be able to return to his regular duties next weekend at Bristol.

The next race on the schedule at Bristol Motor Speedway is site of Morgan-McClure's first NASCAR Winston Cup win in 1990 with retired driver Ernie Irvan. Considered the Abingdon, Va.-based team's home track, it is located only 30 minutes from team headquarters.

Mike Skinner Quotes:
"I am excited and disappointed at the same time. I'm truly disappointed because the Kodak MAX Film Monte Carlo should have finished in the top-10. We had a problem with an equalized tire early on and got out of sequence on our stops. Bad luck hit us early and there was nothing we could do about it.

"I'm excited about finishing 20th. I know that moves us up in points. The car and team were way better than 20th place today. There at the end we were running with the No. 48 and the leaders with no problem. We did not catch the break we needed to regain lost laps.

"Our pit crew was awesome today. They performed pit stops with precision the entire day. I'm really proud of the progress these guys have made. They gained spots after pit stops for the No. 4 Chevy.

"We are still lacking in communication some. There is a little inability to adjust the car to what works for me. Every week, we gain on it. Having a car which I know could have been competitive for a top finishing spot makes me look forward to racing at Bristol that much more."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Ernie Irvan , Mike Skinner