Randy Moss an Ambassador for NASCAR?

Greg RiotAnalyst IMarch 5, 2010

Perhaps a lot of football fans don't realize that New England Patriots' wide receiver Randy Moss owns a team in the NASCAR-sanctioned Camping World Truck Series.

 Officially it is known as "Randy Moss Motorsports with HTM." Moss' partner is David Dollar, who had the original vision for the team which became Morgan-Dollar Motorsports, the product of a partnership between Dollar and driver Rob Morgan.

The team has won thirteen races in the truck series, and gradually built to the point where it could move into "racing country" in North Carolina and into a 35,000-square foot headquarters.

Moss came in as a 50 percent partner in 2008, and when he got involved the team had already used eight different drivers on the season and did not have a primary sponsor.

Moss was fully prepared at the time to shoulder the burden of keeping the team going no matter what.

"My door is open for any sponsors wanting to team up with Randy Moss Motorsports ," he told USA Today at the time, "but at the same time I'm ready to keep this going myself. Either way, we're going to be happy and satisfied with what we try to develop."

Other NFL players have been involved in NASCAR ownership before. Troy Aikman and Roger Staubach previously owned Hall of Fame Racing, and of course former Washington Redskins coach Joe Gibbs has been one of the more successful team owners in the sport.

Moss is also one of the few high profile African Americans to hold an interest in a NASCAR team, and that is something the organization, behind the efforts of Sam Belnavis (a former Sprint Cup owner himself).

Moss' team started to turn around when it brought aboard Mike Skinner as its top driver. Skinner is a wily veteran of this discipline; in fact, he was the first champion of the Craftsman Truck Series, the predecessor to the Camping World series.

Skinner is a guy who has been around, to say the least. He has also competed in Sprint Cup (then Winston Cup) action, and recorded 39 top ten finishes.

Though he has not taken a checkered flag, he did win the pole for the 1997 Daytona 500 en route to being named the NASCAR Rookie of the Year at the age of 40.

In 1999 he was tenth in the Winston Cup standings, and that would have qualified him for the Chase for the Cup if the present format were in place then.

Skinner's greatest successes, however, have come in trucks were he's won the 1995 Championship. In the NCWTS he has won a total of 28 races, with 132 finishes in the top ten.

Since the series started in 1995, the battles between Skinner and arch rival Ron Hornaday Jr. have been legendary and it's put these two statistically ahead of everyone in the series.

Skinner got Moss' team on the board at Kansas Speedway, then won at Iowa and Gateway International, coming in third in the standings last season, and he now finds himself in a position where he can get Moss a championship, which might serve as some consolation for Randy's lack of a Super Bowl ring.

Skinner's heading to Atlanta looking for redemption after Daytona were ran 61 laps, leading 11 laps before getting wrecked out of the race.

Should Skinner win the pole for the Atlanta 200 on Saturday morning it'll be his 50th pole of his career and he's the all-time leader in NCWTS.

I'm picking Skinner to win Saturday's truck race.  Where he has previous winner at the track, but also his only win in the Nationwide Series came at the track. He looms as a possible value play at +700 in the Atlanta 200 betting odds.

To Win E-Z GO 200 Camping World Truck Series (Odds provided by BetUS.com)
March 6th, Saturday at 1:30pm ET

Kyle Busch                    +225
Kevin Harvick               +275
Ron Hornaday              +500
Todd Bodine                +550
MIKE SKINNER            +700
Matt Crafton               +800
Aric Almirola                +1000
Johnny Sauter              +1200
Timothy Peters             +1500
Rick Crawford              +1500
Dennis Setzer               +2000
Field (Any Other Driver)    +1000