Bristol II: Mike Skinner preview

Skinner is anxious to get it on in Bristol BRISTOL, Tenn. (Aug. 19, 2003) - When asked what it's like to race at Bristol Motor Speedway -- U.S. Army driver Mike Skinner was descriptive in his characterization of the historic facility. "When...

Skinner is anxious to get it on in Bristol

BRISTOL, Tenn. (Aug. 19, 2003) - When asked what it's like to race at Bristol Motor Speedway -- U.S. Army driver Mike Skinner was descriptive in his characterization of the historic facility.

"When you go to Bristol, it's like going to work with a lunch pail and hard hat," said Skinner, who is filling in for the injured Jerry Nadeau. "It's your ultimate blue collar type of race and I love it.

"Driving at Bristol is like driving inside of a punch bowl -- it gets pretty intense and pretty wild there. It takes us back to the roots of racing -- a short track where you beat them up and bang them up with a lot of tempers flaring. It's pretty obvious why this is THE race that fans want to see."

This is also the race that Skinner and the U.S. Army team enjoy competing in as they anxiously await Saturday night's Sharpie 500 -- a 500-lap, 266.5-mile event on the .533-mile bullring.

"I like Bristol and seem to run well there," said Skinner. "I am really looking forward to going there with this team -- they're prepared and pumped about this race. This will be our third race together and I really feel we have performed better than what our finishes have showed."

In Skinner's first two races driving the No. 01 U.S. Army Pontiac Grand Prix, he finished 35th in Indianapolis and 22nd in Michigan. At each race he was looking at a top-15 finish or better, but circumstances late in the races prevented him from having a strong result. He was collected in a multi-car accident in Indianapolis and was at an aerodynamic disadvantage in Michigan when he made contact with another car with approximately 15 laps remaining.

"We just need to plug along and stay focused and it will come," said Skinner. "We have the talent on this team to do better."

Skinner is hoping this will be the weekend where he and the U.S. Army team will shine.

"I like to work hard, race hard and beat and bang and that's what Bristol is all about," said Skinner. "At some of these race tracks we go to, if you barely touch a car it will mess up the aerodynamics to a point where it will ruin your race. But Bristol is a different story. You can beat the heck out of the car and still stay in there. For me, that's the way I like to race."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Mike Skinner , Jerry Nadeau