Susanville native inducted into West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame
Rudy Macgowan, left, Doc Blevins, Dallas Langley, Mike Skinner, Angie Skinner, Richard Childress, Judy Childress, Bill Davis and Gail Davis celebrate Mike Skinner’s induction into the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame on Thursday, June 19 in Napa, California. Photo submitted
July 1 — About 40 years ago, Mike Skinner made his stock car racing debut on the dirt track at Diamond Mountain Speedway in Susanville. Now, after a successful career in NASCAR and a national truck championship, Skinner has been inducted to the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame.
“To be able to even be eligible for nomination, you have to achieve success at the highest level attainable in the Western United States … it’s a big deal,” said Ken Clapp, West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame Board Chairman.
Skinner is a Susanville native who began racing at the Lassen County Fairgrounds in the 1970s. In the early 90s, he moved to North Carolina to seek out a career in racing, and ended up winning the Late Model Championship at Caraway Speedway a year later.
In 1995, he was hired by Richard Childress Racing and competed in the first NASCAR Camping Work Truck Series. He won the race that year and went on to rack up seven more wins and the first championship in the series. Shortly after, he began racing full time in the Sprint Cup Series and was awarded Rookie of the Year.