Mike Skinner Gets Good News, Becoming First in the 200-200 Club

Horn FanSenior Writer IOctober 23, 2009

MADISON, IL - SEPTEMBER 12: Mike Skinner driving the #5 PC Miler Navigator Toyota celebrates winning the Camping World truck race Copart 200 at the Gateway International Raceway September 12, 2009 in Madison, Illinois. (Photo by John Sommers II/Getty Images)

Mike Skinner, at the drop of the green for the Kroger 200 at Martinsville, will become the first driver to run 200 races in both the Truck Series and Sprint Cup Series.

In the past couple of months, Skinner indicated that he may not be returning with Randy Moss Motorsports in 2010 without the additional sponsorship help.

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is coming off of a three-week break to race at Martinsville.

Skinner will not only be making his 200th start, but he is also one pole away from collecting 50th career pole in the series.

He learned this week that he'll be back with Randy Moss Motorsports regardless in 2010. Skinner joined the team prior to the start of the 2009 season.

All things considered, he's collected three wins and sits third in the points, 255 points back of points leader Hornaday and 58 points behind Crafton in second.

It looks like both Exide Batteries and PC* Miler Navigator, two sponsors from this year, are expected to return in the same role in 2010.

"We're pursuing a couple of sponsors right now, and if we were to get one of those sponsors, it would really, really help Randy Moss Motorsports," said Skinner.

"In the meantime, David Dollar called me this week and said that he and Randy had talked and they would like to retain my services next year regardless of whether, or not we get the additional sponsors."

During his career, he's picked up 28 wins, 88 Top-Fives, 128 Top-10 finishes, collected 49 poles, and led 6,119 laps.

Skinner made 260 starts in Cup, making 220 starts for RCR from 1996 to 2004, and made 40 starts with various teams running part-time in the series.

In the last couple of years he's been the go-to veteran helping struggling Cup teams, first Red Bull Racing and now Tommy Baldwin Racing.

Skinner is arguably the favorite coming into Martinsville, where he always run well and has compiled the following stats: three wins, six Top-Fives, nine Top-10 finishes, one pole, and led 593 laps.

The only problem is he's second statistically when you look at Loop Data Statistics from this year's short track races and it's no surprise that it's Hornaday who's No. 1.

It doesn't matter where you look statistically in the series, you'll find either Skinner or Horn one and two.

It's made for a great rivalry over the years between the two, and it's been exciting as a fan to watch.

It'll be another exciting chapter in their rivalry. They'll race against each other hard for the win and it'll come down to who has the better truck in the closing laps.


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