Victory for Mike Skinner
Mike Skinner has been involved in the world of racing since his first racing event in 1987. NASCAR is in Skinners’ blood, and over the weekend he proved that he still has the winning magic that he has become known for. And his victory in the O’Reilly Parts 250, which was held at the Kansas Speedway, was a moment of elation for both Mike Skinner and Randy Moss Motorsport. Randy Moss Motorsport was known as Morgan-Dollar Motorsports, but with the withdrawal of Rob Morgan, Randy Moss stepped in to team up with David Dollar.
The Randy Moss Motorsport team has two trucks in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, of which one is driven by Mike Skinner and the other by rookie driver, Tayler Malsam. Even though the Kansas Speedway was hindered by bad weather, Mike Skinner was determined to win the O’Reilly Parts 250, and had perfectly executed his racing plan.
A new rule, in regard to pit stops, seems to have hindered some of the efforts made by drivers, requiring that drivers make separate stops for tires and fuel. Under the caution that went out after the restart on Lap 11, and after fourteen laps being run under the caution flag, drivers and spectators were disappointed to see the weather worsening, and the red flag make its appearance. Fortunately, Skinner was in the lead at this stage, and till the end of the race, followed by Brian Scott, Ron Hornaday Jr and Brian Ickler. Racing was suspended by NASCAR due to the weather, and once racing resumed in intervals over Monday, the writing was on the wall, as Skinner retained his lead to not only win, but gain a 25 point lead on the point’s board in the series.
After the grueling and interrupted racing event, not even the miserable weather could wipe the smile off Skinners face. He spoke to the media afterwards, commenting on the weather conditions that plagued the race: “It’s always good to be leading the race, but you’re the first guy to get to the water. It was definitely too dangerous to drive, and my biggest concern was even if we didn’t slip and slide and wreck our own truck, in these times, it’s tough on the owners, and if one of these trucks slips and wipes out four or five trucks, it’s a lot harder on the owners than it is on the drivers.” But fortunately, all Skinner had to report back on, was great driving and a breathtaking victory.