Mike Skinner Wins NASCAR CRAFTSMAN TRUCK SERIES Race at Kentucky
“The Built Ford Tough 225 presented by The Greater Cincinnati Ford Dealers” was quite an event at Kentucky Speedway. Entertainment and action ruled from beginning to end. Fans were treated to a free Taylor Hicks concert. Hicks also sang the national anthem in pre-race ceremonies.
Scott Campbell, Ford Regional Sales Manager, and Kentucky Speedway Officials presented a pre-race program that could have been a stand-alone program of entertainment. A long procession of Ford vintage vehicles circled the track to the fans delight. Capping it off was driver introductions as each driver took a ride around the track in the back of a vintage Ford truck.
Mike Skinner took the checkered flag for his #5 Toyota Tundra Toyota team. Skinner has been consistently good this racing season. In thirteen starts, he has won four times, has eleven top five and thirteen top 10 finishes. That’s impressive. However, the race is still tight as three other drivers are within 288 points of Skinner’s 2,238 points. Ron Hornaday, Jr. trails by 164 points while Todd Bodine and Travis Kvapil are down 288 points.
Skinner was understandably elated with the way he and his team achieved the win. His post-race news conference included these comments: “The Toyota Tundra was awesome.tonight.. I got a good jump on restarts. Spotter Mike Swain told me to be patient and cautious—don’t beat yourself, so I got in rhythm. We tried a different setup tonight. We’re running 665 horsepower and continue trying to get better. Toyota is a company that is not going to sit still.”
David Green received a lot of media attention as he prepared for his first truck race in the RFMS Inc./Red Horse Racing Toyota. It was his fifth career NCTS start and first since September 1997. I’d say he did well! He finished on the lead lap and in fifth place. David is a native of Owensboro, Kentucky.
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