Skinner Stays on Top With Kentucky Speedway Victory
appears that Mike Skinner and his Bill Davis Racing team can
do no wrong this season. They have successfully carried a streak
of top-eight finishes through the first 13 races including four
victories after their most recent triumph at Kentucky Speedway.
Skinner and Co. started fourth despite using a coil bind setup
for the first time in race conditions and it took just four
laps for them to claim the lead.
Skinner went on to lead all but 15 of 150 laps and beat Travis
Kvapil to the checkers by 5.5 seconds. “It was a great,
great night,” said Skinner who also set a series record
by leading at least one lap in 13 consecutive races. “I’m
not a big fan of (coil binding) because it’s real rough
in there. But these races aren’t that long. We’re
going back to what these kids have been beating us with.”
Kvapil won at Memphis Motorsports Park and was looking for two-in-a-row
but with Skinner being so stingy with the lead he was forced
to settle for second-best and failed to score any bonus points.
“We’re a little discouraged,” Kvapil admitted.
“I am happy with second but the guy we’re chasing
in the points won the race and led the most laps.”
Ted Musgrave returned to action after a NASCAR imposed one-week
hiatus and he wasted no time getting back up to speed with a
strong third place finish.
“My hat is off to the guys on the Germain Racing team
for rallying around me this week,” said Musgrave. “It
was a good truck and a good effort. We got tight there at the
end of the race when we were battling for second but I’m
happy with a third-place finish.”
Ryan Mathews kicked off the weekend with his first career pole
in just his seventh start and he backed that up with a personal
best fourth place finish. “It’s big time for me,”
he said. “When you’re on a hot streak it helps everybody’s
confidence. Hopefully we can build on this momentum and continue
to have solid runs.”
Rounding out the top five was Kentucky native David Green who
made his first start with Red Horse Racing and posted his best
finish in the series. “I’ve never been in a race
with that fast of a pace,” said Green. “The races
I won in the Busch Series and races that were very mentally
stressful don’t even hold a candle to what it takes to
run these things. What a great effort. Tonight was a lot of
Skinner increased his advantage in the standings to 164 points
over Ron Hornaday as the series heads into their second off-weekend
in the past three weeks. The series will go short tracking at
O’Reilly Raceway Park in Indianapolis on July 27.