Kansas: Mike Skinner race report

Mike Skinner entered Kansas Speedway looking to run strong and get back in the game in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. Qualifying on the pole the last two years as well as finishing fifth both years, Skinner and his No. 5 Toyota Tundra team...

Mike Skinner entered Kansas Speedway looking to run strong and get back in the game in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. Qualifying on the pole the last two years as well as finishing fifth both years, Skinner and his No. 5 Toyota Tundra team were looking to run well at the 1.5 mile track.

With practice getting underway on Friday morning, Skinner and his crew led by crew chief Jeff Hensley started out running near the top of the speed charts. With Skinner finishing out the first practice session in the sixth position, the Tundra crew was looking forward to the final practice session of the day. Having to make many changes to the No. 5 Tundra, Skinner and crew would round out the day in the fifth position, but both driver and crew chief hoped to have more time on the track.

With Saturday's qualifying session getting started, Skinner would have his attempt near the back of the order due to his qualifying draw. With an average starting position of 3.5 in the four races he has ran at the Kansas Speedway, Skinner was hoping to have another good start in 2008. However, when Skinner hit the track running for his attempt, he would only muster a 32.156 second lap, putting him in the 18th position for the start of that night's race.

With the green flag waving over the 36-truck field, Skinner immediately began working his way forward. Getting his self into the 11th position right before the first caution flag would wave on lap 25; Skinner would dive down pit road with the rest of the field for four tires and fuel. With an incredibly fast pit stop, Skinner would restart in the seventh position on lap 31.

Maintaining his position well, Skinner would fight to keep his solid position on the track for the next 20 laps. As another caution would wave on lap 51, Skinner would once again come to pit road, this time for fuel only.

Moving his self into the third position immediately, Skinner would soon feel a right front vibration. With the help of yet another caution on lap 65, Skinner would come to pit road for four tires and fuel, making sure there were no problems with the right front.

Having to now work his way through the field again, Skinner would buckle down and move his way back into the top-five by lap 90. With the eighth caution of the race coming out on lap 107, Skinner and the rest of the field would come to pit road. Taking four tires and fuel, but having a small mishap on pit road, Skinner would lose some ground and would restart in the 25th position.

Having to now fight his way through a very tough field, Skinner remained calm and showed his talent as he vaulted his way to the front. Picking off positions one by one, Skinner would find his No. 5 Toyota Tundra back within the top-10 with 17 to go.

Driving hard and fast, Skinner would finish out the race in the fifth position. Gaining valuable points for the championship point standings as he moved himself into the 11th position.

With Skinner's great finish, all three Bill Davis Racing's Toyota Tundra's finished in the top-10 for just the second time in history.

-credit: bdr

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Mike Skinner
Teams Bill Davis Racing