Skinner Crashes In Happy Hour

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RICHMOND, Va. - Mike Skinner will have to go to another backup car after crashing his pole winning U.S. Army Pontiac during Happy Hour for Saturday night's Chevy Rock and Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway. The team is going to get another car from its shop in Concord, N.C.

"This is just my luck," said Skinner. "We're running out of cars. We've got another one coming, but we just won't practice. 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."

"We recovered from the first one pretty good. If we can recover half that good tomorrow night, we're going to be in good shape. It's not easy to recover from something like that. The first car that we tore up today, I blame myself for. And I don't know that I made any mistakes. It just came around."

Skinner impacted the same spot Jerry Nadeay hit back in May.

"When I saw Mike hit the same wall Jerry (Nadeau) hit, I thought I was dreaming," said Crew Chief, Ryan Pemberton. "I couldn't believe what I just saw. As soon as I knew Mike was OK, I didn't know if I should cry or laugh, but I decided to laugh because I didn't want people to make fun of me crying. We're going to get another race car here (from the team's Concord, N.C. shops) and go after it tomorrow."

Jeff Burton was the fastest in Happy Hour turning a lap of 125.006 mph in the CITGO Ford around the .75-mile oval.

Saturday night's Chevy Rock & Roll 400 will take the green flag at 7:30 p.m. (ET).

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