Morgan/McClure Martinsville preview and driver search update

Larry McClure, team owner and manager of Morgan-McClure Motorsports, has a full plate on his hands. Not only is he focusing on the upcoming tracks which could bring a victory to the No. 4 Kodak MAX Film team, he has his team testing in ...

Larry McClure, team owner and manager of Morgan-McClure Motorsports, has a full plate on his hands. Not only is he focusing on the upcoming tracks which could bring a victory to the No. 4 Kodak MAX Film team, he has his team testing in preparation for the last seven races (of which Bobby Hamilton has won at three of the tracks). If that is not enough to contend with, McClure is caught in the middle of a driver search to pilot the familiar Kodak colors in 2001. Despite rumors of several different drivers being signed to the team over the past two weeks, a decision has not been made. However, calls have been accepted from interested drivers in every racing division across the country. The team remains focused on a win during the 2000 season. Through a mutual dedication to one another, Hamilton and McClure have vowed to give each other one more win before parting ways in Atlanta. They tested at Greenville-Pickens Speedway this week. Hamilton is no stranger to victory lane at Martinsville. He visited it with a truck series win in April. He won the Winston Cup event from the pole in April 1998 (his and Morgan-McClure's latest victory). He would like to add another Martinsville trophy to his collection. Bobby Hamilton quotes on Martinsville "We tested for two days at Greenville-Pickens in preparation for the upcoming Martinsville race. I feel confident going into the race that we can win. I would like to win for the team, especially for Larry. "I realize many people probably think I am just a lame duck right now, but this team is trying hard for a win. I want to give it to them. I have had success at Martinsville. Rainy Mondays seem to suit me pretty good there. Is it supposed to rain this weekend? "If we can keep the nose clean and protect the brakes, we should have a good run. You can get caught up in a scuffle on the racetrack and tear up the nose of the car. When this happens, more heat gets into the brakes. "A good qualifying run would be great. If you can get out front, it eliminates most of the wreck and brake worries. I plan to give it all I have to try to win."

Larry McClure quotes "We have many good opportunities coming up to win a race in 2000. It would be good for the team, driver, and Kodak. We are going for it. "I know everyone is eager to find out who is going to drive the No. 4 car next year. I have done some interviews and talked to several drivers. I guess you might say we are weighing the options. "It has been somewhat of an exciting process. I have to admit, I did not even realize some of the racing divisions that exist out there. I have people around me that are familiar with them and can give some advice. I have talked to drivers from all over the country in every kind of racing division imagined. "We are looking at veterans and at fresh, young drivers. Since changes are being made, I want to take this team to the next step up. I can guarantee that we will not have another year like we experienced this season. "An announcement could come as soon as this week or it could come in several weeks. I just do not have the answer yet. I think it is interesting to see all of the rumors of drivers that we have signed in the past two weeks. I believe we are up to a three, well maybe four, car team by now. "It is gratifying, especially after this season, to see the interest in this team. Many decisions have to be made, but my focus is on the remaining races of 2000. "A win is what we need to take some momentum into next year. Besides, I promised Hamilton a restrictor-plate race when he came to drive for me. I try to keep my promises."

<pre> Morgan-McClure/Hamilton Stats at Martinsville 2000 Spring--St. 10th/Fn. 18th 1999 Fall--St.30th/Fn. 30th 1999 Spring--St. 24th/Fn. 33rd 1998 Fall--St. 19th/Fn. 14th 1998 Spring--St. 1st/Fn. 1st

Hamilton Stats for all races at Martinsville 04/09/2000 10 18 10/03/1999 30 30 04/18/1999 24 33 09/27/1998 19 14 04/20/1998 1 1 09/29/1997 22 3 04/20/1997 8 2 09/22/1996 1 3 04/21/1996 21 6 09/24/1995 12 4 04/23/1995 6 8 09/25/1994 29 13 04/24/1994 15 13 04/25/1993 9 33 09/26/1992 25 28 04/26/1992 31 13 09/22/1991 11 17

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Bobby Hamilton