Kentucky: Bobby Hamilton preview

Defending Race Champ: "It's a pretty cool deal to win there. I love that race track. I'm not going to do a back flip if I win it again, but we'll try to make a good race out of it. It's going to be a very good race track for Toyota. That race ...

Defending Race Champ:

"It's a pretty cool deal to win there. I love that race track. I'm not going to do a back flip if I win it again, but we'll try to make a good race out of it. It's going to be a very good race track for Toyota. That race track is going to provide one of the best races when the Craftsman Truck Series comes back up there that we've seen since we've been in business, guaranteed."

Good Conditions:

"The track has kept grinding on the surface and working on it to cater to the needs of the competitors, and now you have a better racing surface. Goodyear has a great tire for there. The race teams have great equipment right now. There's 10, 12, 15 teams capable of winning on a high-speed flat race track like Kentucky, and I think that's what sets it up for a good race."

Straightaway Drag:

"Any place where it takes drag, less drag to run down the straightaway Toyota will run well. They are a low-drag vehicle. They have us all beat with drag right now. As you can see, the Dodges sort of struggle in qualifying, but they always race real well. I think Dodges are the vehicles to beat right now in the Truck Series consistently, but I think Toyotas are the guys that always qualify well. You always talk about track position, and when you get it from qualifying to start off with, that's hard to beat."

Racing Sprague in the Green-White-Checkered Finish Last Year:

"I like racing Jack Sprague because he is a no-nonsense type of driver. He won't push you if you don't push him. Last year in Kentucky it came down to us two in the final laps. He passed me when I spun my tires on a restart, but I didn't worry yet. At that time, I had led the most laps with an eight second lead at times and thought well if I finish second it wasn't a bad night. Then the final caution came out and we had a green-white-checker finish. So I cleaned my tires and used that Arrington horsepower to push me under him in turn one. I held it to the mat, he raced me clean and it was all she wrote from there. It was a fun win."

Notes:

The Tennessee native will be racing Stiffler in Kentucky again this weekend.

Last year Hamilton led the most laps and beat Jack Sprague in the final laps after a late race caution came out at Kentucky.

Hamilton smashed the track record previously held by Mike Bliss when he led 133 of 153 laps last year (the previous record was 94).

Women Drivers-Good for the Sport:

"I think so, and I wish it would get there fast. Our Series especially - even in the NASCAR Cup Series or any of the top three Series - the minute any owner finds a very successful female driver, the sky is the limit. It's just like trying to find any minority. We (Bobby Hamilton Racing) had Bill Lester here in the past and Willie (T. Ribbs). I've tested 18 or 20 African-American drivers. The minute we do that, the sport's going to be better off financially. There are tons of companies out there, I don't think they're just sitting and waiting, but the minute we have that and we can prove that they're competitive and draw a lot of national attention, and it will be a huge deal to the sport."

-bhr

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Bobby Hamilton , Jack Sprague , Bill Lester