Mike Skinner hopes to return to the NASCAR Winston Cup Series in
2002 as a physically rejuvenated driver with his new team,
Morgan-McClure Motorsports. 

Skinner, a former NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champion, has
competed in 167 Winston Cup races without a victory. He left Richard
Childress Racing in order to have reconstructive knee and ankle
surgery, and he hopes his physical condition is an auger of on-track

After finishing a career-best 10th in points in 1999, Skinner has
suffered in the two subsequent seasons. He fell to 12th in 2000; and
then, after winning a Gatorade 125-Mile Qualifying Race for the
Daytona 500 at Speedweeks 2001, inexplicably fell into a serious

In 23 starts, he had only one top-10 finish. He crashed in the
inaugural race at Chicagoland Speedway, suffering an ankle injury and
aggravating an old knee injury. After struggling through five more
races, with a best finish of 18th, he stepped out of the No. 31 RCR
Chevrolet to have surgery. 

Skinner drove for Childress for six years in Winston Cup after winning
the inaugural Truck Series championship. He shone in the Busch
Series in 2001, with nine top-10 finishes and one Bud Pole in 14

Although Skinner has yet to make a big impact in the Winston Cup
Series, he is no stranger to racing. His career began nearly 20 years
ago at tracks in Nevada and California. Soon, he decided to move
east and pursue a racing career. 

Skinner was picked up by Childress at the inception of the Craftsman
Truck Series and scored the series' inaugural victory, along with seven
others. He posted 17 top-5 and 18 top-10 finishes in 20 races en
route to winning the series' first championship.

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