Dover: Mike Skinner race report

Mike Skinner has had one goal here recently and that goal is top-10 finishes. Having some bad luck at the beginning of the year, Skinner and his No. 5 Toyota Tundra have dug deep and fought hard to get themselves back in the top-10 in the NASCAR...

Mike Skinner has had one goal here recently and that goal is top-10 finishes. Having some bad luck at the beginning of the year, Skinner and his No. 5 Toyota Tundra have dug deep and fought hard to get themselves back in the top-10 in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series points.

Skinner and his crew were fast right out of the box on Thursday afternoon at the Dover International Speedway. Even with many different changes on his Tundra, Skinner still managed to be a top the boards at the end of the practice sessions and was looking forward to qualifying.

Not yet capturing a pole this year, Skinner and his team were itching at the chance to be on top. Running a 23.165 second lap, Skinner would capture his first NCTS pole of the 2008 season, the second in a row at Dover.

As the race would get underway Saturday afternoon, Skinner would lead the field to the green flag. With his truck immediately becoming tight, Skinner would fight his truck on the track while maintaining a second place position until the caution flag would wave on lap 50.

Skinner would dive down pit road for four tires, fuel, a trackbar and a wedge adjustment. With the air hose breaking on pit road, Skinner and his No. 5 Tundra crew would be forced to take more time on pit road than normal, therefore putting them in the 19th position for the race restart.

Having to now drive his way to the front on a very hard to pass racetrack, Skinner would use his veteran driving skills and start passing trucks one by one. However with Skinner having to check up due to a wreck in front of him, he would acquire some damage to his No. 5 Tundra forcing him to come back to pit road for repairs.

As the race continued, Skinner would fight not only the damage to his front end, but an extremely tight truck as well. He would buckle down and drive hard for the remainder of the race and bring home a great finish.

Skinner would cross the finish line in the seventh position, which vaulted him up yet another spot in the NCTS points.

With BDR teammate Scott Speed winning the race and all three BDR trucks finishing within the top-10 yet again, the truck trio looks to be the force to reckon with heading into the ninth race of the season.

-credit: bdr

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Mike Skinner , Scott Speed