Bristol: Bobby Hamilton Jr preview

Notes and Quotes Bobby Hamilton Sr. will be prestigiously honored for his accomplishments in the Motorsports Industry at the Food City Family Race Night festivities in downtown Bristol on Thursday August 24th. Festivities run from 1:00 to 9:00pm...

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Bobby Hamilton Sr. will be prestigiously honored for his accomplishments in the Motorsports Industry at the Food City Family Race Night festivities in downtown Bristol on Thursday August 24th. Festivities run from 1:00 to 9:00pm ET. Hamilton Sr.'s award will be presented to him by NASCAR President Mike Helton.

Bobby Hamilton Jr. will be making his first NCTS start at BMS. Hamilton Jr. has 9 NASCAR Busch Series starts there with a best finish of 6th. (March 22nd 2003). Hamilton Jr. also has two NASCAR Nextel Cup starts at Bristol. He qualified 8th at Bristol for last fall's Cup event.

The O'Reilly Auto Parts 200 will mark Hamilton Jr.'s 22nd NCTS career start.

Hamilton Jr. will be making his 14th start in the No. 18 Fastenal Dodge at the O'Reilly Auto Parts 200. Hamilton Jr. made three starts in the No. 08 to start off the 2006 NCTS season.

Bobby Hamilton Sr. on being honored for his accomplishments in this sport: "When they called me from Food City and offered to present this award to me it really blew me away. It is such an honor for me to even be thought of for the award. Food City has been such an outstanding sponsor for several years in our sport and their race night is one of the biggest events planned. Mike Helton being there and presenting the award to me really means a lot. I have enjoyed my time in racing and am itching for the day that I get back behind the wheel. So I am truly honored that people recognize my love for NASCAR as it has truly been a tremendous way of life."

Bobby Hamilton Sr. on racing at Bristol: "Night racing, beating and banging - we're lucky if we leave Bristol and there is still fenders on the trucks. That is what makes this event such a huge success. Bristol is fun, fast and tempers flare. The fans get what they paid for and the owners seem to pay more out trying to fix the trucks afterward than prepare them before hand. It is really a lot of fun and very exciting that is for sure. We're looking to have a great run there, as long as we stay out of trouble from everyone else Bobby Jr. should bring that Fastenal Dodge home in the front."

Bobby Hamilton Jr. on Bristol: "I've got really mixed feelings about Bristol. I like racing there, but so much can happen out of your control. The toughest part of the night will be track position. It is really hard to pass. So the pit crew has to be on there game when we make stops and I have to be on mine on the track. Bristol has been known to tear up a lot of equipment. It's not unusual for a crash to collect more than just one vehicle. So when I see smoke, I just hold my breath and hope for the best. I have had some pretty good runs there so I am looking forward to another short track. I know the fans love the racing but for me, Bristol is mentally draining on the driver."

Crew Chief Danny Gill on Bristol: "I have always run well there in the past. Bobby Jr. and I unloaded second fastest there last year with the Cup program and we had only been together for a handful of weeks. I was really encouraged by how well we performed there, how fast the car was and how well he gets around there. He is not noted to be a short track driver but he has a pole this year at Martinsville, a top ten there, and he ran well at Memphis so I am really excited about going to Bristol with him. The thing about Bristol is that it is a short track but it is so fast and that excites him. Anywhere you can go fast is good for him because that0x2859s what he likes to do. Just going to Bristol is really special, it is our home state and with our home fans. It's like going to Neyland Stadium at the University of Tennessee except with a track and race cars in the middle."

-credit: bhr

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Bobby Hamilton , Bobby Hamilton Jr. , Mike Helton