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.

Carb Day: Tony Kanaan is fastest in final practice for Sunday’s Indy 500

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Tony Kanaan wants to put legendary driver and team owner A.J. Foyt back into Victory Lane at the Indianapolis 500.

Kanaan took a big step toward achieving that goal in Friday’s final practice for Sunday’s 102nd running of the Greatest Spectacle In Racing.

Kanaan was fastest of the 33-driver field, with a best lap around the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval at 227.791 mph, more than 2 mph faster than the second-fastest driver, Kanaan’s former teammate, Scott Dixon (225.684 mph).

Foyt won a record-tying four Indy 500’s as a driver. It’s been nearly 20 years since he also won as a team owner in 1999 with Kenny Brack behind the wheel.

Marco Andretti was third-fastest (225.200 mph), followed by Sebastien Bourdais (224.815), Charlie Kimball (224.712), 2017 Indy 500 winner Takuma Sato (224.083), Will Power (223.942), Danica Patrick (223.653), Spencer Pigot (223.584) and Ed Jones (223.556).

Other notable driver speeds included:

* Pole sitter Ed Carpenter was 14th fastest (223.219 mph).

* Reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champ Josef Newgarden was 15th (223.186 mph).

* Helio Castroneves, hoping to earn a record-tying fourth 500 win, was 17th (222.913 mph).

* Graham Rahal was 21st (222.526).

* Former 500 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay was 26th (221.916 mph), followed by rookie Robert Wickens (221.821 mph), carrying the mantle for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports with James Hinchcliffe having failed to qualify for the race.

* The biggest surprise was 2016 Indy 500 winner Alexander Rossi, who was 32nd fastest (221.374 mph).

We’ll have the full speed grid, as well as full driver quotes, shortly. Please check back soon.

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