Richmond II: Mike Skinner race report

U.S. Army Team rebounds from adversity to post respectable 18th place finish RICHMOND, Va. (Sept. 6, 2003) - Despite starting at the back of the field and driving a racecar that he had no practice time in, Mike Skinner overcame a whammy of ...

U.S. Army Team rebounds from adversity to post respectable 18th place finish

RICHMOND, Va. (Sept. 6, 2003) - Despite starting at the back of the field and driving a racecar that he had no practice time in, Mike Skinner overcame a whammy of misfortunes to finish 18th in Saturday night's Chevy Rock & Roll 400 here at Richmond International Raceway.

The United States Army driver, who had two car-damaging accidents in practice Friday, including one that followed his pole-winning run, started the race last (43rd) because of a post-qualifying car change. The car Skinner drove in the 400-lap, 300-mile race was brought in Friday night from the team's race shop in Concord, N.C.

"We basically went into the race stone cold," said crew chief Ryan Pemberton. "We only had four practice laps in race trim and it was not even in the car Mike drove tonight. On one hand, I am proud of how this team rebounded, but on the other hand we are all disappointed that we're not going to leave Richmond with a better finish because we had a good combination coming into the race."

Skinner gave it a solid effort behind the wheel of the No. 01 U. S. Army Pontiac. He went from 43rd to 26th by lap 50 and at the halfway point of the race he was 15th.

"The car was good for the first half of the race, but it then got away from us," said Skinner, who is subbing for the injured Jerry Nadeau. "We just didn't have the grip in the corners. The way the U.S. Army car was running in the beginning, I felt we were going to be contending in the end."

"This has been a whirlwind of a weekend for us and I commend this team for not caving in. We came back from adversity and gave an all-out effort to post a respectable finish."

The next stop for the NASCAR Winston Cup Series will be the Sylvania 300 - Sept. 14 in Loudon, N.H.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Mike Skinner , Jerry Nadeau