Iowa: Mike Skinner preview

SKINNER AT IOWA: Mike Skinner will be making his 196th start in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series when the green flag drops for the Lucas Oil 200 at Iowa Speedway Saturday evening. Skinner has never before competed on the .875-mile oval...

SKINNER AT IOWA: Mike Skinner will be making his 196th start in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series when the green flag drops for the Lucas Oil 200 at Iowa Speedway Saturday evening. Skinner has never before competed on the .875-mile oval located in Newton, Iowa.

PHILLIPS' CHASSIS CHOICE: Crew Chief Eric Phillips and the No. 5 Randy Moss Motorsports team will utilize chassis MDM-106 for Saturday evening's event. This particular truck is a favorite of the team and has been run at four previous races this year, including Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, The Milwaukee Mile, Memphis (Tenn.) Motorsports Park and O'Reilly Raceway Park.

TURNING TO TOYOTA OF DES MOINES: The No. 5 Randy Moss Motorsports entry will feature Toyota of Des Moines as primary sponsor this weekend. Skinner, along with the race hauler and race truck, will make an appearance Thursday afternoon at the dealership located at 4475 Merle Hay Road in Des Moines.

THOUGHTS FROM PHILLIPS: "From what everyone says, Iowa Speedway is a bit like Richmond, so we'll sort of go off of that and use the information we've got from the short tracks that we've already run this season. Thursday will be more like an actual test session than an extended practice, so we'll set up our No. 5 Toyota of Des Moines Tundra somewhat like we had it at Milwaukee earlier this year and adjust on it from there."

TWO CHANCES TO CATCH SKINNER: Fans will have two opportunities to meet Mike Skinner this week. The 1995 Series Champion is scheduled to sign autographs at Toyota of Des Moines Thursday afternoon from 3-6 p.m. CT. In addition, Skinner will join many of his fellow NASCAR Camping World competitors to sign for fans from 4-5 p.m. CT behind the Manatt grandstands at the Speedway.

THE SEASON'S STATS: The No. 5 team has posted six top-five and 10 top-10 finishes in 16 events this season, including one win, which came at Kansas Speedway in April. Skinner holds down the third spot in the NCWTS driver point standings, 96 markers behind second place and 316 points out of first.

POINT AND CLICK: Fans can continue to vote for their favorite driver for the Most Popular Driver Award through the end of October. The results of the online balloting will be announced at the NCWTS awards banquet at the end of the season. Visit www.nascar.com for more details and to cast your vote for Mike.

-credit: rmm

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Series NASCAR Truck
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