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Skinner wins rain-shortened NASCAR trucks race

Jason White could have been speaking for the other 35 NASCAR Camping World Trucks Series drivers, crew members and track officials on Monday at Kansas Speedway.

Shivering and soggy during the second rain delay in the past 48 hours of the O’Reilly Auto Parts 250, White expressed everyone’s frustration of sitting around on Sunday and waiting almost another four hours to resume the race on Monday afternoon.

“I’m ready to get out of Kansas,” White said as jet-drying trucks vainly tried sucking out the moisture of the 1.5-mile tri-oval.

NASCAR officials mercifully agreed after a 35-minute rain delay, meaning veteran Mike Skinner, who was leading after 132 of the scheduled 167 laps, was the winner in front of a sparse crowd.

Skinner, the series champion in the trucks inaugural season of 1995, not only won his first race of the season and 26th of his career -- which ranks third all-time -- but pulled ahead in the points standings ahead of Kyle Busch, a Sprint Cup regular who did not run this week in Kansas.

Johnny Benson, the pole winner and 2008 Camping World champion, finished second, followed by Brian Scott and defending race champion Ron Horanaday Jr.

Skinner was in the lead on Saturday when the race was called because of storms that led to tornadoes in the area on Saturday night. The race couldn’t resume on Saturday because the IndyCar Series ran at Kansas Speedway on Sunday.

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