Grass mowing and Sunday driving for Bobby Hamilton

Two hundred laps at Michigan Speedway will be nothing more than a quick Sunday drive for Bobby Hamilton after his tune-up for the Kmart 400. Hamilton, a NASCAR veteran from Nashville, Tenn., spent most of Tuesday afternoon mowing...

Two hundred laps at Michigan Speedway will be nothing more than a quick Sunday drive for Bobby Hamilton after his tune-up for the Kmart 400. Hamilton, a NASCAR veteran from Nashville, Tenn., spent most of Tuesday afternoon mowing several acres on his tractor. That session also included plenty of work with a weed eater. He then drove 10 hours in his motorhome from Charlotte, N.C., to Brooklyn, Mich., on Wednesday before settling down in the lush Irish Hills. "Working like that helps me relax a little between races," Hamilton said. "I don't do it all the time, but every once in a while, I really enjoy it. It gives me time to think. We had to pick up the motorhome in Charlotte, so I just decided to drive it to the track myself. "Now all that's out of the way, I'm more than ready to get back behind the wheel of the No. 4 Kodak Chevrolet. Michigan is a wide, multi-grooved race track and it is pretty fun to drive if the car is setup right," Hamilton said. "Driving on a track like Michigan caters to so many different driving styles. It can be a driver's track, but drafting comes into play a little too. The drafting isn't the same as it is at Talladega or Daytona, but it can help a car in traffic. "I'm not the best qualifier at Michigan. These days it is so important to qualify good. The trend has sort of gone to if a car unloads off of a hauler fast, it'll stay fast and qualify fast. I feel if you can unload a car and practice in the top 25, then you're going to be good. Although, there are some exceptions. "We tested at Michigan a few weeks back. We learned some things. It was a successful test, we think. We'll unload the car with the test setup. I feel comfortable with it. If I can stuff it as hard as I can into the corners, we'll be fast. "This is an important race. It's sort of like Charlotte. Because it's most everyone's home track, they want to win there to have bragging rights," Hamilton commented. " Since Detroit is home to the car manufacturers, it is important to win there. The team gets noticed by the top brass and the brand that wins gets bragging rights. "Morgan-McClure focused on trying to improve the first part of the season during the holidays last year. We felt that if we could improve to match our second half of the season performances, we would move up more in the points standings and win races early. Myself, as a driver, and the team are noticeably second half achievers. Our performance has been better, but the problems continue to follow us. Last week, it was a power steering pump that went bad during the first couple of laps. Maybe if we can get passed Daytona, we will be around the corner. Right on the verge of turning things around. Meanwhile we'll just keep at it." {TB} Morgan-McClure/Hamilton Michigan Statistics 1999 KMart 400-Started 38/Finished 31 Pepsi 400-Started 40/Finished 35 1998 MillerLite 400-Started 19/Finished 38 Pepsi 400-Started 24/Finished 20 *1996-Hamilton won the pole for the Miller 400

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Bobby Hamilton