Skinner looks ahead to Miami

MIAMI (Sept. 8, 2000) -- One of the hungriest drivers in the field for the Nov. 12 Pennzoil 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway will be Mike Skinner, driver of the No. 31 Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse Chevrolet fielded by Richard Childress ...

MIAMI (Sept. 8, 2000) -- One of the hungriest drivers in the field for the Nov. 12 Pennzoil 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway will be Mike Skinner, driver of the No. 31 Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse Chevrolet fielded by Richard Childress Racing.

Skinner, the 1997 NASCAR Winston Cup Rookie of the Year, is still winless in his Winston Cup career and would love to break through the winner=s circle at the 1.5-mile flat track.

"I'd take my first Winston Cup victory anywhere, but Homestead-Miami Speedway would be a great place to shake a bottle of champagne," said Skinner, who started 11th and finished sixth in last year's inaugural NASCAR Winston Cup event in South Florida.

Skinner, who scored a fourth-place finish in the 1997 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at Miami, was also the highest finishing Chevrolet last year in the Pennzoil 400. He thinks racing in South Florida is a perfect opportunity for the NASCAR Winston Cup Series to reach out to fans.

"It's a good race track and I think it's a place we should be at," said Skinner, who calls Daytona Beach home. "The market's there for us. They've done a heck of a job with the facility there and I'm looking forward to going back.

"I think there is a lot of potential in Miami. I think the race's success will grow and grow as we go. I think with Daytona just up the coast and the fact that NASCAR has so many events and history in Florida -- I think that the fan base will continue to grow."

See if Mike Skinner wins his first NASCAR Winston Cup Series race at Miami in the Nov. 12 Pennzoil 400. Purchase tickets online at www.homesteadmiamispeedway.com or call the Speedway ticket office at (305) 230-RACE.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Mike Skinner
Teams Richard Childress Racing