Lepage fails to qualify at Indianapolis

Missing the Brickyard Morgan-McClure Motorsports failed to qualify for Sunday's Brickyard 400 by 5/1000ths of a second. The team, which is out of provisionals until the qualifying attempt at Bristol on August 24th, needed to beat 18 cars. When...

Missing the Brickyard

Morgan-McClure Motorsports failed to qualify for Sunday's Brickyard 400 by 5/1000ths of a second. The team, which is out of provisionals until the qualifying attempt at Bristol on August 24th, needed to beat 18 cars. When the session was over, the No. 4 Kodak MAX Film Monte Carlo had out-qualified 17 other competitors.

Earlier this year, Kevin Lepage, driver of the No. 4, and the team failed to qualify for the NAPA Auto Parts 500 at California Speedway. The first race the veteran team has missed since 1988.

Larry McClure, owner of the No. 4 Monte Carlo, quotes

"We have ourselves in this position that you have to dig deeper. We need to step up. Everyone on the team needs to step-up.

"I don't regret anything I have done this year. We are trying our best to have a better year.

"Kodak is sticking with us and trying to help us. We are working together as a team. We all realize that there are up and down times in anything we do in life. We have been through our down time for the past year or so and we are ready to go back up now.

"It is difficult to go through these situations and not get down. I am just trying to keep the team's faith up."

Kevin Lepage, driver No. 4 Kodak MAX Chevrolet, quotes

"We needed to beat 18 other cars. We beat 17. I hate it for Scott( Eggleston, crew chief) and Larry and all of the crew. Going out late hurt us.

"We backed up what we ran in practice, but it just was not good enough. Scott and I put a set-up in the car we thought would be good.

"Not making the Brickyard is probably one of the biggest disappointments of my career. This team knows what it takes to win. We are just going through a rebuilding period. Missing a race by 5/1000ths of a second is tough. We came here as a team and we will leave as a team."

-MMM-

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Kevin Lepage