Skinner, Dallenbach Test Lowe's Car

Skinner, Dallenbach test Lowe's car By Shawn A. Akers SONOMA, Calif. (May 5, 1998) Driver Mike Skinner is still not 100 percent recovered physically, but plans to be behind the wheel of the No. 31 Lowe's Chevrolet for The ...

Skinner, Dallenbach test Lowe's car By Shawn A. Akers SONOMA, Calif. (May 5, 1998)

Driver Mike Skinner is still not 100 percent recovered physically, but plans to be behind the wheel of the No. 31 Lowe's Chevrolet for The Winston Open at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 16, a team spokesman said Tuesday.

Skinner, who is still recovering from injuries suffered in a hard accident in the Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 5, qualified his car for last weekend's California 500 presented by NAPA at California Speedway in Fontana, but NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division driver Mike Dillon drove during the race.

In an attempt to accelerate the recovery curve, but also to evaluate its progress, Skinner is testing at Sears Point Raceway through Thursday in preparation for the Save Mart Supermarkets 300 on June 28, one of two road course events on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series schedule.

"One of the main ideas behind him testing there was to get in the car and see how his body reacts," team public relations representative Bob Moore said. "With a road course, the body takes impact both ways, so it's going to be a good barometer for him to see how he feels in the car."

Dallenbach is also helping test Skinner's car at Sears Point. Team owner Richard Childress hired Dallenbach to get some feedback about the No. 31 car because of the former SCCA Trans-Am champion's road racing expertise.

Morgan Shepherd drove for Skinner following the Texas accident -- his second heavy impact in a month -- at both Martinsville Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway, allowing Skinner to take a few weeks off and for his injuries to heal. He hasn't raced competitively since April 5.

Moore said Skinner's physician is still leery about Skinner's condition, and will re-examine him early next week to see if he is fit to race at Charlotte.

"The doctor is concerned about his neck right now," Moore said. "In all likelihood he'll drive at Charlotte, but that's not 100 percent sure right now. He definitely needed those six weeks off and he has healed up pretty well. He's really anxious to get back in the car and drive. It's been killing him not to be able to drive."

Moore said should Skinner not be ready to drive at Charlotte, Dillon will be standing by.

Source: NASCAR Online

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Mike Skinner , Morgan Shepherd