DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- After 25 years and three Daytona 500 victories, Morgan-McClure Motorsports appears to be out of the racing business.
The Abingdon, Va.-based race team laid off 28 employees last week and co-owner Larry McClure said without sponsorship, the team wouldn't be able to compete in its 26th Daytona 500 next month.
The decision to scale back operations was met with sadness by Sterling Marlin, who won back-to-back Daytona 500s with the team in 1994 and '95 when he and former Stockton 99 star Ernie Irvan (the 1991 Daytona winner) were running up front and collecting wins.
"We were a great race team at one time," he said. "I just think the technology and them being out of the loop by not being in Charlotte -- they were in a time warp and it hurt them some."
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The team ran last season with Ward Burton as the driver and finished 47th in points.
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