Michigan: Mike Skinner preview

SKINNER AT MICHIGAN: Skinner has competed in six NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races at Michigan International Speedway. In those six NCWTS races, Skinner has recorded three top-five finishes and four top-10 finishes. Skinner has also claimed...

SKINNER AT MICHIGAN: Skinner has competed in six NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races at Michigan International Speedway. In those six NCWTS races, Skinner has recorded three top-five finishes and four top-10 finishes. Skinner has also claimed two pole positions, most recently last year in 2008 and also in 2006. The 1995 Truck Series Champion has completed 601 of 602 laps competed (99.8%) and led a total of 67 laps at the 2.0-mile track. Skinner's average starting position is 5.0 and his average finishing position is 7.7. In addition, Skinner has raced in 16 Nationwide Series events in the Irish Hills, along with three Sprint Cup Series races.

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

DOUBLE DUTY: Skinner will once again attempt to qualify the No. 36 Toyota Camry for Tommy Baldwin Racing in the Sprint Cup Series race this weekend at Michigan International Speedway. The Daytona Beach, Florida resident will participate in 16 more races this season for the independent team.

PREVIOUS RACE RECAP: Last week, Skinner and his No. 5 Exide Batteries Toyota Tundra team captured their sixth top-10 finish of the 2009 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule, as the Randy Moss Motorsports crew finished in the 10th position after being caught a lap down due to green-flag pit stop strategies. Skinner is currently third in the NCWTS championship point standings, 39 points behind leader Matt Crafton and only nine points behind second-place Ron Hornaday Jr.

SKINNER (On racing at Michigan International Speedway): "Well, I'm excited to head to Michigan this weekend. Eric (Phillips, crew chief) and all of my guys on this No. 5 Randy Moss Motorsports Toyota team do a wonderful job of giving me good trucks to drive every week and I know that this week will be the same. Our team had a decent run last week in Texas but I think that we can perform better than that. It takes a lot to win one of these Truck Series races and I know that we can do it again."

-credit: rmm

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Mike Skinner , Ron Hornaday Jr. , Matt Crafton , Tommy Baldwin
Teams Tommy Baldwin Racing