Morgan-McClure Bristol II race notes

Kevin Lepage and the crew worked throughout the early stages of the race on adjusting the No. 4 Chevrolet. On lap 134, Lepage slipped by a wreck in turn four with minor damage to the right front panel of the car. When the caution flag waved for...

Kevin Lepage and the crew worked throughout the early stages of the race on adjusting the No. 4 Chevrolet. On lap 134, Lepage slipped by a wreck in turn four with minor damage to the right front panel of the car. When the caution flag waved for the eighth time on lap 148, the Morgan-McClure Motorsports team was in 13th position. A record for the night event at Bristol was set with 16 cautions.

Kevin Lepage led the race from laps 236-245 for a total of ten laps. It was the first time Lepage has led a race since October 8, 2000 at Lowe's Motor Speedway. The laps led were the first for Morgan-McClure Motorsports since October 15, 2000 at Talladega with driver Bobby Hamilton.

The 13th place finish was the second best of the year for Morgan-McClure. Lepage finished during the April event at Texas in 11th place. It was also his second best effort at Bristol. His best finish at the half-mile oval is 10th in August, 1988.

In his 17th start with the Abingdon, Va., based team, Lepage kept a streak alive of laps completed (more than five races) at Bristol. He has completed 99.0% of laps during eight Winston Cup starts at the track.

The Morgan-McClure Motorsports team gained a provisional starting spot at Bristol. The next provisional will be awarded following a qualifying attempt at Talladega Superspeedway on October 21.

Kevin Lepage, driver of the No. 4 Kodak Max Film Monte Carlo:
"What a great evening for us. Bristol is Morgan-McClure's home track. We came here and led a few laps, finished on the lead lap and improved on what we did here in the Spring race.

"Scott Eggleston, Larry McClure and the entire Morgan-McClure team, I just cannot say enough about them. They did a super job. They had great pit calls and good chassis adjustments. The car went away with about ten laps to go or we could have picked up a couple more spots.

"This is the way this team should be running. I am real happy. Maybe this was our place to turn around. Larry thought Michigan was, but maybe this was our place to turn this deal around and get back to the front.

"Pitting on the backstretch hurt us some. We just out-smarted the others a few times. We put tires on a couple of different times and the others stayed out. That gave us track position later on. Then we used the better tires to work our way up through the pack a couple of times.

"We have momentum going into Darlington now. I really like that track. I have been successful there in the past and so has the team. We are looking forward to a great run next week."

Larry McClure, owner of the No. 4 KODAK MAX Film Monte Carlo:
"We learn something all of the time. We used an old car, one that we ran at Darlington in the Spring. Lepage did a good job for the team. Pitting on the backstretch hurt us some. We had to pay the price for that by losing about five spots every time we pitted.

"The guys had great pit stops. Eggleston did a terrific job. Lepage got up on the wheel when he needed to. We did all we could do tonight. He got out of the car all it had.

"We need something to build on. We have been finishing 38th and so on and that is not why I am here. That is not why Kodak is here. We come here to race. We hope everyone got there money's worth tonight. It was a great time. The team needed it, now we need to build on the finish and become consistent again. We always love racing at Bristol. Now we look forward to Darlington next week."

-MMM

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Bobby Hamilton , Kevin Lepage