Morgan-McClure Pocono race report

Morgan-McClure Motorsports No.4 KODAK MAX Film Monte Carlo RACE: 15-Pocono Raceway--6/17/01 Pocono 500 Started: 36th Finished: 21st Laps Completed: 199 of 200 Points Position: 41st , 795 points--picked up two positions Owner Points: 32nd, 1203...

Morgan-McClure Motorsports
No.4 KODAK MAX Film Monte Carlo

RACE: 15-Pocono Raceway--6/17/01
Pocono 500
Started: 36th
Finished: 21st
Laps Completed: 199 of 200
Points Position: 41st , 795 points--picked up two positions
Owner Points: 32nd, 1203 points, 224 points out of 25th position

Following a nail-biter of a qualifying effort on Friday, the Morgan-McClure Motorsports team utilized practice on Saturday to try several different set-ups in the car.

Scott Eggleston had his first run with No. 4 KODAK MAX Film Monte Carlo, serving as crew chief. Eggleston, who first saw the Monte Carlos he would be working with on Friday, improved the race car throughout the 200 lap event on Sunday.

The team went down a lap when a car stalled in turn three on lap 120. Kevin Lepage had just pitted on lap 117. On the restart at lap 125, the No. 4 Chevrolet started on the tail end of the lead lap. Luck did not play into the cards and the lap was never regained.

Eggleston joins the Kodak crew for a Goodyear tire test at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Monday and Tuesday of this week. He will also lead the crew at Sears Point Raceway during the Dodge /Save Mart 350 k in the Napa Valley.

Lepage has only raced at the 1.949 mile road course two times in Winston Cup.

Morgan-McClure Motorsports is one of only three active NASCAR Winston Cup teams to have wins on both road courses on the circuit. Morgan-McClure has one win at each (1991 with Ernie Irvan at the Glen and 1992 with Irvan at Sears Point). Hendrick Motorsports and Roush Racing are the other two active teams with wins posted at both venues.

Larry McClure quotes

"We almost had a top-20. I think the No. 8 took on tires there at the end and he passed us with a lap or two to go. We had figured our fuel mileage to the drop, because we ran out on the warm down lap.

"Eggleston did a good job for us. We were pleased with his strategies. We will move on to next week with hopes of another good run.

"A provisional comes back to us next week after we attempt to qualify. Maybe we can keep it as a cushion for a few weeks."

Kevin Lepage quotes

"I was comfortable working with Scott during the race. He made some gutsy calls on changes to the car, but they worked.

"We are real hopeful that Scott will decide to stay with the team and continue to build the chemistry. I think he is a positive addition to the entire team We had a good outcome for last weekend.

"The tire test has gone well today (Monday). Scott has exceptional leadership qualities and the guys enjoy working with him."

Scott Eggleston quotes

"This is a great bunch of guys. They are down to earth and easy to work with. I am going to continue with the team at Sears Point. I think following the weekend, Larry and I will sit down and talk some things over.

"We both need to be certain that this is the right combination for everyone. I am enjoying working with the Kodak crew and Kevin."

-MMM-

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Ernie Irvan , Kevin Lepage
Teams Hendrick Motorsports