Homestead: Skinner wins Lap Leader title

Skinner Clinches WIX Filters Lap Leader Title for Craftsman Truck Series Biffle, Hamlin, Benson Claim Weekly WIX Filters Lap Leader Awards With one event remaining in the season, Mike Skinner has clinched the overall WIX Filters Lap Leader...

Skinner Clinches WIX Filters Lap Leader Title for Craftsman Truck Series
Biffle, Hamlin, Benson Claim Weekly WIX Filters Lap Leader Awards

With one event remaining in the season, Mike Skinner has clinched the overall WIX Filters Lap Leader title for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, while drivers Greg Biffle, Denny Hamlin and Johnny Benson won the WIX Filters Lap Leader Awards during the Nov. 11-13, 2005 NASCAR racing weekend.

Skinner claimed the 2005 Craftsman Truck Series WIX Filters Lap Leader title on the strength of six WIX Filters Lap Leader Awards, two wins and seven pole positions in 24 starts. Skinner -- who led Todd Bodine by two points in the Lap Leader standings entering last weekend's race at Phoenix International Raceway -- earned overall Lap Leader honors when Bodine failed to lead the most laps at Phoenix. With one race remaining, no driver can surpass Skinner's 2005 Lap Leader statistics.

Biffle's WIX Filters Lap Leader Award win in racing at Phoenix International Raceway was his fifth award of the 2005 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series season.

For his performance at Phoenix International Raceway, Hamlin took home the WIX Filters Lap Leader Award for the fourth time in the Busch Series this year.

In Craftsman Truck Series competition at Phoenix International Raceway, Benson earned the WIX Filters Lap Leader Award for the first time this season.

The WIX Filters Lap Leader Award is presented to the driver who leads the most laps during each race in NASCAR's NEXTEL Cup, Busch and Craftsman Truck racing series. The award includes a cash prize presented to the winning driver during a ceremony before the next race and an end-of-year payout and trophy for the driver who earns the most WIX Filters Lap Leader awards over the course of the entire season. Cash awards for the end-of-year honor are: $75,000 for the NEXTEL Cup Series; $20,000 for the Busch Series; and, $10,000 for the Craftsman Truck Series.

In order to be eligible for the WIX Filters Lap Leader Award for a single event, drivers and teams in each series must run the WIX Filters decal on the front fender and use WIX oil or air filters in their vehicles. Additionally, for any year-end payout, teams must run the decal on the front fender for every race they participate in, with an allowance for one race, and they must always use WIX oil or air filters.

New for 2005, WIX has introduced the WIX Filters Lap Leader Award contest, enabling fans to be a part of the action. The online contest encourages fans to pit their knowledge against one another and against celebrity prognosticator John Roberts, host of NASCAR This Morning and NASCAR Victory Lane, in a weekly competition to predict which drivers will win the WIX Filters Lap Leader Award in each race. Fans who participate in the online contest will compete for prizes including an all-expenses-paid trip to Las Vegas Speedway for the 2006 NEXTEL Cup race.

Fans can sign up for the contest, make picks and try to beat Roberts by visiting www.wixlapleader.com. Detailed contest rules and prize information are provided on the Web site.

WIX's relationships with professional motorsports organizations include product sponsorships for more than 40 teams in the three primary stock car racing circuits sanctioned by NASCAR. WIX is the official sponsor of the WIX Filters Lap Leader Award, which offers cash prizes for the leader of the most laps during each event within the top three NASCAR racing divisions and a year-end prize for the driver within each series who wins the most WIX Lap Leader Awards during the season.

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