Richmond: Mike Skinner race remarks

Morgan-McClure Motorsports No.4 KODAK MAX Film Monte Carlo Race: No. 11 of 36--5-4-02--Richmond International Raceway Pontiac Excitement 400 Started: 19th (17th after cars dropped to back of field) Finished: 28th Laps Completed: 378/400 Points:...

Morgan-McClure Motorsports
No.4 KODAK MAX Film Monte Carlo Race: No. 11 of 36--5-4-02--Richmond International Raceway
Pontiac Excitement 400
Started: 19th (17th after cars dropped to back of field)
Finished: 28th
Laps Completed: 378/400
Points: 27th, 949 points
Winston Cup Career starts for Skinner: 178

Mike Skinner turned in fast times for practices on Friday and backed it up with a 19th place qualifying run. Although he felt like he had a shot at the pole, the car got out from under him exiting turn four.

What was a long day at the track on Saturday anyway, turned into an even longer one after rain set in. With hopes of getting the event under way, NASCAR waved the green flag on the 11th race of the season on Saturday evening. However, Mother Nature came into play and the race was delayed when the track succumbed to weather conditions on lap 66.

On Sunday, 14 hours and 21 minutes later, the race restarted at noon. Skinner, participating in his 178th NASCAR Winston Cup race, drove a tight car until adjustments were made on lap 90. By lap 139, Skinner, who was running 17th, posted the fastest lap times of the 43 cars.

Pit crew performance picked off a position in the pits when the No. 4 Kodak MAX Film Monte Carlo returned to the track in 14th following a stop on lap 149. Although Skinner reported a free in, tight off condition, he remained in the top-15 until around lap 200.

Making it as high as 10th position, Skinner dodged wrecks for the most of the day. While running 16th on lap 363, the caution flag waved for a wreck involving the No. 4 Chevrolet and several others. With a busted radiator and extensive front-end damage, the battered car had to be pulled into the Winston Cup garage for repairs. The team hustled to return the car to the track and gained a finishing position.

Mike Skinner Quotes

"During qualifying on Friday, we had a shot at the pole. The car went through the corners great. Then late on the exit of turn 4, the backend broke out from under the car. I lost a couple of tenths.

"The Busch race on Friday worked the sealer in on the track. This place is an awesome place to race. There was a lot of beating and banging going on when we finally were able to race on Monday. We were scraped up in a few of the deals, but the car had a fast motor and was good to drive. It was tight in the beginning, but Scott and the pit crew did a great job on stops all day.

"Obviously I am pretty upset with the results of our finish. We had a car capable of a top-10 or a top-15. Lap cars would not get out of the way. Veteran drivers, who should know better, were up there holding up the cars racing for position on the lead lap. When we are in a similar situation, we try to be good sports and get out of their way.

"The race showed we are on the verge, just like a couple of others we have had this year. We will take a weekend off to rejuvenate before going into Charlotte. All of the guys deserve some time off."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Mike Skinner