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Skinner Gives Randy Moss A Truck Trophy

Jim Pedley | Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Monday, April 27 2009
Mike Skinner  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Mike Skinner (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com

Kansas City, Kan. – Randy Moss may not have a Super Bowl ring, but he now has a NASCAR race-victory trophy.

That trophy was earned Monday when Mike Skinner drove a Moss-owned truck to Victory Lane in the rain-disrupted O’Reilly Auto Parts 250 Camping World Truck Series race at Kansas Speedway.

“Randy,” Skinner said after the race, which began on Saturday, was ended for good by rain after 132 of the scheduled 167-laps, “we got it.”
Last year’s series champion, Johnny Benson finished second and Brian Scott was third.

The victory was the 26th of Skinner’s career. It came in his 184th start.

It was his first at Kansas and a sweetie it was. No matter that it took three days to get and the celebration was held in a bone-chilling mist.

It was sweet first because it was a victory, second because it pushed him to the top of the point standings and third because it made Moss a winner.

“This says a lot for Randy Moss Motorsports,” Skinner said.

Moss, an All Pro wide receiver for the NFL’s New England Patriots, dove into truck ownership last year when he became a partner with long-time owner David Dollar.

This year, the team is fielding two trucks – one for Skinner and one for rookie Tayler Malsam.

The team has shown steady progress and on Monday, it got what it has been looking for.

“This is definitely huge,” Dollar said. “It’s exciting to bring my co-owner his first win. This feels so dang good.”

Dollar said he got a text message from Moss – who was in New England Monday – immediately after the race.

Skinner said he expected his cell phone to light up with calls from Moss at any moment and said he is quite sure that Moss will be demanding the spoils of the victory.

The race restarted about 2 p.m. Central, four hours later than scheduled as rain fell through the morning hours.

Skinner had the lead on the restart and took the field to the green flag.

Twenty-four cars restarted the race. Nine cars had retired during Saturday’s portion of the race and left Kansas during the weekend.

Two other trucks, those of Jennifer Jo Cobb and Ben Stancill, were still running when rain and a tornado brought the red flag out on Saturday, but opted not to stick around for Monday’s restart.

Skinner led from the restart on lap 52 until lap 87.  Brian Scott took over for three laps from there and Ron Hornaday Jr. led the next 24.

Skinner took the lead again on lap 119 on a restart and continued to hold it when rain brought out a second red flag, that on lap 132.

A half hour or so later, officials ended the race.

Hornaday finished fourth.

He now trails Skinner by 25 points in the standings.

Kyle Busch had led the series coming into the weekend but did not drive at Kansas.  That pushed him back to sixth in points.

Todd Bodine, who was second when the race started, dropped to third. He had wrecked his truck on Saturday and though he was running at the end Monday, he finished just 21st.

Considering the bizarre circumstances of the weekend, few tears were shed after the race was called. Even the non-winners seemed to just be happy to be getting out of town.

Benson, for example, was “really happy” to be leaving with second place.

Jim Pedley | Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Monday, April 27 2009
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