Mike Skinner (racing driver)

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Mike Skinner
Mike Skinner 2011.jpg
Skinner at Charlotte Motor Speedway in 2011
Born (1957-06-28) June 28, 1957 (age 57)
Susanville, California, United States
Achievements 1995 SuperTruck Series Champion
1997 Daytona 500 pole winner
Awards 1997 Winston Cup Series Rookie of the Year
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career
286 races run over 22 years
2012 position 53rd
Best finish 10th (1999)
First race 1986 Sovran Bank 500 (Martinsville)
Last race 2012 Pure Michigan 400 (Michigan)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 39 6
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
52 races run over 8 years
Best finish 27th (2001)
First race 1987 Country Squire 200 (Darlington)
Last race 2006 Ford 300 (Homestead)
First win 1999 Yellow Freight 300 (Atlanta)
Wins Top tens Poles
1 16 3
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
231 races run over 14 years
2012 position 101st
Best finish 1st (1995)
First race 1995 Copper World Classic (Phoenix)
Last race 2012 NextEra Energy Resources 250 (Daytona)
First win 1995 Copper World Classic (Phoenix)
Last win 2009 Copart 200 (Gateway)
Wins Top tens Poles
28 144 49
Statistics current as of April 22, 2013.

Mike Skinner (born June 28, 1957) is an American stock car racing driver, who has competed in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series. He has most recently driven the #98 Ford Fusion for Phil Parsons Racing in the Sprint Cup Series. He is the father of former NASCAR drivers Jamie Skinner and Dustin Skinner. He was born in Susanville, California.

Racing career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Skinner began racing at Susanville Speedway in the 1970s in a Plymouth Road Runner at various California dirt tracks, winning three championships. He soon moved to North Carolina and worked as a crew member for Rusty Wallace and at Petty Enterprises. In 1986, he made his NASCAR debut in the Sprint Cup Series, driving the #19 Pontiac for the Zanworth Racing Team, and had a best finish of 22nd in three starts. The following year, he made his Nationwide Series debut at Darlington Raceway, finishing 27th in the #0 Hunt Tire Oldsmobile. He did not compete in NASCAR again until 1990, when he drove the #13 Glidden Paints Buick for Mansion Motorsports at North Carolina Speedway, finishing 35th with rear end failure. He ran four races for Dixon over the next two years, before running one race in 1993 for Jimmy Means.

In 1994, Skinner began racing late models for Gene Petty, and won a local track championship. He and Petty also began racing in the Nationwide Series in the #88, winning one pole in the Kentucky Fried Chicken Chevrolet, but failing to finish a race.

RCR[edit]

1997 Cup racecar
Mike Skinner races the #31 Chevrolet in the 2000 Coca-Cola 600.

Skinner was selected by Richard Childress Racing to drive the #3 GM Goodwrench Chevrolet Silverado for the first Camping World Truck Series season. He won the first race in the series, and collected 7 more victories en route to winning the first championship in series history. He equaled his win total the following season, but fell to 3rd in the standings. That year, he ran 5 races for RCR in the Sprint Cup Series, qualifying in the top-ten 3 times and having a best finish of 12th in the #31 Realtree car. He also filled in for teammate Dale Earnhardt when Earnhardt was recovering from injuries suffered in a wreck at Talladega,[1] where he flipped after contact with Sterling Marlin.

In the 1997 NASCAR Sprint Cup season, Skinner was promoted to full-time, driving the #31 with Lowe's sponsorship. He won poles at both of the season's races at Daytona International Speedway, and had 3 top-ten finishes. Despite failing to qualify for 1 race and a 30th place points finish, he won the Rookie of the Year award. He had 9 top-tens his sophomore season, but finished 21st in points after being forced sit out three races due to injury. He also won a pair of exhibition races in Japan during those two seasons, when NASCAR raced in Asia for the first time since its inception. He finished no worse than 6th in the first four races of the 1999 NASCAR Sprint Cup season, and held the points lead briefly during the early portion of the season. He had a total of 14 top-tens and ended the year a career-high 10th in points. He also returned to the Nationwide Series, driving the #19 Yellow Freight Systems Chevy for Emerald Performance Group. He won his only career race at Atlanta after being disqualified for a rules infraction, before NASCAR overturned its decision.

Skinner had 11 top-tens in the 2000 NASCAR Sprint Cup season, but fell to 12th in points and lost crew chief Larry McReynolds who retired from NASCAR to broadcast the series on Fox Sports. Mike Skinner declared in early February 2001 that he had resigned from RCR for 2002-present to go to a new team.

In the 2001 NASCAR Sprint Cup season, he had only 1 top-ten and suffered severe injuries in a wreck at Chicagoland Speedway after cutting a right-front tire and crashing head-first in Turn 1, blacking out for 30+ seconds. He was forced to miss the next 5 races because he suffered a concussion, broken ankle and a torn ACL in the crash. Free agent driver Robby Gordon took over as a substitute and had a few top tens. Then the news broke out that Robby Gordon would replace Mike Skinner in the #31 Lowe's chevy after 2001 for a multi-year deal which puzzled many NASCAR fans and drivers; as well as the fact that Lowe's resigned from RCR to sponsor Jeff Gordon and Rick Hendrick's co-owned team for the NSCS rookie Jimmie Johnson, in 2002. Skinner returned at Michigan, but after another accident at Richmond, Mike Skinner opted for surgery to repair his ACL. Skinner announced the next morning after the accident that he would miss the remainder of the season. In his announcement he bid farewell to Richard Childress, and his team; announced that Robby Gordon would sub for him again and wished Gordon luck.

Robby Gordon finished off the year with an upset victory at New Hampshire.[2]

2002–present[edit]

Skinner signed on to drive the #4 Kodak Chevy for Morgan-McClure Motorsports in the 2002 NASCAR season. He only had one top-ten finish and finished 31st in points at season's end. He continued to struggle when the team switched to Pontiac in the 2003 NASCAR Sprint Cup season, and after failing to qualify for the Sirius 400, he was released. He spent the majority of the rest of season running part-time in the Camping World Truck Series for Billy Ballew Motorsports before being selected to fill in for Jerry Nadeau at MBV Motorsports . His final race of the season came at Homestead for Michael Waltrip Racing.

In 2004, Skinner returned to the Camping World Truck Series to drive the #42 Toyota Tundra for Bang! Racing. He was running 9th in points when conflicts between Toyota and Bang's owners caused the team to split and run the #5 Toyota Tundra for Bill Davis Racing. He won 2 poles and finished the year 11th in points with no victories. He collected 2 wins in 2005 and finished 5th in points in the Camping World Truck Series while running a part-time Sprint Cup schedule for Davis and R&J Racing. He won only once in 2006 and fell to 10th in points, while filling in at other series at FitzBradshaw Racing, Front Row Motorsports, and CJM Racing. In 2007, he won five Truck races and fell short of winning the championship by 54 points.

2006 truck

Skinner's lone 2008 win came at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and he finished sixth in Truck points. He also ran a part-time schedule in Sprint Cup, filling in for A. J. Allmendinger at Team Red Bull early in the 2008 Sprint Cup season. Skinner made 2 additional starts in the #84 Red Bull Car during the Chase for the Sprint Cup, as Allmendinger would not be back in the car in 2009. Skinner was also hired by Michael Waltrip Racing to drive the #00 Champion Mortgage car in the Sprint Cup Series for 3 races: Michigan, Bristol, and Auto Club Speedway.

Skinner was under contract to drive for Davis through 2009, but the team was sold and ceased operations. On January 29, 2009, it was announced that Skinner would drive one of two trucks that Randy Moss Motorsports fields, the #5 Exide Tundra. Skinner attempted to qualify for the 2009 Daytona 500 in the R3 Motorsports #23 Mahindra Tractors Chevrolet Impala SS, but failed to qualify due to engine trouble at the Gatorade Duels at Daytona. Skinner drove in a few Sprint Cup races in Tommy Baldwin Racing's #36 Car in 2009. He also ran the #70 Chevrolet Impala SS for TRG Motorsports in NASCAR's top series late in the 2009 season. In the Truck Series, Skinner won three races with Eric Phillips and finished third in points to Ron Hornaday. The next season, however, would be quite different. Phillips left RMM after 2009 to be the crew chief for Kyle Busch Motorsports. Veteran Gene Nead initially replaced Phillips, but Nead left the team after Charlotte, being replaced by team engineer Stacy Johnson. Their season would only go downhill from there, with Skinner grabbing only two top 5's and a 8th place finish in points. Skinner parted ways with RMM on January 19, 2011.

In 2011, Skinner attempted to qualify the #45 Toyota Tundra for Eddie Sharp Racing at Daytona, but failed to make the race on speed. Skinner was ineligible to use his past champion's provisional due to ESR entering the #45 after the entry deadline. He drove #60 Big Red Soda Toyota Camry for Germain Racing in the Sprint Cup Series and also spent a few races driving the #32 Ford Fusion for FAS Lane Racing. He also drove for Tommy Baldwin Racing in Alanta after medical issues forced Dave Blaney from the car.

In 2012, Skinner drove the #8 Eddie Sharp Racing Chevrolet in the season-opening Camping World Truck Series race at Daytona,[3] but was involved in a crash with teammate Cale Gale and failed to finish the race. In early May, Skinner joined Hamilton Means Racing to drive the No. 52 in the Sprint Cup Series starting in the Bojangles Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway.[4]

Career results[edit]

* Season in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series[edit]

Year Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Avg. Start Avg. Finish Winnings Position Team(s)
1986 3 0 0 0 0 27.3 25.0 $4,255 61st #19 Zanworth Racing Team
1990 1 0 0 0 0 33.0 35.0 $2,825 96th #13 Mansion Motorsports
1991 2 0 0 0 0 38.5 36.0 $8,505 64th #13 Mansion Motorsports
1992 2 0 0 0 0 35.0 25.5 $11,050 59th #13/#85 Mansion Motorsports
1993 1 0 0 0 0 36.0 35.0 $5,180 80th #52 Means Racing
1994 1 0 0 0 0 38.0 31.0 $9,550 72nd #52 Means Racing
1996 5 0 0 0 0 13.0 19.4 $65,850 47th #31 Richard Childress Racing
1997 31 0 0 3 2 22.1 26.2 $900,569 30th #31 Richard Childress Racing
1998 30 0 4 9 0 18.6 20.2 $1,518,901 21st #31 Richard Childress Racing
1999 34 0 5 14 2 13.8 16.6 $2,499,877 10th #31 Richard Childress Racing
2000 34 0 1 11 1 14.5 17.2 $2,205,320 12th #31 Richard Childress Racing
2001 23 0 0 1 0 20.9 25.2 $1,921,186 40th #31 Richard Childress Racing
2002 36 0 0 1 0 22.9 27.8 $2,094,232 31st #4 Morgan-McClure Motorsports
2003 26 0 0 0 1 23.2 29.5 $1,782,804 39th #4 Morgan-McClure Motorsports
#01 MB2 Motorsports
#00 Michael Waltrip Racing
2004 1 0 0 0 0 43.0 22.0 $251,813 77th #33 Richard Childress Racing
2005 10 0 0 0 0 27.6 38.1 $969,109 49th #23 Bill Davis Racing
#00 Mach 1 Motorsports
#37 RJ Motorsports
2006 4 0 0 0 0 33.0 39.0 $348,216 57th #34 Front Row Motorsports
#37 RJ Motorsports
#72 CJM Racing
2007 1 0 0 0 0 14.0 24.0 $98,575 65th #36 Bill Davis Racing
2008 11 0 0 0 0 26.5 32.1 $879,897 48th #27 Bill Davis Racing
#84 Red Bull Racing Team
#00 Michael Waltrip Racing
2009 5 0 0 0 0 35.6 41.0 $493,416 55th #36 Tommy Baldwin Racing
#70 TRG Motorsports
2011 21 0 0 0 0 37.0 39.5 $1,636,827 59th1 #32 FAS Lane Racing
#60 Germain Racing
#36 Tommy Baldwin Racing
#37 Max Q Motorsports
2012 4 0 0 0 0 40.0 40.8 $340,850 53rd #52 Hamilton Means Racing
#79 Go Green Racing
#98 Phil Parsons Racing

NASCAR Nationwide Series[edit]

Year Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Avg. Start Avg. Finish Winnings Position Team(s)
1987 1 0 0 0 0 35.0 27.0 $470 66th #0
1992 1 0 0 0 0 12.0 28.0 $5,800 119th #91 Barry Owen Racing
1994 5 0 0 0 1 11.4 28.0 $18,750 57th #88 Gene Petty Motorsports
1999 13 1 1 3 0 23.7 24.5 $138,405 44th #19 Team Yellow Racing
2000 8 0 1 2 1 18.0 20.5 $117,240 52nd #19 Team Yellow Racing
#15 Andy Petree Racing
2001 14 0 6 9 1 7.3 9.4 $359,798 27th #21 Richard Childress Racing
2003 1 0 0 1 0 9.0 7.0 $15,892 106th #7 Evans Motorsports
2006 9 0 0 1 0 18.0 22.0 $170,795 46th #12 FitzBradshaw Racing

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series[edit]

Year Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Avg. Start Avg. Finish Winnings Position Team(s)
1995 20 8 17 18 9 4.8 4.8 $428,096 1st #3 Richard Childress Racing
1996 24 8 17 20 5 4.9 5.7 $590,995 3rd #3 Richard Childress Racing
1997 4 0 2 2 0 16.0 19.2 $43,561 47th #93 Great Dane Racing
1998 2 0 1 1 0 6.5 12.0 $20,235 55th #5 Mike Skinner Racing
2003 4 0 0 0 0 10.5 15.5 $46,860 48th #15 Billy Ballew Motorsports
2004 25 0 4 9 2 10.9 15.5 $357,795 11th #42 Bang! Racing
#5 Bill Davis Racing
2005 25 2 9 13 7 6.2 13.6 $579,918 5th #5 Bill Davis Racing
2006 25 1 8 13 8 5.4 14.1 $568,535 10th #5 Bill Davis Racing
2007 25 5 17 20 11 2.5 7.3 $997,980 2nd #5 Bill Davis Racing
2008 25 1 5 18 4 7.4 11.2 $505,113 6th #5 Bill Davis Racing
2009 25 3 8 17 3 7.7 9.3 $740,550 3rd #5 Randy Moss Motorsports
2010 25 0 2 13 0 12.1 12.0 $366,040 8th #5 Randy Moss Motorsports
2011 1 0 0 0 0 36.0 24.0 $8,850 67th #45 Eddie Sharp Racing
2012 1 0 0 0 0 13.0 33.0 $9,725 101st #8 Eddie Sharp Racing

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Brickyard through the ages". NASCAR. July 10, 2013. Retrieved 2013-07-14. 
  2. ^ 2001 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Yearbook. UMI Publications. 2001. p. 240. 
  3. ^ Moody, Dave (February 8, 2012). "BREAKING NEWS: Skinner Returns At Daytona!". Sirius-Speedway.com. Sirius/XM NASCAR Radio. Retrieved 2012-02-08. 
  4. ^ "Skinner Lands Cup Ride". Motor Racing Network. May 2, 2012. Retrieved 2012-05-09. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
None
Camping World Truck Series Champion
1995
Succeeded by
Ron Hornaday, Jr.
Achievements
Preceded by
Johnny Benson, Jr.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year
1997
Succeeded by
Kenny Irwin, Jr.