SKINNER PULLS DOUBLE DUTY AT BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY BRISTOL, Tenn. (August 19, 2008) -- Mike Skinner takes to the high banks of Bristol Motor Speedway (BMS) for the Sharpie 500 in the ...
SKINNER PULLS DOUBLE DUTY AT BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY
BRISTOL, Tenn. (August 19, 2008) -- Mike Skinner takes to the high banks of Bristol Motor Speedway (BMS) for the Sharpie 500 in the #00 Champion Mortgage Toyota Camry this weekend, but first on Wednesday the 24-time NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series winner looks to clench another victory in his #5 Toyota Tundra.
"Winning at Bristol in 2005 was one of my favorite memories and it was just awesome," said the 1995 NCTS champion, who also captured a NCTS pole award in 1996 and a NASCAR Nationwide Series pole award in 2001 at BMS. "I'm looking forward to running both the NASCAR Craftsman Truck and Cup races this week and hopefully having strong results in both events for Toyota and all of our sponsors."
Last week, Skinner agreed to run three consecutive races for Michael Waltrip Racing and the #00 Champion Mortgage Toyota Camry team with Michael McDowell returning to the seat at Richmond International Raceway. On Saturday, Skinner focuses on topping his BMS career-best finish of seventh on the Cup side in his 17th attempt.
"The Champion Mortgage Toyota team worked really hard at Michigan and we are banking on better results Saturday night," said Skinner. "Bristol has been a great place for me. We've just got to stay out of trouble and bring home a solid finish to get the #00 back into the top 35 in owner points."
At BMS, Skinner has one top 10 and five top 20 finishes in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and he has also recorded one win, three top five and four top 10 finishes in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. With Skinner's past history at the .533-mile oval, crew chief Peter Sospenzo and his Michael Waltrip Racing team are optimistic about regaining a top 35 spot in the points as they are currently 42 points out.
"Mike has a lot of experience at Bristol and has been very competitive there in the past," Sospenzo said. "We enjoyed working with him last weekend at Michigan International Speedway. We started off good in the race, but the car went from being good to being wrecking loose. I heard from other teams that they faced the same problem. We really need a good run this weekend."