NASCAR: Former Truck Series champ Mike Skinner sets Goodwood record (VIDEO)

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Inaugural NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion and former Sprint Cup veteran Mike Skinner was among a healthy NASCAR contingent that visited last weekend’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.

But he wasn’t there just to take in the festivities. Skinner, a former teammate of seven-time Cup champion Dale Earnhardt Sr., claimed victory in the Festival’s Early Rally Cars division of competition.

Driving one of his former No. 5 Toyota Tundras, Skinner blitzed Goodwood’s 1.16-mile Hillclimb course in 50.75 seconds to break Rusty Wallace’s old mark and win the day.

“I love participating in the Goodwood Festival of Speed,” Skinner said in a statement. “It’s such an iconic event that brings the best drivers and cars from all forms of motorsports together.

“It’s a great atmosphere to be a part of, and it meant a lot to me to be able to come out here with our 10-year-old truck and break the record time. We had so many friends and family members behind this effort, so it’s really cool to represent all of them in a winning way.”

Upon the end of his winning run, Skinner also showcased his burnout skills to the appreciative crowds at Goodwood:

“Even though we went over there and were competing, we worked very closely with Danny Lawrence and the Richard Childress Racing guys,” Skinner continued. “We all helped each other–even with the Michael Waltrip Racing and the Richard Petty Motorsports efforts.

“We had four Daytona 500 winners represented, and The King, Richard Petty, was there–it was just really cool. It’s such a neat event, there’s just one big thing after another for three days of competition; it’s like the Kentucky Derby of auto enthusiasts.”

For more Goodwood fun, check out Kerry Earnhardt driving his father Dale Sr.’s No. 3 and this dazzling assortment of classic F1 and sports cars.

Toro Rosso boss hopes to see Kvyat return to Formula 1

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Toro Rosso chief Franz Tost hopes to see sacked driver Daniil Kvyat return to Formula 1 in the near future, saying the Russian “deserves” a place on the grid.

Toro Rosso dropped Kvyat twice through the 2017 season due to poor form, with his final dismissal coming after the United States Grand Prix in October.

Kvyat is no longer part of Red Bull’s motorsport program and is exploring options both inside and outside of F1 for 2018, and Tost feels he could be energized by some time away before returning.

“I am still convinced that Daniil has a very high natural speed. He was sometimes even faster than Daniel Riccardo, but somehow last year and this year he couldn’t show the potential that is within him,” Tost told the official F1 website.

“He was involved in many incidents, but in his defence I also have to say that he had many reliability issues and that didn’t help build up confidence. Being the victim of too many incidents killed the performance he would have been able to show.

“Maybe a short break – to get organized again – and probably we will see Daniil back at his usual performance level with another team.

“Sometimes he was too aggressive at the beginning of the race. The first corner was his weak point. He wanted too much in the first hundred meters – success by any means!

“That puts you under pressure – unnecessary pressure – and that never works.

“I hope for him that he gets another chance, as I think he deserves to be in F1.”