Texas II: Pole winner interview

MIKE SKINNER , No. 5 Toyota Tundra, Bill Davis Racing Starting position: 1st * This is Skinner's 10th pole position this season, tying his 1995 NCTS record for most poles in a single season. How was your qualifying lap? "Our Tundra was real...

MIKE SKINNER , No. 5 Toyota Tundra, Bill Davis Racing Starting position: 1st

* This is Skinner's 10th pole position this season, tying his 1995 NCTS record for most poles in a single season.

How was your qualifying lap?

"Our Tundra was real good right off the trailer. We didn't really know if it was going to be a pole contender or not. I feel like this truck will race good and it has raced good here. We've raced well here at Texas Motor Speedway. I always enjoy coming here and we have a lot of friends here. It's neat -- it's just a lot of fun. I sure hope we are sitting here tomorrow night."

How much have bonus points played a part in your championship quest this year?

"It's a huge deal. Obviously, it is part of what kept us alive. We had a front tire blow out earlier in the season and it cost us a nice comfortable lead. When we've had mulligans -- when we've had problems -- Ronnie (Hornaday) seemed to finish in the top-five. That's made it awfully hard on us. If it wasn't for the bonus points, we probably would be way further down than we are now. I would really love to pick up five points for leading and the bonus points for winning tomorrow. Right now at this point in time, this thing (championship battle) is so tight that we keep going back and forth. We had it after Martinsville and then he got it last week (at Atlanta). Hopefully, it will keep going that way and we'll get it back by four or five points this week and he'll take it back at Phoenix next week. Then, we'll get it back at Homestead. That's what we are hoping for."

-credit: toyota motorsports

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Series NASCAR Truck
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