In honor of Mother's Day on Sunday, May 12, Mike Skinner, driver of the No. 4 Kodak MAX Film Monte Carlo, shares some thoughts of his Mom, Frankie. Also, Larry McClure, owner and President of Morgan-McClure Motorsports offers insight into a close...
In honor of Mother's Day on Sunday, May 12, Mike Skinner, driver of the No. 4 Kodak MAX Film Monte Carlo, shares some thoughts of his Mom, Frankie. Also, Larry McClure, owner and President of Morgan-McClure Motorsports offers insight into a close relationship with his Mother, Hettie.
Mike Skinner Quotes
"My Mother was my best friend. I lost her when I started racing in the big leagues. Mother's Day is very hard on me. The downside of it is that I don't get to spend time with her. On the up side of it, I am very close to my wife's (Angela) Mother. We usually take her out to eat and spend quality time with her. It helps keep my mind off of my own loss.
"My Mom, Frankie, helped me in racing. She was my biggest supporter through the years. I made her a nervous wreck, but she knew this is what I wanted to do. She was not rich, so she could not offer financial assistance to fuel my career. She did everything else though.
"Mom hunted sponsor money for me and did public relations work for me. She did anything she could to better my career. In about 1993, right when all of the years of hard work were about to pay off, I lost her to cancer.
"Now, I just remember the good times we had and wish she could be here to enjoy the rewards of her labors of love. She would smack me if she knew I moped around too long about it, so I don't.
"I am going to spend some time at home. Angie and I are going to take her Mom out to dinner on Sunday and just hang out and have some fun."
Larry McClure quotes
"I love my Mother. We are tight. My Mom, Hettie, is a wonderful person. While growing up, Mom had to take on the roles of Mother and Dad during the week because my Dad was gone all week working in the coalfields. She raised eight kids pretty much by herself.
"All memories of Mom are real special. She has always been very supportive of anything I wanted to do, especially the race team. Of course, like everyone else involved in Winston Cup racing, I don't get to spend as much time with her as I would like. "It is great to have one weekend a year fully devoted to Mothers. I'm really glad NASCAR recognizes the importance of this and clears this weekend on our schedules.
"I'm going fishing over at the lake (in Abingdon) for a day or two this week. I am planning on spending time with Ginny and my Mom. We will have dinner on Sunday with her. I'm looking forward to it. She is 81 years old and going strong. We are thankful and lucky."
Special thanks goes out to all of the Mothers who put up with their children being involved in Winston Cup racing and all of the required dedication to the teams and travel.