Morgan-McClure Motorsports sets it straight

Add one more to the long list of bazaar happenings. The list, which has been compiled throughout the 2000 race season by Morgan-McClure Motorsports, includes some of the strangest things to ever happen to the 17 year-old team based in...

Add one more to the long list of bazaar happenings. The list, which has been compiled throughout the 2000 race season by Morgan-McClure Motorsports, includes some of the strangest things to ever happen to the 17 year-old team based in Abingdon, Va. Towards the end of the Monte Carlo 400 in Richmond, Va., Bobby Hamilton, driver of the Kodak MAX Film Chevy, was sitting in the lounge of the team hauler watching the last remaining laps on television. He had retired from the race with what he thought to be a blown engine, like several other teams in the Winston Cup garage. He waited on a fellow driver, who was catching an airplane ride home, to finish the race. However, the problem that knocked the yellow Monte Carlo out of competition was not a broken engine. Instead, a cut radiator hose (made of Firestone rubber) was the culprit. Something came off of the race track and cut the hose. This torched the head between the exhausts, causing water to get into the intake. Therefore, overheating was the problem for dropping out of the race on lap 215.

Larry McClure Quotes

"We tried a new chassis at Richmond. Obviously, all of the kinks were not worked out. Hamilton tackled an ill handling race car all evening. Then we had the problem with the radiator hose. "I guess I'm getting on the defensive here. Last week someone walked up to me and asked me about the team being for sale. It seems there are a different set of rumors each week to deal with now. I laughed and told them that if the price was right (which would take a huge amount), let's make a deal. Of course, there wasn't even the slightest nibble. "This team works hard. We have some things we are updating. But, I really believe a team can get so far down that they start digging for anything they can to turn things around. I feel like we are at that point now. Somehow we have lost some of the basics. Every week, we try this and that. These things just aren't working. Some of the changes are fine, but we are reaching on some of them. "This team has been successful in the past. Everyone seems to think that we have forgotten how to race all of a sudden or that we have forgotten how to build engines or run a race team. We have not forgotten these things. Yes, we have some issues to work out. We are going back to some of the basics instead of digging for miracle cures."

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