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Skinner's Late-Race Charge Falls Short by Inches at I-30
Inside Line Promotions - LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Sept. 20, 2017) - Marshall Skinner finished second by only a few inches after catching a late-race break at I-30 Speedway Saturday night.
Skinner began the evening with a fourth-place finish in his heat race after starting seventh.
"I had my 5-year-old daughter draw this time hoping to change our drawing luck," he said. "But it turned out she couldn't do any better."
His heat finish placed him ninth on the starting grid for the night's 20-car main event. Skinner was running sixth with two laps remaining when the yellow flag flew, giving him hope of advancing another position or two before the checkered flag. Brian Bell led the race followed by Cody Gardner, Howard Moore, Terry Gray, Morgan Turpen and Skinner.
"I got to thinking as we lined up for the restart that this probably wasn't going to be good," he said. "I know Cody wants to win a race and he won't give Brian any room. Sure enough, they got together going into turn three after the race restarted while Moore spun off the track, bringing out the yellow again."
In a second attempt at a green-white-checkered finish, Skinner lined up third behind Gray and Turpen.
"I kind of figured Morgen would hold back a bit on the restart to help her teammate (Gray) out and that's what she did," he said. "And I can't say I wouldn't do the same for my teammate. So I went to the top of the banking and was able to get up a head of steam and pass her once we got by the cone.
"But Terry already had about a four-car length lead over me. I was able to make up almost all of that ground by the finish when I pulled alongside of him. He beat me by about 10 inches. I couldn't make my move and show him my nose wing until the very end. Terry's a seasoned racer and he'd take that line away from me if I did it earlier."
Skinner also debuted a new sponsor - Huntington's Disease Awareness - last week.
Huntington's Disease (HD) is a fatal genetic disorder that causes the progressive breakdown of nerve cells in the brain. It deteriorates a person's physical and mental abilities during their prime working years and has no cure. HD is known as the quintessential family disease because every child of a parent with HD has a 50/50 chance of carrying the faulty gene.
"We'd like to welcome Huntington's Disease Awareness on board with us," Skinner said. "It's a terminal disease with no known cure. We just want to make the public more aware of it and we hope that an increased awareness will eventually lead to a cure."
Skinner plans to compete at Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis, Ark., this Saturday, where he'll be racing for his fifth track title. He is currently tied for the lead in the championship standings.
QUICK RESULTS -
Sept. 16 - I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Ark. - Heat race: 4 (7); Feature: 2 (9).
SEASON STATS -
25 races, 2 wins, 14 top fives, 21 top 10s, 21 top 15s, 22 top 20s
UP NEXT -
Saturday at Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis, Ark.
MEDIA LINKS -
SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT - West Tennessee Expediting
West Tennessee Expediting is a trucking company based in Ripley, Tenn.
"West Tennessee Expediting is a great expediting service for someone who needs something in a hurry," Skinner said. "I've known Jeff Bruckner, who owns the company, for about 20 years. Jeff is a former racer and we're good friends. I really appreciate his assistance this year."
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, Robert Thorne Landscaping, American Outdoor Inc., CnB Chubby, DHR Suspension, Xtreme Race Graphics, Water & Wastewater Services, Cooper Racing Enterprises, BB&T Racing, 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 and Huntington's Disease Awareness for their continued support.