Martinsville II: Bobby Hamilton Jr preview

HAMILTON JR. HEADS TO MARTINSVILLE HOPING TO EXPAND ON SUCCESS Notes and Quotes Bobby Hamilton Jr. will be making his third NCTS start at Martinsville Speedway. He has two top 10 finishes in his previous two starts. Bobby Hamilton Jr. won...

HAMILTON JR. HEADS TO MARTINSVILLE HOPING TO EXPAND ON SUCCESS

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Bobby Hamilton Jr. will be making his third NCTS start at Martinsville Speedway. He has two top 10 finishes in his previous two starts.

Bobby Hamilton Jr. won the pole for this spring's Kroger 250 at the Martinsville Speedway. The No.18 Fastenal Dodge circled the 0.526-mile flat oval in 19.895 seconds (95.180 mph) to barely edge out Nextel Cup veteran Mark Martin. He finished the event in the 10th position.

Hamilton Jr. has three NASCAR Nextel Cup starts at Martinsville Speedway.

The Kroger 200 will mark Hamilton Jr.'s 26th NCTS career start.

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

Bobby Hamilton Jr. on winning the pole at Martinsville this spring: "I drove in a little hard on the first lap this spring at Martinsville so we had to go make it work on the second one. I gave up on the second lap and tried to run a smooth lap and wound up on the pole. We had an idea we could do that, but I figured we'd end up in top-five. We were a little free on the throttle which is what you need here. Winning the pole in earlier this year makes it two poles in the last two Martinsville spring races for BHR, so that's pretty cool. I was really, really nervous coming to Martinsville the first time this year because my Dad is always good there."

Bobby Hamilton Jr. on Short Track Racing in Martinsville: "Martinsville is a tricky race track. I have not had tons of seat time here, but each race I learn something new. The track resembles a paper clip. It has real long straight-aways and then real tight corners. You really have to watch the competitors around you. You can get caught up in someone else's mess real easy. The flip side of that is you can also rebound quickly. I have seen drivers come from a lap down to win the race. It an exciting place that always provides a great show for the fans."

Bobby Hamilton Sr. on Short Track racing at Martinsville Speedway: "The only drawback to a short track like Martinsville Speedway is that anything can happen at any time and cost you a good finish. That happened to me several years ago when Kevin Harvick and I tangled at the Cup in Martinsville. It cost us the win, and was a disappointing way to finish the event. We had led several laps and then he spun us which took us out of contention. At least we overcame that by going to Talladega the next weekend and winning there. Last year we got the pole in the spring truck race at Martinsville and went on to lead several laps, then tangled with Robert Huffman costing us again. You never know with short tracks what will happen, but at least we have a good base line to start from when we get to our first practice in Martinsville with both Chase Miller and Bobby Jr."

-credit: bhr

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Bobby Hamilton , Kevin Harvick , Bobby Hamilton Jr. , Robert Huffman , Mark Martin