Friday's Bud Pole winner Mike Skinner blotted his copybook severely when he crashed for the second time inside one day at the Richmond International Raceway, meaning he will have to start Saturday's Chevy Rock 'n Roll 400 from the back of the grid.

Skinner, who crashed the primary #01 U.S. Army Pontiac on his very first practice lap on Friday, then took the back-up machine to a sensational pole position during the afternoon's Bud Pole qualifying session.

However, less than an hour after having his first pole of the season confirmed, Skinner then lost control of the back-up car early on during the second of three practice session's crammed into Friday's busy on-track schedule.

"I hit oil from the No. 10 car (teammate, Johnny Benson)," defended Skinner. "I don't know for sure that was the car. This is just my luck. We're running out of cars. The first time, I didn't know what happened. I knew what happened this time. As soon as I hit Turn 1, I knew what happened. We hit oil and spun around."

With both cars damaged, the Ryan Pemberton-led team had no choice but to rush a third chassis up from the team's workshop in Charlotte, North Carolina.

With Petty Enterprises' Christian Fittipaldi the only other driver having to move to the back of the grid for Saturday night's 400-lap battle, Skinner faces an arduous battle back to the front in a car that won't have turned a wheel all weekend and will be best suited to another Winston Cup track.

The main beneficiary of Skinner's demotion is third place qualifier Mark Martin, who, as per NASCAR rules, simply moves up one place in his row. Second place qualifier Greg Biffle will remain on the outside of the front row as all drivers scheduled to start on the inside move up one row.

 

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