Texas: Mike Skinner race report

Mike Skinner and his No. 5 Toyota Tundra crew headed into Texas Motor Speedway looking for a good finish and with Texas being one of Skinner's favorite and best tracks, the crew was ready to get things underway on Thursday morning. Running ...

Mike Skinner and his No. 5 Toyota Tundra crew headed into Texas Motor Speedway looking for a good finish and with Texas being one of Skinner's favorite and best tracks, the crew was ready to get things underway on Thursday morning.

Running decent in both practice sessions on Thursday, but needing more speed on the racetrack, Skinner and crew chief, Jeff Hensley made a lot of changes to the No. 5 Tundra in order to be ready to race well.

Going out early in the qualifying order, Skinner and his crew knew they had to get all they could out of their lap. Running a 30.647 second lap, Skinner would put himself in the second position for the start of the race on Friday night.

As the green flag waved under the Texas Motor Speedway lights, Skinner almost instantly let his team know that he was loose on the bottom of the track and was having to run the high side. Therefore when the first caution flag of the night would wave on lap 34, Skinner would come to pit road for adjustments. Taking four tires, fuel, a trackbar and an air pressure adjustment, Skinner would restart the race in the third position on lap 38.

Trying to now maintain his position on the racetrack, Skinner's Toyota Tundra would now become too tight. As the next caution would come out on lap 62, Skinner would once again come to pit road. Taking four tires, fuel, a trackbar and an air pressure adjustment yet again, Skinner would restart ninth this time around.

With his truck still real tight and now having to let off the gas in order to drive it into the corners, Skinner would become frustrated as he would try to stay within the top-10.

Driving hard and digging deep, Skinner would once again let his No. 5 Tundra crew know that he had no grip and it was now super tight off. As the fourth caution of the night would come out on lap 114, Skinner would come to pit road this time for four tires, fuel and a rubber in the right rear to try and fix the handling.

As the race would restart on lap 119, Skinner would find himself still tight on the racetrack. Having to fight his truck for the remainder of the race, Skinner would stay calm and finish the race in the ninth position, keeping his seventh place position in the point standings.

Skinner and the rest of the Craftsman Truck Series will race again this weekend at the Michigan International Speedway. The race will be televised live Saturday, June 14th on SPEED Channel.

-credit: bdr

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Mike Skinner