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Morgan-McClure suffers without multi-car roster

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Jeff Hammond

Jeff Hammond is a former NASCAR crew chief who led Darrell Waltrip to two of his three Sprint Cup championships. The duo also teamed up to win the 1989 Daytona 500. Prior to that, Hammond was the jackman for Cale Yarborough for all three of his Cup championships. He has 43 Sprint Cup wins as a crew chief. Follow him on Twitter.

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Greg from Fort Carson, Colo.: What do Morgan-McClure Motorsports and Scott Wimmer need to do to catch a break? How did they go from the penthouse to the outhouse on plate tracks? Jeff Hammond: I really believe that owner Larry McClure is a victim of single-car team. On numerous occasions, that organization has tried to put together a multi-car team in a great facility in Abingdon, Va. To be competitive in today's world, you have to be three, four or five teams deep to benefit from the technology, resources and information that flow through all of the teams. That's their biggest hang-up right now. Even though they're a Chevrolet team, they don't have a direct connection, and they're not as tight as they need to be. It only takes one little hiccup, and all of the sudden, you can fall behind. Morgan-McClure Motorsports was really strong in restrictor plate racing, and we saw a similar situation happen this year at Dale Earnhardt Inc. At one time, DEI cars were almost unbeatable, whether it was Michael Waltrip, Dale Earnhardt Jr. or even Martin Truex Jr. Earnhardt won the Busch race at Daytona, but he and DEI weren't a factor in the Nextel Cup race. When you're a one-car operation, you fall further and harder, and that's what we're looking at here. It's the sad, hard facts of what NASCAR has become. You've got to have a teammate, and you're better off having two teammates. If you don't have two teammates, you're basically outnumbered.

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Scott Wimmer was able to breathe a sigh of relief after making it solidly into the field at Chicagoland Speedway, turning around the team's fortunes after missing the show at Daytona. We always talk about how important it is to be good during the race. Usually, we're talking about Sunday for the Nextel Cup Series or Saturday for the Busch Series. But for a lot of teams, qualifying is the first race of the weekend (Friday, 3:30 p.m. ET on SPEED). Racing to get into the race puts a lot of pressure on teams like Morgan-McClure and the No. 4 car. They've got limited sponsorship with Aero Exhaust, and they want to make all of these races. They're out there every week, digging as hard as the Roush or Hendrick teams. I don't know that everyone quite understands and appreciates what a huge accomplishment it is for a team when they make a Nextel Cup race.


FOX race analyst Jeff Hammond led Darrell Waltrip to two of DW's three Winston Cup championships as his crew chief. They also teamed to win the 1989 Daytona 500.

For autographed copies of Jeff Hammond's new book "Real Men Work in the Pits" plus magnets, hats and more, check out www.dwstore.com.

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