Lepage/McClure quotes on Martinsville

The familiar yellow car will need a new body, but that is okay with Larry McClure, owner of the No. 4 KODAK MAX Film Monte Carlo. It placed 18th after beginning the Virginia 500 at Martinsville Speedway in the 42nd position. Picking up 24 spots in...

The familiar yellow car will need a new body, but that is okay with Larry McClure, owner of the No. 4 KODAK MAX Film Monte Carlo. It placed 18th after beginning the Virginia 500 at Martinsville Speedway in the 42nd position. Picking up 24 spots in the race and two places in the drivers' points was well worth a damaged Chevrolet to take back to team headquarters in Abingdon, Va.

Kevin Lepage, driver of the No. 4 KODAK MAX Film Monte Carlo, quotes "We had a good car today, but I got into trouble early on lap 57 when the No. 27 spun up in turn two. Our front end got bashed in pretty good and the rear did too. We had a bit of an overheating problem all day, because of that. It never became severe enough to hurt us. "We had some good pit strategy. There at the end, I think we had a tire going down. We lost a bunch of positions. It is sad. I believe we could have pulled a top-10 out. These couldas and wouldas are with us every week right now. Pretty soon, we will pull one off that shows the true talent and performance of the Kodak team. We are still pleased with three top-20 finishes in a row. I am happy with this deal. It is fun working with these guys. "I will race in Nashville next week in the Busch race. The new speedway is a nice facility. Then we will get ready to go to Talladega. I am looking forward to driving the No. 4 power plant there. "Martinsville was hot. The traffic was difficult to work through all day. On several occasions, we got behind a lap car that simply would not let us pass. Overall it was a good run. At least I know I am the car at Talladega. "We are trying to negotiate a deal now. We will talk some next week and see what we can work out."

Larry McClure, owner of the No. 4 KODAK MAX Film Monte Carlo, quotes "I guess it is a little disappointing to come in 18th after being around the top-10 for most of the day. This team had a good car with a good engine. We had a tire going down at the end of the race. Kevin drives the wheels off of it. He gets behind and he just keeps digging. "We had to make some strategic pit calls and make up a bunch of positions early on, but then we stuck in there. I can say it feels good to see this car running up front again every week. We have received a lot of positive response from our fans and our racing community. The outpouring of support for this team is a boost to our morale. "Moving on to Talladega will be nice. We usually have good runs there, so we look forward to competing in the DieHard 500 in two weeks. "As for Kevin, he continues to do an incredible job for this team. He gets along really well with all of the crew. We will sit down and discuss the future sometimes during the next week or so."

-MMMKodak-

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Kevin Lepage