Fain Skinner made his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis this past weekend. Skinner, driving the #41 Carport Empire Chevy practiced very well and was firmly in the Top 25 in both practices on Saturday.
The Florida native qualified himself into the 34th position, a great conservative lap considering that he was locked into the starting grid for the race.
At the drop of the green flag, Skinner immediately moved up into the Top 30 and was running quick laps while battling traffic as the leaders with clean air, set sail on the pack.
As Ricky Stenhouse in the #6, passed Skinner to put him a lap down, Fain was forced to give room to the leaders who were setting a fierce pace as the race stayed green until lap 104.
“Its rough out there as a rookie to have to give room to the leaders, but you have to earn respect,” stated crew chief Carl Long. “Fain is doing an awesome job of picking on competitors when he can and yet giving room to others when he needs to. Doing a veteran job right now!”
When the checkered flag dropped, Fain Skinner finished 26th without a scratch on the car and the respect of others. “Fain did a great job tonight!”, stated teammate Timmy Hill. “This is the best of the best in racing and he raced smart and clean all night. More than I can so for others in their debut.”