Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Dream to Own Car Dies

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Dream to Own Car Dies

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LOUDON, N.H. -- Larry McReynolds' eyes were fixed on the front bumper of Mike Skinner's race car, and his attention never wavered. For minutes that seemed like hours, McReynolds computed every angle, every turn of a screw, every nut and bolt and wondered if he had missed anything.

It has been two years since McReynolds has been able to devote all of his attention to squeezing every ounce of speed out of a race car. An admitted workaholic, McReynolds has used the precious minutes away from the race shop to do the tedious groundwork of starting his own race team.

After nearly two years of trying to land a sponsorship, arranging for a new race shop and fielding questions from prospective mechanics and drivers, McReynolds will announce next week that his dream of being his own boss is dead.

Four different self-imposed deadlines for signing a sponsor for the 2000 season have come and gone. McReynolds said he's tired of sales pitches and threepiece suits. Corporate America listened and made shallow promises. Hopes were raised and dashed with regularity. One rejection led to another, then another and another.

Now McReynolds is ready to put away his demographics and spreadsheets for good and resume his 18-hour-a-day routine as the crew chief for Skinner at Richard Childress Racing.

"I just couldn't see pursuing it next season," McReynolds said. "It's been a very stressful process. Richard Childress, Mike Skinner, this race team, my family -- everybody's been very fair about this.

"I've tried to keep my priorities in order. There's no question my family has suffered because of it. This race team has certainly known the effects because they knew I was trying to do it. I don't think it would be fair to go into next season starting this process all over again. It's just been too much of an undertaking. …

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