Martinsville: Bobby Hamilton preview

Martinsville Testing: "We tested last week in Martinsville with several Nextel Cup and Craftsman Truck Series teams. I chose to test there because we race in Martinsville twice a year and I think it is really important to get a good finish there.

Martinsville Testing: "We tested last week in Martinsville with several Nextel Cup and Craftsman Truck Series teams. I chose to test there because we race in Martinsville twice a year and I think it is really important to get a good finish there. Last year we finished bad in both of the Martinsville races. In the spring race I had two flat tires and almost wrecked trying to get in the pits. Then in the fall race I ran out of patience and rear ended someone busting my radiator. It's typical of short-track style racing to get caught up in a mess there. But Martinsville is one of my better tracks. I like the short track, the side-by-side racing there, the slick surface and the old-school racing that we have to do to work our way to the front. We always put on a good show for the fans and that is what is important."

BHR Drivers: "When we tested in Martinsville I took advantage of the track time by working a lot with my two drivers. They were doing a good job on their own, but it always helps speed up the process if they have a line to follow. So I jumped in both of their trucks, ran a few laps and got it going for them. Then we didn't waste any time getting Chase (Montgomery) acclimated again to the track and getting Timothy (Peters) up to speed in his first test this year in our trucks. Both of them were really smooth and were able to pick up pretty fast. We worked on the driving line on the track and how they needed to approach the corners, and then we slowed them down some getting into the corners to help their endurance. It's so hard not to overdrive these trucks in Martinsville, but by being smooth you are really faster than diving it in there. I think they both will be fine in the race as long as they watch ahead of themselves and stay out of other people's mess. That is the key to short tracks. You spend most of the race setting yourself up to be there at the end, then you spend the last part of the race trying to pick up spots to get the best finish you can."

Notes:

* Hamilton has been in the top 10 in points for 53 consecutive weeks. That beats the previous record of 51 which is shared by Ron Hornaday and Jack Sprague.J * The reigning NCTS Champion has been the point leader on 21 different occasions. He's third all time in this statistic. After his third-place finish in Atlanta and by holding the point lead there, Hamilton broke a tie with Greg Biffle.

* Hamilton will be racing "Hot Carl" on the .526-mile oval. It is a brand new in-house BHR chassis. Hot Carl was named after the latest phenomenon in the Nextel Cup Series, Carl Edwards. The media has crowned him the latest hot thing in that series, and BHR thinks this chassis will be BHR's next hot thing, thus the name Hot Carl.

Qualifying (Danny Rollins): "We have not been strong this year on qualifying. The first three races didn't really matter where you start, just where you finished. You can't do that in Martinsville or it can hurt you in more than one way. You pretty much have to qualify in the top five to get the pit selection that you want. There are only a few pits that have openings and since Martinsville's pit road is notorious for trucks blocking each other in, you want one of those openings. There is a slight chance for rain on Friday, and we are watching the weather every day. We don't want qualifying to be rained out at all. The first three races we didn't put any emphasis at all on qualifying, but in Martinsville we will. When we tested there we did some long runs to double check our brakes and tire wear, but we also did some qualifying runs. Bobby ran a few 19.80 second laps, so we think we could be pretty fast if we get the chance to qualify."

New Truck (Danny Rollins): "We built this new truck and are testing it out this weekend in Martinsville. I almost hate doing that because you never know how it will end up being during a race. That is why we used Slim Shady so much last year. It proved itself time and time again. But you have to start somewhere and all of the trucks have a first run. So we are giving Hot Carl a run at Martinsville. We think that it will be better than Slim Shady, but then again you never know how finicky these trucks can be during a race run. The only way to find out is to race it."

-BHR

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