Loudon: Bobby Hamilton Jr preview

Bobby Hamilton Jr. will be making his first NCTS start at NHIS. The New Hampshire 200 will mark Hamilton Jr.'s 23rd NCTS career start. Hamilton Jr. will be making his 15th start in the No. 18 Fastenal Dodge at the New Hampshire 200. Hamilton...

Bobby Hamilton Jr. will be making his first NCTS start at NHIS.

The New Hampshire 200 will mark Hamilton Jr.'s 23rd NCTS career start.

Hamilton Jr. will be making his 15th start in the No. 18 Fastenal Dodge at the New Hampshire 200. Hamilton Jr. made three starts in the No. 08 to start off the 2006 NCTS season.

Bobby Hamilton Jr. on New Hampshire International Speedway: "If there is any place on the schedule that can help build momentum for this Fastenal Racing team it would certainly be at New Hampshire. I love the place. I think my lowest finish in the Busch Series is 11th there and I've won in Loudon so it is a place I really enjoy going to."

Bobby Hamilton Jr. on Pit Strategy at New Hampshire: "Pit Strategy is so important at New Hampshire. For one thing, it is so tough to pass on the track. I find passing in turn one or turn two to be decent but it's really hard to accomplish in turns three and four. One of the only ways that you can make a pass is to physically move someone out of the way and I really try to avoid racing like that because what goes around comes around. From a strategy standpoint we will definitely think about taking on two tires versus taking four tires. Another factor that you always have to allow for is fuel mileage. It seems to come into play at the end. We've got a ton of things to think about when coming up with our race strategy. I don't envy crew chiefs at a place like Loudon. Hopefully, whatever strategy we come up with will play out to our advantage."

Crew Chief Danny Gill on New Hampshire: "I really like the area and I really like the fans that we meet from that part of the country. As far as the track goes, New Hampshire is similar to St. Louis or Milwaukee in that it is relatively flat. The key to getting around there is getting your truck to rotate properly in the center and to get good forward grip coming off the corner. You often times straddle a fine line in getting the balance between getting the truck to turn in the center and getting the right amount of forward bite coming off. Horsepower also plays a big role at New Hampshire. You have to get off the corner strong plus have the power at the end of the long straightaway to complete the pass. You have to have the combination of torque and good horsepower. It is a lot to ask from an engine builder. Pit strategy wise I always race New Hampshire like I do a road course -- backwards. You try to calculate on what lap you can pit and still make it the rest of the way. Then you sometimes gamble that there will be X number of cautions over the remaining laps."

-credit: bhr

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Bobby Hamilton , Bobby Hamilton Jr.