RACE: 26 of 36-Richmond International Raceway--9/8/01 Chevrolet Monte Carlo 400 Started: 43rd Finished: 39th Laps Completed: 237 of 400 Points Position: 39th , 1437 points in 19 starts Owner Points: 38th, 1876 points Following a ...
RACE: 26 of 36-Richmond International Raceway--9/8/01
Chevrolet Monte Carlo 400
Laps Completed: 237 of 400
Points Position: 39th , 1437 points in 19 starts
Owner Points: 38th, 1876 points
Following a disappointing qualifying effort on Friday at RIR, the team is left with no provisional starting positions until a qualifying attempt is made at Talladega Superspeedway on October 19th. Kevin Lepage, driver of the No. 4 KODAK MAX Film Monte Carlo, made an error during the qualifying run and elected not to take a second lap.
A new car from the Morgan-McClure stables showed promise during final practice on Friday. Scott Eggleston and the crew made adjustments on the car that responded well with the driver.
On lap 93 of the 400 lap event, the No. 4 KODAK MAX Film Monte Carlo had a right front tire go down and hit the wall on the exit of turn four. Prior to contact with the wall, Lepage was the fastest car on the track. Lepage immediately pitted for the team to evaluate damages to the Chevrolet. NASCAR enforced a one lap penalty for pitting outside of the pit box. The Morgan-McClure entry was pulled into the garage area for repairs.
The team had to replace a bent lower a-frame, shocks and warped rotor. Eggleston and the crew work diligently as the laps wound down. They checked camber, which did not need to be adjusted, and sent Lepage back out on the track on lap 251 in 43rd position. Four finishing positions were gained by getting back onto the track.
At least seven cars had problems of some kind with tires during the event. The No. 12 (right rear), No. 27, No. 5, No. 30 (right front), No. 43 (left front) and No. 31 (right front) had either cut tires or tires go down for unknown reasons.