Mansfield: Mike Skinner race report

Mike Skinner and his No. 5 Toyota Tundra team were ready to get the ball rolling this past weekend at Mansfield Motorsports Park. Needing to start gaining ground quick in the points, Skinner knew he would have to buckle down and get it done in ...

Mike Skinner and his No. 5 Toyota Tundra team were ready to get the ball rolling this past weekend at Mansfield Motorsports Park. Needing to start gaining ground quick in the points, Skinner knew he would have to buckle down and get it done in Mansfield.

Running well at the half-mile track in the past, Skinner and crew chief Jeff Hensley showed their knowledge quickly as they hit the track running strong right out of the box during practice on Friday afternoon. As Happy Hour ended on Friday, Skinner ended up fifth on the speed charts going into qualifying.

Having captured the pole last year at Mansfield, Skinner was looking to capture his first pole of the year. However, after holding some back on his first qualifying lap, Skinner would end up in the second position for the start of Saturday's race, falling only to teammate Johnny Benson.

As the seventh race of the year would kick off for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, the drivers would show why this series is the best in NASCAR.

Skinner raced clean, but hard for the lead for the first 48 laps as he maintained his second position. With the third caution of the night coming out on lap 48, Skinner along with the rest of the front runners came to pit road. Taking four tires and fuel, as well as an air pressure adjustment, Skinner would restart the race with the rest of the leaders in the middle of the field.

Staying calm and collective, Skinner began to work his way back to the front. With cautions flying right and left as drivers would start losing their cool, Skinner showed his veteran talent well as he found himself in the top-10 by lap 80.

Running some incredible times, Skinner would start to make ground on the leaders and by lap 95; Skinner was in the third position.

Having to now save fuel in order to make it to the end, Skinner would race hard, but conservative in order to keep his position on the track. At race end he would cross the line on lap 250 in the fifth position and move himself into the top-10 in points.

-credit: bdr

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Mike Skinner