Daytona 500: Mike Skinner race report

Morgan-McClure Motorsports No.4 KODAK MAX Film Monte Carlo RACE: 1 of 36--2-17-02--Daytona International Speedway 44th Annual Daytona 500 Started: 20th Finished: 23rd Laps Completed: 190/200 Points: 23rd position, 94 points--86 points behind the...

Morgan-McClure Motorsports
No.4 KODAK MAX Film Monte Carlo

RACE: 1 of 36--2-17-02--Daytona International Speedway
44th Annual Daytona 500
Started: 20th
Finished: 23rd
Laps Completed: 190/200
Points: 23rd position, 94 points--86 points behind the leader

Competing in his sixth Daytona 500, Mike Skinner piloted the No. 4 Kodak MAX Film Monte Carlo to a solid 23rd place finish. Morgan-McClure Motorsports, determined to dig out of the hole it has been in for the past two seasons, is pleased to complete the Great American Race in the top-25.

The Calif.-native drove the Chevrolet into the top-10 by lap 6. On lap 11, Skinner was up to 5th. Then, without warning, engine troubles began and remained a problem throughout the 200-lap event.

In attempts to correct the engine problem, the Kodak crew changed plug wires, spark plugs and a carburetor during a series of pits stops from lap 85 to lap 100. None of the antidotes corrected the engine troubles, so the familiar yellow car was pulled behind the wall on lap 101. A broke rocker arm was found as the culprit and the car went back out on the racetrack on lap 105 to gain valuable points positions.

To add to the team's frustrations since unloading in Daytona last week, the No. 4 car spun after being tapped from behind on lap 137. Although, due to Skinner's driving skills, the car was saved from much damage and finished 23rd.

As Morgan-McClure looks toward race No. 2 at Rockingham, focus remains on solid finishes to bring the team within the top-25 in points standings to gain provisional starting spots. After the completion of race No. 4, 2002 points will be used to determine those positions, if needed.

Mike Skinner, driver of the No. 4 KODAK MAX Film Monte Carlo, quotes: "This car was a rocket ship at the beginning of the race. It was real strong. I was quite impressed with the way it ran. "The motor laid down somewhere in the beginning. Before that, I was standing on the brakes to keep from running over other cars. If it had held on, we would have been in the hunt for a win. "We've had some hiccups since we've been here. I think all of us have taken notes and learned from them. All of the guys dug in and worked really hard. Larry and Scott and I have to put our heads together and continue to come up with game plans to get us into victory lane. Right now, we are focused on solid finishes to keep us in the top-25. "We'll go back to the shop and prepare for Rockingham. It should be an interesting race for us."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Mike Skinner