Skinner Wins At Sparta

Mike Skinner completely dominated Saturday
night's Built Ford Tough 225 leading 135 of 150 laps to earn his
series-leading fourth victory of the season.
With the victory, Skinner became just the second driver 50 years
or older to win a series race and set a record by leading his 13th
consecutive race every one of the year. He celebrated his 50th
birthday two weeks ago.
Skinner's championship lead grew to 164 points over Ron Hornaday
Jr., who finished 10th. Skinner took the lead for the final time on
the 105th lap when he passed defending series champion Todd Bodine.
He held a 5.57 second margin of victory half a straightaway over
Travis Kvapil's Ford. Kvapil in turn edged Ted Musgrave as the pair
battled for the runner-up spot over the race's final 10 laps.
Skinner averaged 127.175 mph in the series second fastest race.
He won $86,425 in recording his 23rd victory in a 142-race career.
Six different drivers exchanged the lead 10 times.
Skinner has completed every one of the season's 2,193 laps and
has finished out of the top 10 just once.
Pole winner Ryan Mathews, one of the winner's two teammates at
Bill Davis Racing, finished fourth ahead of 1994 NASCAR Busch
Series champion David Green, who was making his first appearance in
the series since 1997.
Jon Wood, top rookie finisher Joey Clanton, Bill Lester, Mike
Bliss and Hornaday completed the top 10.
The first 14 finishers completed all 150 laps with 27 of the 35
starters taking the checkered flag.
Accidents claimed three drivers including Roush Fenway Ford
teammates Erik Darnell and Peter Shepherd. Neither was injured nor
was veteran Terry Cook, whose Toyota also was wrecked in the Turn
2, lap 59 incident with Shepherd.


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