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Beyond the Cockpit: Where is Former Truck Series Champion Mike Skinner?

It’s been a few years since inaugural Camping World Truck Series champion Mike Skinner has been in a NASCAR race. Fortunately, when it was time to hang up his helmet, the 28-time winner in NASCAR’s third-tier division sailed off into the sunset with quite the resume. Skinner’s last race was …

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Thee Dixon, First Modern Era African American NASCAR Team Owner, Passes at 76

Thee Carlin Dixon, the first modern era African American team owner in NASCAR, passed away on Feb. 20, 2015. He was 76 years old. Born on Oct. 30, 1938, Dixon was a member of the U.S. Army before transitioning to civilian life. His company, Mansion Decorators, was well-known across the …

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Tearing Apart the Trucks: More Stops, Less Crew Members

Just three races into the season, the Camping World Truck Series is already on an extended break. The series will return to action on March 28th at Martinsville Speedway. So now is a good time to look at the rule changes NASCAR implemented during the offseason. In an effort to help the teams save a large amount of money each week as they travel, NASCAR implemented rule changes that allow a team only a limited number of crew members travelling to the races. In addition, only five crew members are allowed over the wall at any given time on a pit stop, and teams are not able to take tires and fuel during the same stop.

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Tearing Apart the Trucks: Let’s Go Racing Boys!

Here we are again. Another offseason is coming to a close, and the Truck Series is ready to hit the track once again. Time to shake the cobwebs out of your head and get ready for what should be yet another exciting season of Truck Series racing. For the first time since its inaugural year, the Truck Series will have a new series sponsor. Craftsman announced they would not return as the title sponsor following the 2008 season, and after what seemed like forever, Camping World announced they had reached an agreement with NASCAR to sponsor the Truck Series.

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2008 Driver Review: Mike Skinner

*2008 Rides:* No. 27 Bill Davis Racing Toyota (1 race) No. 84 Team Red Bull Toyota (7 races) No. 00 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota (3 races) *2008 Primary Sponsors:* Bad Boy Mowers (No. 27) Red Bull (No. 84) Champion Mortgage / Affliction Clothing (No. 00) *2008 Owners:* Bill Davis (No. 27) Dietrich Mateschitz (No. 84) Michael Waltrip (No. 00)

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Tearing Apart the Trucks: New Faces in the Field

As the Craftsman Truck Series rolls into Martinsville Speedway for the final short track race of the season, there are some new faces on the entry list. Mike Skinner's son Dustin is just one of those drivers; he'll follow in the footsteps of his father and his older brother, Jamie, who also made their debuts at the Virginia short track. The 23-year-old started racing go-karts in 1998 and moved onto 4-wheel racing by 2000, where he won six of the eight races he ran. In 2006, Dustin ran six races in the Florida Association of Stock Car Auto Racing (FASCAR) Pro-Truck Series and won five of those races; he never started outside the Top 10 in those races.

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Running Their Mouth: 2008 Bank of America 500 at Charlotte

_Each week, we’ll go through media reports, interviews, PR, and all our own stuff to find the best quotes from the Sprint Cup race, capturing the story of how the weekend unfolded. It’s the most original commentary you’ll ever find: the truth, coming straight out of the mouths of the drivers, crew members, and the car owners themselves. This week, here’s a sneak peek at what a select few were thinking following the Bank of America 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway:_ "This is an awesome race track; it is so much fun racing here. Turning in to victory lane here is just an incredible feeling. I don't take anything for granted. Real proud of our guys. Everybody has been working really hard and putting a lot of effort in to it. We certainly want to put ourselves in position to win a championship, there is no question about that. Everybody keeps wanting to give somebody the trophy, you know what I mean and it is only half way through. It is not done yet. _Jeff Burton_

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Bubble Breakdown: Scott Riggs, Michael Waltrip Securing Spots For Their Teams In Top 35

Lowe’s Motor Speedway was the venue Saturday night in Charlotte, North Carolina, for the running of the Bank of America 500. With just six races remaining in the '08 season, the bubble teams should now look at each race as a qualifying attempt for next year's Daytona 500. Struggling teams have trouble finding funding, and without a locked-in spot for the 2009 Daytona 500, or the next four races after it for that matter, attracting good sponsorship in a slow economy can be next to impossible. But don’t take my word for it; just give a call to the guys at Morgan-McClure Motorsports and ask them. There was a bit of an interesting story surrounding Lowe’s that didn’t seem to get any attention, probably because it involved back of the pack teams. A.J. Allmendinger was slated by Michel Waltrip Racing to drive the No. 00 Toyota at Lowe’s, just two weeks after being unceremoniously dumped by Team Red Bull. The No. 84 Red Bull Toyota previously driven by the 'Dinger sat just 56 markers ahead of MWR’s double zero team. How big of a smile would A.J. be sporting on his way out of Lowe’s if he were able to knock his former ride out of a Top 35 spot? So was the Dinger grinning after the Bank of America 500 Saturday night? Read on to find out in this week’s edition of the bubble breakdown.

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