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Skinner Wins Inaugural Race At Iowa

NASCAR Truck Series
Sunday, September 06, 2009

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Mike Skinner celebrates being the first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver to make it to Iowa Speedway's Victory Lane. Skinner won the series' inaugural race from the pole
David Purdy / Getty Images for NASCAR
Mike Skinner won his second race of the season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, leading 180 of 200 laps in the Lucas Oil 200 at Iowa Speedway.

Skinner pulled away from Aric Almirola on a restart with four laps to go on the 0.875-mile track, winning by 1.37 seconds, but he did have a few anxious moments.

"The motor died coming off (Turn) 4," Skinner said. "I don't know if it was a (fuel) pickup thing or vapor lock or what it did. I think it might have boiled some fuel or something. I just nursed her along there and this thing was so fast through the corner, it didn't matter what it was doing tonight."

It was the second victory for Randy Moss Motorsports. Skinner delivered the first in a rain-shortened race at Kansas Speedway in April. Skinner's victory was the 27th of his truck career.

Skinner's Toyota started the inaugural race at Iowa from the pole, extending his all-time lead in the series to 47, but was passed immediately by Matt Crafton. Skinner regained the lead on Lap 18 and, with the exception of three laps led by Almirola gained through pit strategy, was in front to the checkered flag.

"It was cool, really, really cool," Skinner said. "This one is for (owner) Randy Moss. He's a big race fan and part owner in this team with David Dollar."

Almirola was running ninth when a caution came out on Lap 111 and the entire field pitted on separate stops for fuel and tires. Almirola took only two tires and fuel and moved into the lead. He wasn't able to hold off Skinner, but he maintained second the rest of the way.

"Our first stop was really bad and we just lost so much track position," Almirola said. "I told (crew chief) Doug George we had to get it back somehow, someway, so we took two tires. That was a great call on Doug's part. Thank goodness this tire was hard enough."

Almirola's second was his best finish in 41 truck starts.

Colin Braun continued his strong second half of the season by finishing third. He passed Ron Hornaday Jr. for the position with 10 laps to go.

Hornaday's fourth place allowed him to increase his lead in the championship standings to 225 over Crafton, who finished sixth. Johnny Sauter was fifth. Austin Dillon, despite spinning early in the race, finished 12th in his series debut driving the No. 3 Chevrolet owned by his grandfather, Richard Childress.

Results

FIN

ST CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR PTS/BNS LAPS STATUS
1 1 5 Mike Skinner Toyota Toyota of Des Moines 195/10 200 Running
2 8 15 Aric Almirola Toyota Graceway Pharmaceutica-ls 175/5 200 Running
3 4 6 Colin Braun Ford Con-way Freight 165/0 200 Running
4 15 33 Ron Hornaday Chevrolet Longhorn Smokeless Tobacco 160/0 200 Running
5 6 13 Johnny Sauter * Chevrolet Fun Sand / Rodney Atkins / Curb Records 155/0 200 Running
6 3 88 Matt Crafton Chevrolet Ideal Door / Menards 155/5 200 Running
7 2 11 T.J. Bell Toyota Red Horse Racing 146/0 200 Running
8 12 117 Timothy Peters Toyota Strutmasters.com / Red Horse Racing 142/0 200 Running
9 18 16 Brian Scott Toyota Albertsons 138/0 200 Running
10 5 81 Tayler Malsam * Toyota PC*Miler Navigator 134/0 200 Running
11 10 25 Terry Cook Toyota Cajun Industries / Harris Trucking 130/0 200 Running
12 9 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet Bad Boy Mowers / RCR 40th Anniversary 127/0 200 Running
13 26 4 Ricky Carmichael * Chevrolet Monster Energy 124/0 200 Running
14 25 10 James Buescher * Ford International Maxx Force Diesel 121/0 200 Running
15 14 07 Chad McCumbee Chevrolet SS Green Light Racing 118/0 200 Running
16 13 60 Stacy Compton Toyota SafeAuto Insurance Company 115/0 200 Running
17 24 14 Rick Crawford Ford Circle Bar Truck Corral / International 112/0 200 Running
18 7 51 Brian Ickler * Toyota Miccosukee Resort / Graceway Pharmaceutica-ls 109/0 199 Running
19 23 30 Todd Bodine Toyota Lumber Liquidators 106/0 199 Running
20 21 212 Mario Gosselin Chevrolet OCRGazBar.com / James Carter Attorney / SponsorTheTruck.com 103/0 198 Running
21 32 00 Tim Bainey Jr. Chevrolet Aaron's Dream Machine 100/0 193 Running
22 19 08 Jamie Dick Chevrolet Viva Auto Group 97/0 190 Running
23 31 161 Brett Thompson Dodge Rich Thompson Trucking Inc. 94/0 175 Running
24 16 23 Jason White Dodge GunBroker.com 91/0 174 Running
25 17 139 Ryan Sieg Chevrolet S&W Services 88/0 141 Overheating
26 11 24 David Starr Toyota Zachry / Harris Trucking 85/0 108 Accident
27 33 157 Norm Benning Chevrolet Norm Benning Racing 82/0 80 Engine
28 36 102 Andy Ponstein Chevrolet Corrie Stott Racing.com 79/0 41 Running
29 35 148 Pierre Bourque Chevrolet Rockingham Speedway 76/0 35 Brakes
30 34 47 Wayne Edwards Chevrolet FT-11 Multi-Purpose Degreaser 73/0 25 Brakes
31 20 192 John Jackson Chevrolet James Carter Attorney / SponsorTheTruck.com 70/0 19 Vibration
32 29 121 Nick Tucker Dodge GunBroker.com 67/0 17 Vibration
33 30 187 Chris Jones * Chevrolet Copy Wizard 64/0 8 Ignition
34 27 41 Ryan Mathews Dodge Mike Berg Trucking 61/0 7 Accident
35 22 293 Shane Sieg Chevrolet S&W Services 58/0 6 Transmission
36 28 172 Michelle Theriault Chevrolet James Carter Attorney / SponsorTheTruck.com 55/0 2 Accident

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