Richmond II: Bobby Hamilton preview

Bobby Hamilton is ready to fight with Marvin the Martian's. CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Sept. 3, 2002) -- You say three's a crowd? Well Schneider Electric driver Bobby Hamilton begs to differ. This weekend for the Monte Carlo 400 with the Looney Tunes --...

Bobby Hamilton is ready to fight with Marvin the Martian's.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Sept. 3, 2002) -- You say three's a crowd? Well Schneider Electric driver Bobby Hamilton begs to differ. This weekend for the Monte Carlo 400 with the Looney Tunes -- the Rematch, Hamilton welcomes the help of Marvin the Martian and his dog K-9 to help him eliminate the competition for the second consecutive year at Richmond International Raceway.

On Saturday night Hamilton and eight other drivers will don the likes of Looney Tunes characters on their Chevrolets. The Rematch is an extension from last year's competition since a Chevrolet driver did not win the fall event at Richmond in 2001. So this year, they'll do it again. Bugs Bunny, Taz, Road Runner, Marvin the Martian and many others will be paired up with NASCAR's elite for another run at victory lane. Hamilton sat down to discuss his advantage over his competition -- Marvin the Martian's X-T-40 disintegrating gun.

How do you think Marvin the Martian can help you in Richmond?

"I'm going to have my hands full. Not only am I going to have Jimmy (Elledge, crew chief) trying to tell me what to do, but I'm going to have this martian hanging around blowing things up. I'll try to use that to my advantage, but I'm not being held responsible for who he gets mad at. Now that I think about it, that could actually work out better for me.

"The Looney Tunes promotion is really fun. We have a great time working with these characters and doing things to promote the whole deal. We have a golf cart race scheduled for Friday morning with our characters. I asked my team to try to cheat my cart up for me. They could make it go a little faster and then Marvin and I could go blow right by everyone else. Actually these characters weigh the carts down a little, so Marvin will have to learn to shift his weight around and we can pick up some speed that way too."

Not only are you racing the Schneider Electric Chevy in Richmond, but you also have decided to race the No. 4 Square D Dodge truck as well on Thursday night. How do you feel that will help you for Saturday's race?

"I love Richmond. It has always been one of my favorite places to race. I've come pretty close to winning there too. We had a great car there last race, but had to pit unexpectedly when we had a tire going down. We lost two laps right off the bat, but ended up getting them back before the race was over. That is almost unheard of on a three-quarter-mile track. I think racing my truck will help us see what the track is going to be like on Saturday night. We can see how the tires hold up and what makes the biggest difference in adjustments. It doesn't matter what I race in Richmond as long as I'm on that track. I wish everywhere we raced was like Richmond."

-apr-

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Bobby Hamilton