Daytona 500: Morgan-McClure Friday notes 2002-02-15

The Morgan-McClure Motorsports crew, led by Scott Eggleston has experienced its share of complications since unloading in Daytona last Thursday. A finish in the top 14 of the second 125 qualifier assured the team a starting position in the ...

The Morgan-McClure Motorsports crew, led by Scott Eggleston has experienced its share of complications since unloading in Daytona last Thursday. A finish in the top 14 of the second 125 qualifier assured the team a starting position in the prestigious Daytona 500.

It has been a long, difficult road since arriving in Daytona last week. Many changes were made to the No. 4 Kodak MAX Film Monte Carlo. However, the results paid off with an impressive 10th place finish following a spin on lap 10 of the qualifying race.

Starting in the 20th spot of the 44th annual Daytona 500, the three time winners of the Super Bowl of racing feel confident about their chances for a competitive finish. Mike Skinner, driver of the familiar Kodak yellow Chevrolet, is poised for Sunday's 500 mile race.

Mike Skinner, driver of the No. 4 Kodak MAX Film Monte Carlo:
"During the 125, the ignition box went out. I reached up to switch boxes and waved the person behind me off. They must not have seen me and someone ran into the back of our car.

"We have been riding a roller coaster since unloading, mostly on the bottom. Now we are on the way back to the top. Everyone on the team has been busting their tails trying to turn this car around.

"This car is much stronger than it shows. We should be in great shape for the 500."

Bob Mayhue, manager of sponsorships for Eastman Kodak Company:
"I am really pleased with the hard work this team is doing. Mike Skinner is doing a heck of a job working with the guys . It seems everyone is gelling. There is cohesion within the members. The team has a new excitement following the finish in the 125's. It was a moral victory for Kodak and Morgan-McClure. This team really needed that finish on Thursday.

"Kodak is excited about having a new year and a new driver. We have been with this team through the good and bad times. With everything these guys were experiencing since unloading on Thursday, we feel like we are on the pole for the 500.

All of the employees at Kodak are looking forward to a great year in NASCAR Winston Cup. We are pleased to remain a sponsor with Larry McClure and everyone at Morgan-McClure Motorsports."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Mike Skinner