Mcclure Turns To Gordon

HAMPTON, Ga. – And the winner is… Robby Gordon.

After weeks, even months of speculation, rumors, guessing, etc., Morgan-McClure Motorsports has named Gordon as the driver of its NASCAR Winston Cup Series No. 4 Kodak Chevrolet, beginning in 2001.

“Robby has made a commitment to Morgan-McClure Racing so he’s going to be our driver,” team owner Larry McClure said. “And we’ve made that same commitment to him. It was time for us to make a change, and we think Robby will be a real positive one for us. He’s popular with the race team because we had a vote and Robby was their choice."

The rumors swirling around the naming of a driver have been heavy for the past few weeks.

The team announced earlier this season that it would part ways with driver Bobby Hamilton, who will drive the No. 55 Square D Chevrolet of Andy Petree Racing.

The 2000 campaign was Gordon’s first season back in he Winston Cup ranks after a two-year hiatus. He ran 20 races with Felix Sabates in 1997, with limited success.

“I’m very excited about the opportunity to go with a team that has won a lot of races in the past,” Gordon said. “It’s just an excellent opportunity for me to go drive with a quality Winston Cup operation and try to put a good program together.”

With his own team this season, the former open-wheel standout qualified for only 16 of 34 events in the No. 13 Ford. He’s 43rd in the Winston Cup points standings with one top-10 finish. His best finish of the season came in the Save Mart/Kragen 350 at Sears Point Raceway in June.

The Kodak team’s season hasn’t gone according to McClure’s plans. Going into Sunday’s event, Hamilton was 31st in the points, with only two top-10 finishes this year.

Jeremy Mayfield was the subject of much speculation surrounding the Kodak Chevrolet, but that was as put to rest a couple of weeks ago when Mayfield announced he was definitely staying put with the No. 12 Roger Penske-owned Mobil 1 Ford.

Other drivers mentioned to possibly fill the seat included Rick Mast, Ricky Craven and Kevin Lepage.

David Ift, who was hired on an interim basis a couple of weeks ago, will remain as the full-time crew chief for the Kodak team in 2001.

Ift is a veteran of the Winston Cup Series, having won 27 races with drivers such as Darrell Waltrip and Buddy Baker.

Related Topics:

NASCAR Sprint Cup, 2000, Robby Gordon

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