Cookie-Cutter Tracks: "I call tracks similar to Las Vegas Motor Speedway a cookie-cutter track. It's like someone just stamped them out and put them in different places. I love the style of track, but there are a lot of them. It's prestigious,...
Cookie-Cutter Tracks: "I call tracks similar to Las Vegas Motor Speedway a cookie-cutter track. It's like someone just stamped them out and put them in different places. I love the style of track, but there are a lot of them. It's prestigious, flashy and brings a great crowd for the race. We need more of those on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series circuit. Bruton (Smith) does a great job keeping his facilities up to date."
Right-Eye Driving: "Most race car drivers drive looking out of one dominant eye. Mine is the right eye. I focus on what I am doing with the wheel and the front of my truck with that eye. My left eye is usually about 14 trucks ahead of me, so I am prepared for what is going on with the other trucks on the race track. That left eye is trained to look for smoke or a truck out of line on the race track. My right eye is looking at the truck in front of me so I can judge about passing. It's weird if you think about it. It just happens naturally."
Mind Over Matter: "I did this deal one time that proved to me your mind can be over matter. A group of doctors out of Charlotte gave me a pen that was tied to a string. I held the string over a box they had printed out on a piece of paper that laid on a table. They told me to relax my hand and not to move the string. I had the pen hanging directly over the box and let my wrist dangle there. They blind folded me and told me to imagine the string moving back and forward, but to not move my hand. Then they told me to imagine the string moving side to side. Then they said for me to imagine the pen to stop over the box. We went back and watched the video of what I had just done. The pen moved the whole time and my hand never moved. It was the wildest thing I've ever seen. It just goes to show you how drivers can drive around these tracks without ever really thinking about it." Notes:
* This weekend's truck is Beavis, the same truck Hamilton raced last weekend in Fontana, California. Hamilton's average finish in this truck is 8.75.
* Hamilton will be signing autographs from 1-2 pm on Thursday, Sept. 25th at the Suncoast Hotel and Casino for the Dodge Pit Crew Challenge Finals.
* He will also be appearing with fellow NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series drivers at NASCAR Cafe on Sept. 26th from 6-7 pm.
DaimlerChrysler Appearance: For the first part of this week, Hamilton and his two drivers toured Sonoma, California for DaimlerChrysler. The BHR trio showed their driving expertise around the Infineon Raceway road course. The drivers were part of an environmental test called the Michelen Challenge Bibendum. "We drove vehicles around the track to test fuel mileage, we did a slalom course that tested brakes and acceleration as well. It was a great experience for me. I drove a Chrysler Voyager Minivan that had advanced diesel technology in it. That van had a ton of pick up in it. Bill (who was driving a PT Cruiser) and I had our own race around the track. When I got up behind him, he sped up to keep up with me. Finally I passed him and cruised right on by while he got black flagged by the track. I would have never dreamed that the van would keep up that well, but it did that and more. I'm ready to buy one for myself now."