Charlotte II: Mike Skinner race report

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Oct. 11, 2003) -- The bad luck that has recently plagued the U.S. Army team continued Saturday night when Mike Skinner finished 39th in the UAW-GM Quality 500 here at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Near the halfway point of the 334-lap...

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Oct. 11, 2003) -- The bad luck that has recently plagued the U.S. Army team continued Saturday night when Mike Skinner finished 39th in the UAW-GM Quality 500 here at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

Near the halfway point of the 334-lap race, Skinner got hit from behind by Elliott Sadler, sending the No. 01 U.S. Army Pontiac crashing into the concrete wall. When the smoke cleared, Skinner had no alternative but to drive the damaged black and gold car to the garage for major repair work.

The Army of One crew spent nearly 30 minutes putting the car back together and when Skinner returned to action on the 1.5-mile oval he was more than 50 laps down and in 43rd place.

"Somebody got impatient and rammed us from behind," said Skinner, who is subbing for the injured Jerry Nadeau. "This wasn't self inflicted, we just got slammed for no reason at all. I don't understand why -- this is a big old wide race track."

Skinner started the race 10th, but a loose-handling car pushed him back. He was running between 17th and 20thbefore the accident.

"Our car wasn't perfect, but we were better than a lot of them," said Skinner. "The Army Pontiac was still adjustable and I am sure Ryan (crew chief Ryan Pemberton) and the guys would have gotten it fixed. But when I got hit from behind we were basically done for the evening."

The next stop for the Skinner and the U.S. Army team will be Sunday (Oct. 19) in Martinsville, Va. for the Subway 500.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Mike Skinner , Jerry Nadeau , Elliott Sadler