Family Drives Skinner To Continued Success

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Marshall Skinner has been a force on the dirt tracks of the southern United States for more than two decades. (Johnny Blaine Smith photo)

MARION, Ark. — Marshall Skinner is a god-fearing man with a big heart for his family and racing.

Skinner, a mid-south born-and-raised 360ci winged sprint car driver, finds himself in contention to win in nearly every single race he enters.

But not only is he a good wheelman, he is one of the friendliest people in the pits.

And that’s no surprise, either. Methanol is in his blood; it has been since birth.

“My mom has photos of me at around three weeks old at the race track, me in her arms in the stands at Riverside in West Memphis,” Skinner told Race Chaser Online. “At that time, Velma (aunt) was dating (long-time Mid-South racer) Ray Bugg. They got married four years after I was born. Everyone knows him as ‘Uncle Ray’ because of that. I grew up with Ray Bugg, and I helped my dad every race night. That’s actually how I got into racing.”

Anyone that sees Skinner’s white No. 26 unloading at the race track instantly knows that winning just became a more daunting task, but even with as many victorious years under his belt as Skinner has, there’s a few moments that stand out to him.

Of particular note was his 2014 season, in which Skinner completed a Mid-South trifecta by winning both the Riverside Int’l Speedway and I-30 Speedway track titles, as well as the COMP CAMS Interstate Cup championship.

“I guess winning all three of the championships in 2014 would be one of my proudest moments,” admitted Skinner. “That was right after I almost quit racing.  I struggled for a few years but my wife just would not let me quit.”

“It’s really cool because exactly twenty years after I won my first championship at Riverside in 1994, I won it again, along with championships at I-30 Speedway and the Comp Cams Interstate Cup.”

With as many wins as he has, it’s difficult to isolate just one or two, but Skinner had an idea on that front as well.

“Winning my first race on the road was really cool too,” said Skinner. “It was just me at 22 years old and my 20 year old friend. Just me and him out beatin’ the road and I won. I won my first USCS race in Savannah, Georgia over on the east coast at Oglethorpe Speedway Park in 1998. And then a year later, I won a USCS championship.”

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