Morgan-McClure switches key personnel

Abingdon, Va.--May 27, 2002--In an effort to strengthen the veteran race team, Morgan-McClure Motorsports shifted duties of key personnel. Effective this past weekend at Lowe's Motor Speedway, Chris Carrier moved into the crew chief role, while ...

Abingdon, Va.--May 27, 2002--In an effort to strengthen the veteran race team, Morgan-McClure Motorsports shifted duties of key personnel. Effective this past weekend at Lowe's Motor Speedway, Chris Carrier moved into the crew chief role, while Scott Eggleston will gain the responsibilities of Team Manager/Technical Director.

Larry McClure, owner of the NASCAR Winston Cup team which fields the NO. 4 Kodak MAX Film Monte Carlos, held the position of Team Manager. In stepping out of the role, he will focus more on owner and motor-room related items.

Scott Eggleston, who joined the team last year for the first Pocono race, quotes:

"The change is something Larry and I had talked about doing since the end of last year. Chris Carrier was brought aboard to help move the process along.

"There was no one to focus on development work. The team needs to look toward the future. In the Crew Chief position, I could not travel to all of the races, evaluate people, work on the cars and prepare for next year. In order to get ahead of the game in this business nowadays, preparations for the upcoming year need to begin about mid-season. We want to be ahead by the end of this year. It is all in preparing and planning.

"I will still travel to the race track each week. I'll be here to work closely with Chris. We hope to relieve some of the decision-making from Larry to free him up some. He wants to focus more on team strategies, which is important."

Chris Carrier, who joined the team earlier this year, quotes

"Larry felt like we, as a team, needed to look toward the future. Scott's abilities will let him fulfill duties as a Technical Director/Team Manager and help provide guidance in areas we might have been lacking in.

"Mike Skinner and I had worked together as driver/crew chief before. Skinner drove the No. 15 Busch Grand National entry for Andy Petree Racing in 2000. He drove the car for about 6 or 7 races. We communicated real well with each other and had thought alike in many areas.

"This switch made sense. In a way, nothing really has changed at the track. Scott and I had been communicating on race strategy and changes to the car. It will remain the same. Giving us more responsibilities will help take some off of Larry. We think it will better utilize all of the talent he has within the team. Larry is a great businessman. This is just a smart business move on his part.

"I told Larry when I came aboard that I wanted to make a difference with this race team and be productive. Hopefully we can park the No. 4 Kodak MAX Film car back in victory lane soon. We have been so close so many times this year. Our finishes certainly have not reflected how close this team has been to a win and a couple of top-five and top-10 finishes."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Mike Skinner , Andy Petree , Chris Carr