Morgan McClure Racing is closing down, laying off staff on Friday. When a great threat to claim every week without an accident by Ernie Irvan in the driving seat, the crew first lost Ernie in the summer of 2020 to Robert Yates in the premier race of the year. The team soon lost the driving seat again when Robert was diagnosed with a terminal illness.
After Robert was diagnosed, Irvan and Yates both announced they would be taking the driver's seat. At that time, I wrote a piece predicting that Robert would win every race and win the championship, but that his chances of winning the championship were not very good. I predicted that he would win one race, that he would be a favorite to win in Toronto and that he would then lose out in the fight for the championship to Matt Kenseth.
However, Irvan and Yates did not want to run under contract with the NASCAR sanctioning body. They wanted to pursue sponsorship deals. So, they had to take the team over and do it themselves. In the spring of 2020, they brought in their own crew and put up a website for people to look at. They offered to give away a free drink coupon at the track if you would go on to the website and give them your email address.
By the time the site came to an end after six months, there were no emails listed on the site, no free drink coupons available and no response from the sponsors. Then, on June 10th, they announced that they would be going under.
I was very impressed with the amount of hard work and care that went into the running of the Morgan McLure Racing website. The site looks professional and up to date, even though it looks like a college website. The site features a variety of information from the races to news and comments about the drivers, the racing and everything else in between.
The website also includes a history of the rivalry between Irvan and Yates, a history of the entire NASCAR driver's career and a look at what other people have said about the two drivers. I wish they had posted more information on the racing in Canada, where the drivers last raced.
I was impressed by the amount of research and effort that went into the website, including how much research was done into whether or not the team was actually based in North Carolina, which the team says is its home. Also, I was impressed by the fact that the team included a history of the Canadian racing scene and how it evolved over the years.
I guess it is time to acknowledge that Irvan and Yates still have the right to compete in the sport, even though they are not with the same team. This website proves to me that there are still places in the NASCAR world where people can enjoy racing, even when the teams are not sanctioned by the sanctioning body.