Rockingham: Mike Skinner race recap

Morgan-McClure Motorsports No. 4 KODAK MAX Film Monte Carlo Race Report RACE: 2 of 36--2-24-02--North Carolina Speedway Subway 400 Started: 24th Finished: 36th Laps Completed: 363 of 393 Points: 33rd position, 149 points--178 points behind the...

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

RACE: 2 of 36--2-24-02--North Carolina Speedway
Subway 400
Started: 24th
Finished: 36th
Laps Completed: 363 of 393
Points: 33rd position, 149 points--178 points behind the leader
Money Won: $39,050.00

Morgan-McClure Motorsports decided to make major changes to the No. 4 Kodak MAX Film Monte Carlo following the final practice session on Saturday. The team devised a strategy to rework the Chevrolet even more on Sunday morning at The Rock.

Mike Skinner, in his 169th career Winston Cup start, communicated car changes to crew chief, Scott Eggleston, during the first half of the 400-mile event. By lap 233, the car was easily able to run with those in the top-10. However, after moving up into the 23rd position, engine failure plagued the team. Skinner pulled the Monte Carlo into the garage to end the day on lap 363.

Before heading out to Las Vegas for the next race, Skinner and his Morgan-McClure posse will complete a test session at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Monday and Tuesday. Several crewmembers drove straight to Atlanta at the conclusion of the Subway 400 in Rockingham.

Mike Skinner, driver of the No. 4 Kodak MAX Film Monte Carlo: "We changed a tremendous amount of stuff on the car Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning. We just missed the set-up. Scott and I had a bit of a mix-up in relaying the attitude of the car, so it took the first part of the race to get it to where it wanted to cooperate on the track.

"I would like to praise the engine guys. They worked their tails off Saturday changing the intake and various other components of the engine around. We hate the engine gave way. It did not give a sign, it just broke.

"There is improvement each week in certain areas, but there is still room for much more. We are going to put forth extra effort at the Atlanta test."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Mike Skinner