Bobby Hamilton''s May days at charlotte

Morgan-McClure Motorsports will compete in the upcoming Winston Open for the first time in nine years. The team, which has participated in the Winston since 1991, will try to win a transfer spot into the legendary event by winning The ...

Morgan-McClure Motorsports will compete in the upcoming Winston Open for the first time in nine years. The team, which has participated in the Winston since 1991, will try to win a transfer spot into the legendary event by winning The Winston Open. The Open is a 50-lap race run on Saturday evening prior to The Winston at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Harrisburg, N.C.

"We are testing a couple of new cars this week at Michigan Speedway. We'll run one of them in the 600 (Coca-Cola) at Charlotte," Bobby Hamilton, driver of the No. 4 Kodak Max Film Monte Carlo, said.

"We hope to win the Open and be able to race in The Winston. I like running that race, because it is a wide-open, nothing-held-back type of race. It kind of reminds me of racing back in the good old days. Saturday night racing under the lights creates a fun atmosphere. The fans really get into it. So do the drivers. It gives the teams a chance to race hard and win big money. A win in the Open or The Winston would give our team the momentum it needs. We could carry it into the Coca-Cola 600.

"Our test at Michigan will certainly help our efforts in Charlotte. Also, we'll use The Open as a test for running the 600. I like racing at Charlotte. I have always wanted to win there. It would probably mean as much to me to win at that track than it would to win at, say, Indy," Hamilton added.

"Racing 600 miles at Lowe's Motor Speedway is easier to me than racing 500 miles at Dover. If you have your car hooked up, you can just ride around the track and take care of the equipment until the end. If you don't use up your equipment, then you have a shot to win. Two years ago, I finished fourth in the fall race. Last year we had decent finishes. I feel confident that we can have a good finish if we stay out of trouble.

"Morgan-McClure will be running the Navy car in the 600. It's exciting. We're proud to be part of that program. I think it promotes a positive side of our country and that makes me feel good. Many of the Navy personnel will be on hand the Sunday of the 600 to cheer on the Kodak MAX Film Chevy.With the Coca-Cola 600 being run on Memorial Day weekend, I think we all should take a moment to stop and be thankful that we have such a great military program in this country.

"The guys on the team are a little down right now. I guess I am too. It just seems we cannot get the break we so desperately need. Larry (McClure, owner) and I both know this team is easily a top-10 points team. We still have a bunch of races this season. We can pick it up. I know we can. The team is capable. We're really looking toward turning things around during Charlotte. All we need is just a little luck and we'll be right back where we should be," Hamilton said.

{TB} Hamilton/Morgan-McClure Statistics at Lowe's Motor Speedway

1999 Spring-Started 13th/Finished 13th Fall-Started 15th/Finished 22nd

1998 Spring-Started 40th/Finished 20th Fall-Started 5th/Finished 4th

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Bobby Hamilton