Skinners honored with quarterly Spirit Award

DARLINGTON, S.C. – Former NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Mike Skinner and his wife, Angie, have been selected as the fourth quarter recipients of the National Motorsports Press Association’s Pocono Spirit Award.

The Skinners were chosen for their annual benefit, known as the Skinner Roundup, which raises funds in support of Hope For The Warriors, a national nonprofit dedicated to restoring a sense of self, family and hope for service members, veterans and military families.

This year’s Roundup raised more than $220,000 to go toward the project.

Skinner, who competed in all three of NASCAR’s national series, won the inaugural Truck Series title in 1995 and earned 28 victories in the series.

Others receiving votes for the fourth quarter award were NASCAR drivers Joey Gase, Denny Hamlin and Kyle Larson and former drivers Darrell and Michael Waltrip.

The NMPA Pocono Spirit Award recognizes character and achievement in the face of adversity, sportsmanship and contributions to motorsports.

Each year, the membership of the NMPA selects quarterly recipients as well as an overall winner of the Spirit Award. The award is sponsored by Pocono (Pa.) Raceway and has been presented annually since 1992.

The Skinners join NASCAR spotter Chris Osborne, artist Jeanne Barnes and journalist Al Pearce as quarterly award recipients for 2016.

The overall winner of the 2016 NMPA Pocono Spirit Award will be announced Saturday, January 21, 2017, during the NMPA’s annual convention and awards ceremony in Concord, N.C.

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