Mike Skinner simply dominated tonight's Smith's Las Vegas 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The driver of the Toyota Tundra-sponsored Toyota was fastest in both pre-race practice sessions, won the Bud Pole Award at a record-breaking 30.326 sec./178.065 mph and was never seriously challenged during the 146-lap race. "We had an awesome truck," Skinner explained. "The truck was really good last night (during Friday's two optional testing sessions on the repaved LVMS 1.5-mile superspeedway). We quit practice an hour early last night and the quit practice early again today. I wanted to save time and laps on the motor. I knew if the finish stayed green long enough we had a truck that was gonna be hard to beat. I think Teddy (Musgrave, who finished second) was gonna be good but our truck turned a little bit better from center out on the corner and I at least I thought that's where his weakness was. But it was awesome - a good day for us." Skinner was asked if he had dominated many races the way he had at Las Vegas. "We've dominated so many darn races and come up short this year. This could easily have been the fifth win for us this year but we've either had a darn caution flag or a couple little mechanical problems or we've made a couple mistakes or we've had some tire issues. We've dominated four or five of these races and came up short every time." Skinner led four times for a total of 114 laps and earned $54,675.00. The victory was Skinner's first of the 2006 season and the 19th of his NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series career. Ted Musgrave (in another Toyota) finished second and Mike Bliss (in a Chevrolet) finished third. Australian Marcos Ambrose finished seventh and won the Raybestos Rookie-of-the-Race Award. Todd Bodine, who won last year's race, finished 12th after struggling with handling problems. Brendan Gaughan of Las Vegas finished 15th after starting 23rd.

Smith's Las Vegas 350 Results