Charlotte: Mike Skinner race report

Mike Skinner went to Lowe's Motor Speedway with high hopes of turning his bad luck around. It appeared he would do just that after posting impressive lap times during the lone practice session Friday morning. He finished practice with the ...

Mike Skinner went to Lowe's Motor Speedway with high hopes of turning his bad luck around. It appeared he would do just that after posting impressive lap times during the lone practice session Friday morning. He finished practice with the third-fastest truck.

With an average starting position of 1.5 in four NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series starts at the Charlotte, N.C., area track, Skinner and crew chief Jeff Hensley knew well how to succeed at the 1.5-mile track. Despite an ill-handling truck and an early qualifying draw, Skinner ran a lap time of 30.717 seconds. He would start fourth in that evening's 138-lap race.

The race began under the lights that night, and Skinner immediately proved the greatness of his No. 5 Toyota Tundra. He gained ground on the leader with each passing lap, and it appeared as if he would soon be in contention for the lead. However, Skinner's truck soon took a turn for the worse.

The handling of his truck became extremely loose, and Skinner did all he could to maintain his third place position. A round of green flag pit stops enabled him to pit for adjustments. The No. 5 team made trackbar and air pressure adjustments during the four-tire stop, and Skinner returned to the track hoping for an improvement in handling.

Skinner again let Hensley know that his truck was no better than before. Skinner dove down pit road during the third caution of the night. This time, the team returned the truck's set up to the way it was at the beginning of the race and added wedge.

The truck wasn't getting any better, so Skinner had to show his veteran skill. He fought his Tundra all over the track and mustered all he could to finish 10th.

-credit: bdr

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Mike Skinner