posted on Oct, 27 2004 @ 07:14 PM
jimmy spencer released
Spencer released from Morgan-McClure
October 27, 2004
07:33 PM EDT (23:33 GMT)
Little more than two days after Jimmy Spencer was arrested in his hometown of Cornelius, N.C., for allegedly interfering with local police serving a
warrant on his son, the veteran driver was released Wednesday afternoon by Morgan McClure Motorsports.
"Over the past several weeks there has been a steady and gradual improvement in the Morgan McClure racecar and Spencer has been an integral part of
this drive for success," team owner Larry McClure said.
"While his part has been greatly appreciated by everyone here at Morgan McClure Motorsports, it has been decided, by mutual agreement, that it would
be beneficial to both the team and to Jimmy Spencer to release him so that he may pursue other driving opportunities within the NASCAR Nextel Cup
After returning from Sunday's Subway 500 at Martinsville Speedway, where he finished 29th, Spencer was arrested by Cornelius police later that evening
and charged with two misdemeanor counts of interfering with a public officer, after police attempted to serve a warrant on James Spencer Jr., 18, on a
misdemeanor charge of "injury to personal property."
Spencer began the season in owner Jim Smith's Ultra Motorsports Dodge, but Smith closed down that program due to lack of sponsorship.
Spencer began driving for Morgan McClure in April at the Samsung/Radio Shack 500 at Texas Motor Speedway after McClure released Kevin Lepage as his
Spencer made 25 consecutive starts for the team, excluding the Infineon Raceway event, which the team skipped.
Spencer's best finish for MMM, which has also struggled to find sponsorship this season until securing Lucas Oil Products in the latter stages of the
season, was 17th at Dover in June, one of two top-20 finishes.
He has four top-25 starts, including both Lowe's Motor Speedway events.
McClure said the team would announce Spencer's replacement in time for the start of Friday's practice and Bud Pole Qualifying for Sunday's Bass Pro
Shops MBNA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.