BUSCH: Nashville: Bobby Hamilton Jr preview

Hamilton Jr. returns home to Nashville with a secret weapon .... Nashville native looks for his second career Busch Series win on Saturday LEBANON, TN --- Team Marines NASCAR Busch Series driver Bobby Hamilton Jr. will return home this...

Hamilton Jr. returns home to Nashville with a secret weapon
.... Nashville native looks for his second career Busch Series win on Saturday

LEBANON, TN --- Team Marines NASCAR Busch Series driver Bobby Hamilton Jr. will return home this weekend with his focus squarely on Victory Lane at the Nashville Superspeedway. Hamilton Jr., a resident of White House, TN, has recorded finishes of third, second and tenth in his last three outings at the 1.333-mile concrete oval. The 25-year-old driver will enter the Trace Adkins Chrome 300 with a secret weapon on his side, Harold Holly.

Veteran crew chief Harold Holly joined the Team Marines Racing Team just last week. Holly is a previous winner at Nashville Superspeedway, leading Scott Riggs to victory in April 2002.

"I am really looking forward to getting back to Nashville," Hamilton Jr. said. "With the combination of Robert Yates horsepower, Harold Holly's chassis knowledge and experience, and the strength of Team Rensi behind me, I feel very confident about our chances of winning this weekend. If the racing Gods will smile on us this weekend, we can win this race. It seems like we have never had the luck fall our way in Nashville, maybe this time it will."

With qualifying and track position two of the main keys for victory at Nashville Superspeedway, Hamilton Jr. and Holly have to be excited about their chances for a win. In four races, Hamilton Jr. has an average qualifying position of 4.75 and Holly has led drivers to an average qualifying position of 4.00 in three races.

"Qualifying is going to be real important for us this weekend," Hamilton Jr. said. "When you qualify up front it gives you the momentum to carry forward to the race the next day. It also gives our team one of the first pit selections, which is always important. It's also time for me to win a pole for Team Rensi, we have always qualified well, but I haven't won these guys a pole yet."

Keep an eye on the # 25 Team Marines Ford Taurus this weekend. Behind the steering wheel you will find one of the hungriest drivers in NASCAR. Hamilton Jr. wants nothing more than to win his hometown race on Saturday night.

PIT NOTES

* A special ceremony was held at The Team Marines race shop on Tuesday morning. MSGT Tim Ellenbecker reenlisted into the Marines Corps for three more years, giving him a total of 25 years of service. In addition to the reenlistment, Ellenbecker was promoted to Master Sergeant.

* Bobby Hamilton Jr. is the only driver to lead a lap in all four Busch Series races at The Nashville Superspeedway. As long as he leads the final lap, lap number 225, on Saturday night, Hamilton Jr. will come away a very happy racecar driver.

* Saturday night's race is also a homecoming race for Team Rensi Motorsports

* Team manager Ronnie Russell. Russell is a native of Clarksville, TN.

* For more information on Bobby Hamilton and the Team Rensi Motorsports Team, check out the following websites; www. teamrensimotorsports.com and www. Teammarinesracing.com

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