Darlington Bites Skinner, Musgrave

DARLINGTON RACEWAY "SKINS" SKINNER, MUSGRAVE DARLINGTON, S.C. (March 13) -- NASCAR Rookie driver Mike Skinner, along with Ted Musgrave, literally got "skinned" by the track "Too Tough To Tame," Thursday during the last day of testing at ...

DARLINGTON RACEWAY "SKINS" SKINNER, MUSGRAVE

DARLINGTON, S.C. (March 13) -- NASCAR Rookie driver Mike Skinner, along with Ted Musgrave, literally got "skinned" by the track "Too Tough To Tame," Thursday during the last day of testing at Darlington Raceway leading up to the TranSouth Financial 400 on Sunday, March 23.

Skinner, who captured the pole position for the season- opening Daytona 500, hit the wall while exiting Darlington's famous fourth turn and suffered sheet metal damage on the left rear of his Chevrolet.

"The guys back at the shop told me I'd probably get a 'Darlington Stripe' before I left here," said Skinner who, along with seven-time NASCAR Winston Cup Series champion Dale Earnhardt, drives for car owner Richard Childress. "Maybe I've gotten it out of the way and won't hit the wall next week when we come back.

"It was the last lap of a long run we were making. I tried to pinch off some of the turn and let the left front wheel hit the bottom of the race track. From there, it got me up in the wall. It wasn't that bad, but it was bad enough to get me in the wall. Luckily, we were able to tape it up and get back out there."

Skinner wasn't the only driver to make contact with the wall. Musgrave, who was fastest on Wednesday, "grazed" the concrete in almost the same place as Skinner. "I don't think you can ever leave here without a 'Stripe,'" joked Musgrave, whose car suffered minor right rear sheet metal damage.

Sterling Marlin, the 1995 TranSouth Financial 400 winner, was the quickest NASCAR Winston Cup driver with a speed of 169.689 mph. Musgrave followed closely at 169.280 mph, followed by Rick Mast (168.410 mph) and Skinner (165.575 mph). Ward Burton holds the track mark of 173.797 mph, set last year.

South Carolina's own Lyndon Amick of Batesburg led a quartet of NASCAR Busch Series drivers who will try to compete in the Diamond Hill Plywood 200 on Saturday, March 22. Amick was clocked at 163.756 mph with Mark Krogh (158.632 mph), Jeff Krogh (158.173 mph) and Loy Allen (155.129) rounding out the foursome.

Thursday's session was the fifth and final day of testing before the track opens for TranSouth Financial 400/Diamond Hill Plywood 200 weekend next Friday, March 21. Busch Pole Award qualifying for both begins at 2 p.m.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Ward Burton , Mike Skinner , Sterling Marlin , Ted Musgrave , Lyndon Amick , Rick Mast