Morgan-McClure Motorsports

by Brad Berreman on January 31, 2008 @ 11:53:29 PDT


Owners - Tim Morgan and Larry McClure

Manufacturer - Chevrolet

Cars and Drivers

No. 4 (No Sponsor)

Morgan-McClure Motorsports was a one-car team in 2007 with the No. 4 State Water Heaters Chevrolet driven by former Daytona 500 champion Ward Burton. Burton made just 16 starts in 2007 and finished 47th in the Nextel Cup points standings - a struggle for sure, with zero top-10 finishes.

Burton has not announced his plans for 2008. The team may make an effort to secure Mike Wallace as the No. 4 car's driver if they can get sponsorship and field a Sprint Cup car for, at least, the Daytona 500. A new crew chief will also have to be found, as Chris Carrier has moved to the helm of former Indianaplis 500 champion and new Penske Racing South driver Sam Hornish Jr.'s crew in his rookie NASCAR season.

Equipment and Resources

Morgan-McClure has faced the reality of being a struggling one-car team in today's NASCAR. In early January, they announced that the team, based in Abingdon, Va., would lay off employees and may have to permanently shut its doors. But the door has been left open if they can find an investor or sponsorship to field a Sprint Cup car in February's Daytona 500 and hopefully beyond.

Morgan-McClure is ("was" might be the better word) the last Virginia-based NASCAR team. This circumstance provided a huge hurdle to overcome: Every other team is based in North Carolina, and much of the talent and funding in the sport is found there.

It has been quite a fall for the team that won three Daytona 500s (in 1991, 1994 and 1995) with Ernie Irvan and Sterling Marlin driving the No. 4 Kodak car in the 1990s. MMM has raced in NASCAR for 25 years, and it is truly unfortunate. For all intents and purposes, though, Morgan-McClure Motorsports is no longer open for business, and it isn't likely to present any fantasy options.

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