Joliet: Mike Skinner race notes

Qualifying day at Chicagoland Speedway proved to be an interesting time for the Kodak MAX Film team. The team overcame an engine problem early in the day with a good qualifying run. Although Skinner qualified in the 17th position, he had to drop...

Qualifying day at Chicagoland Speedway proved to be an interesting time for the Kodak MAX Film team. The team overcame an engine problem early in the day with a good qualifying run. Although Skinner qualified in the 17th position, he had to drop to the back of the field on Sunday due to an engine change.

During the 400 mile event on Sunday, Skinner was able to keep the car around 20th position. Although the car was not in contention for a win, as it had been during the prior two events, it was a stepping stone for the team.

Mike Skinner:
"The car really wasn't all that bad. We ran great in the corners all day. Handling was fairly good.

"The team has to keep pounding and getting better each week. It is frustrating to have several good runs and then have the weekend we had at Chicago. Getting beat down in these situations is easy to do, but with the experience I have as a driver, I know it is more difficult to get morale back up if it goes too far in a negative direction. We all just need to keep a positive attitude and build on the good runs we have and learn from the weekends we might not be as competitive."

Chris Carrier:
"We had a couple of confusing obstacles that kept us from having the run we had anticipated at Chicagoland Speedway. We had a good car. As a matter of fact it is Skinner's favorite car and we are taking it to New Hampshire this weekend. It is the same car we used at Darlington and Dover earlier this year.

"The team is going to have weekends that are not as competitive as others. We just put those behind us and look toward the next race.

"Everyone's performance on the crew is more than satisfactory. The Kodak team has one of the best crews out there. They got pumped from the runs we had a few weeks ago and it is like a fever. They bring it back to the race shop and these guys all catch it. It makes everyone want to perform better.

"This entire team is on the outer edge. I'm saying we are right there. It is not showing in the results on paper yet, but it will real soon. We are capable of winning and running in the top-10 every week."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Mike Skinner , Chris Carr