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Skinner Overcomes Late Arrival to Score Top-Five Finish During Season Opener
Inside Line Promotions - LEXINGTON, Tenn. (May 3, 2018) - A late arrival to the track failed to slow Marshall Skinner during his 2018 sprint car debut with the USCS Series last Saturday at Lexington 104 Speedway.
Skinner led most of the 30-lap feature before finishing fourth despite missing hot laps to open the night. He finished second in his heat race, which marked his first time on a track this year.
"We got kind of a late start and then the interstate was closed due to a bad wreck, which really made us late," he said. "I was pretty happy with the way things went since the heat race was our first time on the track this year."
A second-place finish from his pole starting position in the heat race placed Skinner sixth in points following the heat races. An inversion of six put him on the pole for the night's main event.
"I was able to get the lead at the start and held it through a couple of restarts for about 25 laps," he said. "But then my hands started getting numb and tired because I had to grip the steering wheel so tight since the track was really rough.
"I was running a line that felt good to me and I didn't see or hear any other cars close to me. All of a sudden, someone blasted by me running a different line and then a couple more went by. I moved down to that line and found rubber and realized how they got by me."
Despite losing the lead late in the race, Skinner was satisfied with a fourth-place finish during his season debut.
"I'm pretty sure my hands wouldn't have been an issue if I had already raced several times this year like the others have," he said. "And since it was my first race, I didn't put a new right rear tire on like the others did. It was a pretty solid field of drivers - Tim Crawley, Tony Stewart, Derek Hagar and Jeff Swindell in addition to the USCS regulars. I'm pretty happy with the way it went after getting there late."
A recent change in the USCS schedule has altered Skinner's racing plans for this weekend.
"I'd planned to race the two races in Alabama this weekend until they cancelled them," he said. "I think we'll probably go to the new race they scheduled at ECM Speedway in Bremen, Ala., this Saturday if the weather looks good."
QUICK RESULTS -
April 28 - Lexington 104 Speedway in Lexington, Tenn. - Heat race: 2 (1); Feature 4 (1).
SEASON STATS -
1 race, 0 wins, 1 top five, 1 top 10, 1 top 15, 1 top 20
UP NEXT -
Saturday at ECM Speedway in Bremen, Ala., with the USCS Mid-South and Deep South Regions
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SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT - BB&T Racing
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"I assemble my own engines and BB&T does all of my machine work," Skinner said. "They're super good guys and do excellent work. If I need something done in a hurry, they get it done. I also buy my racing fuel from them. I really appreciate their support."
Skinner would also like to thank Stinson's Industrial, Final Touch Auto Collision Center, Gant Concrete Pumping, J&J Auto Racing, Big Earl Farms, B&D Towing, DHR Suspension, Robert Thorne Landscaping, American Outdoor Inc., CnB Chubby, West Tennessee Expediting, Xtreme Race Graphics, Water & Wastewater Services, Cooper Racing Enterprises, FSR Radiators, Hinchman Racewear, FK Rod Ends, Killer Coatings, Arai Helmets, Engler Machine & Tool, Inc., Schoenfeld Headers, DMI, Huggins Cams, PAC Racing Springs, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, KDN Promotions, Stealth Recovery, I-55 Towing, Oval Paints, Huntington's Disease Awareness and OMP America for their continued support.
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Hagar Nets Podium Finish at Lexington 104 Speedway With USCS Series
Inside Line Promotions - LEXINGTON, Tenn. (May 3, 2018) - Derek Hagar tied his season-best result last Saturday at Lexington 104 Speedway, where he garnered a third-place finish during the USCS Series event.
The night began with Hagar advancing from fifth to fourth place in a heat race. That lined him up on the outside of the fifth row for the A Main.
"My car really came in the last quarter of the race and we got up to third," he said. "I believe we were faster than the guys in front of us at the end. I'm not saying if we had a caution we would have won, but we would have been in the hunt. To pass good cars and get a podium finish was really nice."
The third-place result was Hagar's second podium finish and third top five of the season.
Last weekend began on Friday at Paducah International Raceway in Paducah, Ky., which hosted the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour presented by SawBlade.com. Hagar finished where he started - sixth - in a heat race before maneuvering from seventh to third place in the B Main on the challenging track.
"You had to go in there and run it through the ruts," he said. "We were able to work our way forward to get a good transfer spot."
Hagar started the A Main on the inside of the 10th row.
"I planned on just starting and parking, but as a race car driver it's hard to do that," he said. "I wasn't really in harm's way so I stayed out there and rode around, passed a couple of cars here and there. It was sure hard on the car. Turns three and four were pretty rough. Turns one and two were slick, but it had a big hole getting into turn one. If you didn't miss it it was nasty. It ate up a couple of cars."
Hagar drove a conservative race and he worked his way to a 12th -place result.
QUICK RESULTS -
April 27 - Paducah International Raceway in Paducah, Ky. - Heat race: 6 (6); B Main: 3 (7); Feature: 12 (19).
April 28 - Lexington 104 Speedway in Lexington, Tenn. - Heat race: 4 (5); Feature: 3 (10).
SEASON STATS -
13 races, 0 wins, 3 top fives, 4 top 10s, 7 top 15s, 10 top 20s
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SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT - J&J Auto Racing
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"They've been in the family since J&J Auto Racing started building cars," Hagar said. "My stepdad's dad owned race cars back in the Riverside days. They are good, safe, dependable race cars and great people to deal with."
Hagar would also like to thank Dynotech Performance, DHR Suspension, B&D Towing, Xtreme Race Graphics, Fragola Performance Systems, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Weld Wheels, Hinchman Racewear, Wix Filters, Wings Unlimited, FK Rod Ends, Valvoline and Ti64 for their continued support.
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