Dover: Bobby Hamilton preview

Bobby Hamilton Owes Dover One I Owe Dover One: "The very first time I ever went to Dover in a Busch car, I didn't make the race. So ever since I left there that time, I said one of the places I want to win is Dover. I always thought since...

Bobby Hamilton Owes Dover One

I Owe Dover One: "The very first time I ever went to Dover in a Busch car, I didn't make the race. So ever since I left there that time, I said one of the places I want to win is Dover. I always thought since I was the short-track guru, or that is what people call me, that I would win there.

"I've ran pretty strong there in the past in a Winston Cup car. Last year in the trucks we were a top-five team the entire race. Ted Musgrave was in a league of his own until he had problems and fell back. We ended up finishing second to Jason Leffler and if that race would have gone green for a few more laps, I think we could have had something for him. Our truck really took off there at the end. We see this weekend as the same chance to run up front the entire time and add another win to our stats this season."

Pit Stops Count: "We are going back to a place that pit stops count just as much as racing on the track does. I've seen races won off of pit road and on the flip side I've seen them lost there. The Square D Racing Team has really stepped up in this department this year. The combination we have this year with tire changers has really made the difference. I know that when we pit, we are going back out in the same position or making up some. So we have to keep up that pace all season.

"Dover is so small that it is critical to hit all your marks on the race track and pit road. I have to do my part as well as the team has to be ready to make any adjustments, fix any damage if we have it and make those pit stops really count. If we are going to win this championship, it takes a team to do it. I have never been the type of driver that takes all the credit and who can? I can't possibly make every call on when to pit for gas or what adjustment to make if I have my head completely into what is going on while racing. I trust my Crew Chief (Danny Rollins) to make the right choices, and so far he has done a great job."

Spotters Critical: "I have worked with my spotter, Andy Dunlap, for years. He is the only employee at BHR that has been to every single race our teams have entered in the Craftsman Truck Series. I trust him to make decisions for me both on and off the race track. He is critical to be my eyes when I am on a superspeedway or a short track. Dover is very tricky because the traffic builds up very fast around you. You'll be racing and going around someone and before you know it someone will be looking inside to pass. So your relationship with your spotter must be one that a driver can trust."

Notes:

The truck Hamilton is racing in Dover is Beavis. It is the same truck he won with in Atlanta and finished 10th in Charlotte.

Moved In: "We had to be out of the old shop by June 1st. So when we got back from Charlotte it was time to move. I was so surprised the team moved everything so fast, but with everyone pitching in the way they did, it doesn't take as long to do it. You don't realize how much stuff you accumulate until you move. This race shop has a lot more than I thought. We moved into a bigger facility, but I am already thinking that it wasn't big enough. Don't worry I am not building another race shop. That entire building process was a lot more work than I ever imagined. Now we are busy putting everything away and trying to stay on schedule to get these trucks out of the shop for Dover.

"All the guys worked over time to get us into the new facility and just in time for the summer heat to kick in. The good thing about the new shop is we have central heat and air, and the other place didn't have that. So I am sure the guys will love it when they can stay cool all day at work. I'm glad the hard part is over and I really have to thank all my team for pitching in so well."

-bhr-

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Bobby Hamilton , Jason Leffler , Ted Musgrave