Atlanta Motor Speedway Friday notes

MUSGRAVE ON HAMILTON'S ROAD AHEAD: Ted Musgrave, himself a cancer survivor, said Friday that he was shocked to hear that Bobby Hamilton had been diagnosed with cancer and was temporarily stepping out of the truck in order to receive ...

MUSGRAVE ON HAMILTON'S ROAD AHEAD: Ted Musgrave, himself a cancer survivor, said Friday that he was shocked to hear that Bobby Hamilton had been diagnosed with cancer and was temporarily stepping out of the truck in order to receive treatment.

"It just goes to show you that nobody's superman," Musgrave said. "I know what he's going to be going through, to some extent, and I feel for him. It's a shame he can't run while he's receiving treatment like I did, because sometimes the best medicine is getting to do what you love. But there are so many different types of cancer, and the treatments are all different, and evidently he's not able to do both."

Musgrave was able to compete in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series throughout his treatment during the 2003 season, even finishing third in the final series standings. He said he had not yet been able to speak directly with Hamilton, but he hoped to once things calmed down.

"It's a bad deal," Musgrave said. "It can be a real wake-up call, because time passes by pretty fast, and you realize you better slow down and enjoy some things. Bobby's a tough dude. He'll be back. And who knows, you might see a whole new side of Bobby Hamilton."

RAGAN RUNS THE BIG TRACK: Another young local driver is joining the ranks of the NASCAR elite. Although David Ragan has competed in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series before, he hasn't yet run at his home track, Atlanta Motor Speedway.

"I think I've got more wins here than anybody, but on the quarter-mile track," Ragan said. "It's definitely a fast place, a fun place with a lot of grip. I'm really looking forward to racing here tonight in front of my hometown fans."

Ragan is a former champion in the Thursday Thunder series, often competing against NASCAR Busch Series regular Reed Sorenson.

"It's an incredible opportunity, driving with Roush Racing," Ragan said. "There's a lot of pressure that goes along with running the big track. I need to make the right moves and do the right thing, try to finish all the laps and maybe end in the top 15. That would be a good night."

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Bobby Hamilton , Ted Musgrave , David Ragan , Reed Sorenson