Hamilton ready to turn up the Heat in Kansas Turn Up the Heat: "When we go to Kansas it is extremely hot. It is unbearable at times. Last year it was estimated that inside the trucks it was 140 degrees. To endure that for two and one-half...
Hamilton ready to turn up the Heat in Kansas
Turn Up the Heat: "When we go to Kansas it is extremely hot. It is unbearable at times. Last year it was estimated that inside the trucks it was 140 degrees. To endure that for two and one-half hours in a race truck going at the speeds we're going and staying on your toes the whole time is very tough on a driver. A driver's mind is working so many areas during the race. It is hard to watch your surroundings, think about pitting, change gears or brake while driving at high rates of speed, especially if you get winded. Last year when I got out of my truck I walked down pit road and saw all these drivers going to the infield care center for IVs. I kept digging, partly because I'm used to it and the other part had to do with my body fat. People like Bill Lester who only have two percent body fat, they have nothing to burn off in a situation like that, so it is tougher on them than me. I have more body fat to burn while in the truck, so when I get out of it I'm walking down pit road easier looking for the concession stand to get a burger."
Made it Through One: "Last year we started our summer slump in Milwaukee when we had a motor problem. Then we went to Kansas the next weekend a little off kilter. So when we made it through Milwaukee last weekend with a top 10 (his sixth this season and third in a row) I took a deep breath that we weren't going to repeat the same deal as last year. I'm not superstitious, but you can't help thinking about that when you go to different race tracks. You always think about last year's setups and what happened in the race, so it usually brings out what the team went through at that track. When things are going good, it seems that a lot of things go good. But when things are going bad or something happens that knocks you back a notch or two, it is hard to pick back up and make up for it. Then it seems like you are always trying to play catch up. We've done a better job with this in '04 versus last year. I don't know a lot of things we are doing differently, but whatever it is we want to keep it up."
* The truck Hamilton is racing in Kansas is Slim Shady.
* Hamilton is a shoe-in for a top 10 on speedway races if he keeps up the same pace that he has done in the last three (Atlanta, 1, Charlotte, 10, Texas, 7).
* Both Hamilton and his teammate Chad Chaffin have finished in the top 10 in the last three races.
I Knew He'd be Back: "I knew it wouldn't be very long before Ted Musgrave picked his speed back up. It's probably to his advantage that he struggled a little bit at the beginning of the season because now he has so many races to catch up in the points race and he's not that far behind. He'll be right in the thick of it at the end of the season. Don't ever count out Ted Musgrave. So they've had their share of bad luck, or whatever it is called, they're back on track now. He and his team are much better than that. It's too early to start counting drivers out in the points race. It seems like we've just kicked off our season with all these races in a row. When the other two series are halfway through its season, we have only raced nine times. Dodge is strong this year. We have more competition than before, more manufacturers than any other series, and the best action out there right now. Who wouldn't want to pull for us veterans in the Craftsman Truck Series?"