Robert Pressley, released from Jasper Motorsports at the end of the 2001 NASCAR Winston Cup season, has signed with Bobby Hamilton Racing in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series for 2002. Pressley will drive the team's No. 18 Dodge.

Pressley finished 25th in the Winston Cup point standings with 34 starts with one top-five (five top-ten) finishes -- his best was second place at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois.

After the disappointment of losing the ride, Pressley's outlook is now on the upswing.

"This is a great move for me," Pressley said. "This team has won races over the last few years, and I can't wait to get back to winning form with this group of guys that Bobby (Hamilton) has put together. They build some really good trucks, and everyone on the team is dedicated to winning a championship.

"Bobby and I have been talking for a few months about doing this deal, and after I tested one of their trucks at Atlanta (Motor Speedway) a few weeks ago, I knew this could be my new home. I can't wait to get to Daytona for the first race."

Pressley will team with crew chief Danny Gill and drivers Bill Lester and Brian Rose in 2002. Hamilton Racing plans to field three trucks in an effort to win the CTS championship.

"Robert is just what we need to get to the top of the Craftsman Truck Series," Hamilton said. "He's smooth on the truck, easy on tires, and very hungry to get back to Victory Lane. I think he is what this race team is looking for in a driver, and I think this is just the situation that could help him showcase his talents."

"The bottom line is, Robert is a winner. He just has not had the right opportunity to win in the last few years, but I think we'll be in the hunt for many victories this coming year."