Kentucky: Mike Skinner preview

SKINNER AT KENTUCKY: Skinner has competed in six NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races at Kentucky Speedway. In those six NCWTS races, Skinner has claimed one win (2007), two top-five finishes ('05 and '07) and three top-10 finishes, including...

SKINNER AT KENTUCKY: Skinner has competed in six NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races at Kentucky Speedway. In those six NCWTS races, Skinner has claimed one win (2007), two top-five finishes ('05 and '07) and three top-10 finishes, including last year's race at the 1.5-mile oval as the veteran finished in the seventh position. The 1995 Truck Series Champion has completed 880 of 904 laps competed (97.3%) and led a total of 223 laps at the Bluegrass State track. Skinner has also claimed one pole position, which came last year ('08) as he started the race from the front row.

ONE YEAR DOWN, MANY MORE AHEAD: This weekend's race at Kentucky Speedway marks the one-year anniversary of Randy Moss becoming an owner in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The NFL Wide Receiver merged with co-owner David Dollar last July, as Morgan-Dollar Motorsports became Randy Moss Motorsports. Moss won his first race as an owner in April, as Skinner drove the No. 5 Toyota Tundra to Victory Lane at Kansas Speedway.

CHASSIS CHOICE: This weekend, crew chief Eric Phillips and the No. 5 team will unload Randy Moss Motorsports chassis MDM-43. This is the third race of the 2009 season for this Toyota Tundra, as Skinner drove it to an eighth-place finish at Dover International Speedway and a fifth-place finish at Michigan International Speedway.

MOST POPULAR DRIVER: NASCAR has created an online ballot for the fans to vote for their favorite driver for the Most Popular Driver Award. Fans are allowed to vote once a day, until the polls close on October 31, 2009. The results of the balloting will be announced at the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series banquet at the end of the season. Let your voice be heard and vote for your favorite driver!

FESTIVAL OF SPEED: During the two-week hiatus in the NCWTS, Skinner and his wife, Angie took the opportunity to participate in the Goodwood Festival of Speed in England. Skinner drove a 2009 Red Bull Toyota Camry through the hills of the countryside, along with a handful of other racing drivers who were part of the event. In addition, the Skinner's visited Scotland for a few days for some sightseeing and relaxation.

SKINNER (On no repeat winners at Kentucky Speedway): "Well, we will just have to change that this weekend (laughs). We just have to continue to be on our game and there are some other trucks that are really good every week. But Eric Phillips (crew chief) has been putting me in very good stuff and we have been running awfully well. Hopefully we can figure the set-up out this weekend and get it done."

SKINNER (On the one-year anniversary of Randy Moss as a NASCAR owner): "I'm happy for Randy and it's good to be representing the team. Hopefully we can make some announcements in the next month or so of some good things about the future of the team."

SKINNER (On his experience in England, participating in the Festival of Speed): "It was absolutely awesome. It was one of the neatest things that I've ever done in my career. I went over there and drove a 2009 Toyota Red Bull Camry and was able to make some exhibition runs and do some cool burnouts. But the coolest part was seeing all the drivers from the early days and the cars from the early days, everything from Formula One cars to early Cup cars and you name it. There was a lot of neat stuff over there and we were able to spend some time with Lord March, his wife and family. It was an unbelievable event that these people put on and we could definitely learn something from that, since we don't have anything like that over here. The best part of the whole trip was when we went to Scotland and I was able to beat Jim Hunter at playing golf at the Old Course at St. Andrews. If you love golf, that was definitely something that you would have on your bucket list of courses to play at. It was beautiful and lots of fun."

-credit: rmm

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Mike Skinner , Jim Hunter