Morgan-McClure Name Crew Chief

Charley Pressley named Morgan-McClure chief WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (Aug. 7, 1998) Charley Pressley, one of the more experienced crew chiefs in NASCAR Winston Cup racing, has been named crew chief for Morgan-McClure Motorsports and the Kodak MAX...

Charley Pressley named Morgan-McClure chief

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (Aug. 7, 1998) Charley Pressley, one of the more experienced crew chiefs in NASCAR Winston Cup racing, has been named crew chief for Morgan-McClure Motorsports and the Kodak MAX Film Chevrolet team of driver Bobby Hamilton.

Team manager and co-owner Larry McClure made the announcement Friday morning at Watkins Glen International, where Pressley -- the older brother of NASCAR Winston Cup driver Robert Pressley -- was already at work preparing for Sunday's Bud at The Glen.

Charley Pressley, 43, comes to the team from Larry Hedrick Motorsports where he worked with drivers Ricky Craven and Steve Grissom. Prior to that he held the same position for Leo Jackson Motorsports and led operations for Harry Gant and his brother in 1994-95. He fills the position at Morgan-McClure Motorsports that had been held by interim crew chief and long- time M-M crewman Robert Larkins.

"I'm really excited about this opportunity and the chance to work with Bobby Hamilton and the guys at Morgan-McClure," Charley Pressley said. "This team has a great history but, most of all, they really are hungry to win. Being hungry to win puts me right there in a group of guys where I have a lot in common.

"This team has a great history and I'm looking forward to playing a part in making more history there. Bobby Hamilton is one of the top drivers in the sport and, when you combine that with one of the top teams in the sport, I'd say this Kodak MAX Film Chevrolet team is going to be going places in a hurry."

Said McClure, " Charley Pressley fills a need we had for an experienced leader who knows what it takes to make cars go fast. You look at what he has done and what Bobby has done, and you can see they are going to work together really well."

As an example, in 1996 Hamilton won one Bud Pole at Martinsville, Va., while the other was won by Craven and crew chief Pressley. Pressley's cars have captured three poles and seven total front row starting spots in his four-and-a-half-year career as a crew chief.

"We're excited about having Charley join us and obviously he is pretty excited too," McClure said. "It took less than a day before he was at the shop working, and he and Bobby have already talked a great deal about this week's Watkins Glen race and some of the races after that."

Charley Pressley, who is a native of Asheville, N.C., and his wife, Alison, will be moving to Abingdon to be close to the Morgan-McClure racing complex. His mechanical career began in his teens working for his father, Bob Pressley, one of the top weekly racers in NASCAR Winston Racing Series history.

In 142 races as a crew chief, Pressley's drivers have scored four top-five and 19 top-10 finishes. Craven scored two third place finishes in 1996, Pressley's best as a crew chief.

Source: NASCAR Online

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Bobby Hamilton , Robert Pressley , Ricky Craven , Steve Grissom , Harry Gant