Cup Series irregular Mike Skinner and NASCAR vice-president of corporate communications Jim Hunter were among the luminaries who represented stock car racing at the recent Goodwood Festival of Speed in England, but the driver also got 'good wood' during a side trip to St Andrews.

Skinner shot 78 on the famed Old Course, the site of Tiger Woods' first British Open win in 2000, and revelled in the Scottish venue, where Woods also won in 2005.

"We had caddies, and you just pay attention and do what they say," Skinner said, "If you hit the ball pretty good... I hit the ball exceptionally well and putted good.

"But the coolest part was just the whole experience. When we got to St Andrews, the views from our rooms [in the Old Course Hotel] were amazing, overlooking [holes] 17 and two, and you can see all the way down to one and 18.

"It's something I can check off my bucket list, but it might reappear on my bucket list to do it again - it was that cool."

By Reid Spencer / Sporting News NASCAR Wire Service