Inside Line Promotions - WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. (Aug. 24, 2020) - Marshall Skinner charged forward to garner a top-five result during USCS Series competition last Saturday night at Riverside International Speedway.
"I was pretty pleased to finish fifth after starting that far back," said Skinner, who rolled off the starting grid in the 11th position in his first 360 sprint car race in about four weeks. "The track kind of came to me as it went on, with the cushion moving up and making the track wider.
"It was a busy race - 24 cars starting on a bullring, bouncing off the cushion and hammer down for 30 laps. When it was over I felt like I'd passed 50 cars. Some of the time I wasn't sure if I was passing a car for position or lapping it."
Earlier in the evening, Skinner finished second in his heat race, keeping him from a better starting position in the A Main.
"I kind of stubbed my toe in the heat race," he said. "I got the car too tight. That one was on me."
While still being without his regular engine, Skinner was able to compete thanks to the aid of a long-time friend.
"My friend, Ed Lee, who lives down on the Gulf Coast, had a car sitting around for a couple of years from when his son raced it," Skinner said. "He told me earlier this year that I was welcome to use the engine. He was coming to this area last week, so he brought the car along. We took the engine out on Saturday, de-winterized it and put it in my car.
"We did a partnership deal. We were both happy with the way it ran and how we finished."
Skinner expects to have his own engine back under the hood in a couple of weeks.
"My parts have arrived, now I just have to put them together," he said. "That takes a little while since I do it myself. I like to take my time and kind of massage everything so that I can get the maximum horsepower."
Skinner plans on returning to action this Saturday at I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Ark.
QUICK RESULTS -
Aug. 22 - Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis, Ark. - Heat race: 2 (3); Feature: 5 (11).
SEASON STATS -
11 races, 0 wins, 3 top fives, 7 top 10s, 7 top 15s, 11 top 20s
UP NEXT -
Saturday at I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Ark.
MEDIA LINKS -
SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT - Bell Helmets
Established in 1954 and proven ever since, Bell is synonymous with the best and safest protective headgear for auto racing, motorcycling and bicycling. For more information, visit http://www.BellRacing.com.
"Bell is the oldest helmet company in the U.S. and there's a reason they've been around for so long," Skinner said. "They make a great product. If you want to be the best, you need to wear the best, which is a Bell helmet."
Skinner would also like to thank J&J Auto Racing, Stinson's Industrial, Final Touch Auto Collision Center, Gant Concrete Pumping, Big Earl Farms, B&D Towing and Recovery, DHR Suspension, Robert Thorne Landscaping, American Outdoor Inc., CnB Chubby, West Tennessee Expediting, Xtreme Race Graphics, Water & Wastewater Services, Cooper Racing Enterprises, BB&T Racing, FSR Radiators, Hinchman Racewear, FK Rod Ends, Killer Coatings, Engler Machine & Tool, Inc., Schoenfeld Headers, DMI, Huggins Cams, PAC Racing Springs, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, KDN Promotions, Stealth Recovery, I-55 Towing, Oval Paints, Huntington's Disease Awareness, OMP America, Deatherage Opticians, Custom Heat & Air, Hedger Brothers Concrete and Quality Flooring and Cleaning for their continued support.
INSIDE LINE PROMOTIONS -
Inside Line Promotions specializes in affordable public relations and media management for motor sports drivers, teams, sponsors, tracks, series, events, organizations and manufacturers. ILP Founder Shawn Miller leverages professional journalism with new media technologies and social networking to improve your exposure and the return on investment for your sponsors.
To meet the media relations needs of your program by joining Team ILP, contact Shawn at 541-510-3663 or Shawn@InsideLinePromotions.com . For more information on Inside Line Promotions, visit http://www.InsideLinePromotions.com.
*PHOTO BY SPEED DEMON PRODUCTIONS*