BUSCH: Skinner Indy triple

Skinner eyes Indy triple MOORESVILLE, NC (July 29, 2003) - Former NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champion Mike Skinner will pull triple duty this weekend in Indianapolis. Skinner will continue to pilot the No. 15 VOKAL Clothing entry for ...

Skinner eyes Indy triple

MOORESVILLE, NC (July 29, 2003) - Former NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champion Mike Skinner will pull triple duty this weekend in Indianapolis. Skinner will continue to pilot the No. 15 VOKAL Clothing entry for Billy Ballew Motorsports in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series but has added two more races to his Indy Weekend. Skinner will drive the No. 7 Kleenex Busch Series entry for Evans Motorsports and the No.01 U.S. Army sponsored Winston Cup entry for MB2 Motorsports.

"I guess you could say that I have a full weekend," Skinner said. "I hope to have a good run for VOKAL in the truck race on Friday night, a good run in the Kleenex Car on Saturday night and a good run for the U.S. Army on Sunday in the Cup race."

Skinner returns to the scene of two of his most dominant NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series efforts when he make his fourth start in the VOKAL Clothing sponsored No. 15 Friday night at Indianapolis Raceway Park. Skinner was virtually unstoppable in his first two visits to IRP beating Johnny Benson to the checkered flag in 1995 and besting Jack Sprague in 1996.

"It was pretty awesome," Skinner said. "We sat on the pole and led every lap the first year the trucks raced there. We came back the next year and sat on the pole and again led every lap. I really like IRP, I have some real fond memories and I have made some good friends up there."

Indianapolis Raceway Park's unique .686 mile design has puzzled even the most savvy racer in its NASCAR history. Like few other venues, the fast way around seems to be right up next to the concrete wall. Skinner says the temptation still exists for a driver to hustle his ride to the bottom of the track.

"I think if someone can ever get their car or truck to work on the bottom then they would just check out,' Skinner says. "The problem is you just can't get it to stick down there. This track is a little version of Darlington. The corners are more symmetrical but you run the high line just like you do at Darlington. The key to getting around IRP is to get your truck to turn down in the middle of the corner. If you can do that and still get forward bite then it will stick real good and you can get a good run off the corner."

The Power Stroke Diesel 200 at Indianapolis Raceway Park is scheduled for Friday, August 1st at 9:00 ET. The race will be broadcast live by the Speed Channel and MRN Radio.

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Series NASCAR Cup , NASCAR XFINITY , NASCAR Truck
Drivers Mike Skinner , Jack Sprague