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Skinner wins despite expired motor

Mike Skinner won his second race of the season in the Camping World Truck Series, leading 180 of 200 laps in the Lucas Oil 200 at Iowa Speedway.

Skinner pulled away from Aric Almirola on a restart with four laps to go on the .875-mile track, winning by 1.37 seconds, but he did have a few anxious moments.

"The motor died coming off turn 4," Skinner said. "I don't know if it was a fuel pickup thing or vapour lock or what it did. I think it might have boiled some fuel or something. I just nursed her along there and this thing was so fast through the corner, it didn't matter what it was doing tonight."

It was the second victory for Randy Moss Motorsports. Skinner delivered the first in a rain-shortened race at Kansas Speedway in April. Skinner's victory was the 27th of his truck career.

Skinner's Toyota started from pole, extending his all-time lead in the series to 47, but was passed immediately by Matt Crafton. Skinner regained the lead on lap 18 and, with the exception of three laps led by Almirola gained through pit strategy, was in front to the chequered flag.

"It was cool, really, really cool," Skinner added. "This one is for Randy Moss. He's a big race fan and part owner in this team with David Dollar."

Almirola was running ninth when a caution came out on lap 111 and the entire field pitted on separate stops for fuel and tyres. Almirola took only two tyres and fuel and moved into the lead. He wasn't able to hold off Skinner, but he maintained second the rest of the way.

"Our first stop was really bad and we just lost so much track position," Almirola said. "I told (crew chief) Doug George we had to get it back somehow, someway, so we took two tyres. That was a great call on Doug's part. Thank goodness this tyre was hard enough."

Almirola's second was his best finish in 41 truck starts.

Colin Braun continued his strong second half by finishing third. He passed Ron Hornaday Jr. for the position with 10 laps to go.

Hornaday's fourth place allowed him to increase his lead in the championship to 225 over Crafton, who finished sixth. Johnny Sauter was fifth. Austin Dillon, despite spinning, finished 12th in his series debut driving the #3 Chevrolet owned by his grandfather, Richard Childress.

The race also ended Dennis Setzer's consecutive starts in the series at 267, as his team did not enter the race because of a presumed lack of sponsorship. He is second on the all-time list behind Terry Cook, who finished 11th at Iowa in his 289th straight race.


by Tim Tuttle



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