Mike Skinner's Toyota Continues to Set the Pace As Testing Concludes for May 18 Quaker Steak & Lube 200 CONCORD, N.C. (May 11, 2007) - NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series points leader Mike Skinner established himself as the man to beat when the ...
Mike Skinner's Toyota Continues to Set the Pace As Testing Concludes for May 18 Quaker Steak & Lube 200
CONCORD, N.C. (May 11, 2007) - NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series points leader Mike Skinner established himself as the man to beat when the tailgate brigade returns to Lowe's Motor Speedway Friday night, May 18, for the Quaker Steak & Lube 200 presented by Circle K.
Driving the No. 5 Toyota owned by Bill Davis, Skinner topped the speed chart for the second consecutive day as Truck Series teams wrapped up testing with a 10-hour session Friday at the 1.5-mile superspeedway.
"I honestly don't think that we are pole material," Skinner said. "We have not made one qualifying run; we've been totally in race runs. We're trying to points race a little bit and I don't think our truck is a threat for the pole. But I think it's definitely a top-five truck for the race."
Just like the day before, Skinner recorded the fastest lap during the morning session. His speed of 179.551 mph on Friday was just slightly quicker than the 179.158 mph lap that set the standard on Thursday.
Travis Kvapil was second fastest at 179.033 mph in the No. 6 Ford and Tyler Walker was third fastest at 178.915 mph in the No. 36 Toyota.
Toyotas filled out the top five with Jack Sprague fourth fastest at 178.577 mph and defending series champion Todd Bodine fifth at 178.118 mph.
Brendan Gaughan's team took an unusual approach to the testing session and will have to make a decision prior to Friday night's race.
"We have two Chevrolets here," Gaughan explained. "One has a coil-bind set-up and one has a traditional set-up. This morning one was eighth fastest and one was ninth. We couldn't tell which one we wanted to use as our primary. So, I guess that is the good thing about our Chevrolets. Either way I think we have a really good truck for the race. That is why testing is so important."
Erik Darnell spun exiting Turn 4 and hit the wall early in the morning session. His No. 99 Ford suffered damage to the rear of the truck, but he was able to drive back to the garage area. The only other accident came just four minutes before the end of the session when Matt Crafton hit the outside wall. Crafton was evaluated at the Carolinas HealthCare Infield Care Center and released.
Testing for the NASCAR Busch Series is up next as teams prepare for the CARQUEST Auto Parts 300 on Saturday night, May 26. Testing is scheduled for Monday, May 14, and Tuesday, May 15, with cars scheduled to be on the track from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. each day.
Lowe's Motor Speedway's frontstretch grandstand will be open free of charge and fans should enter through Gate 5A, located next to the main ticket office.
Tickets for all May events at Lowe's Motor Speedway, including the May 19 NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge and the May 27 Coca-Cola 600, are still available and can be purchased by calling 1-800-455-FANS or online at www.lowesmotorspeedway.com.