Michigan: Bobby Hamilton Jr preview

Bobby Hamilton Sr. finished his chemotherapy and radiation on Wednesday June 7th. The elder Hamilton is on the road to recovery, resting and taking some time to heal all the wounds that were endured during the treatment process. "I'm just glad...

Bobby Hamilton Sr. finished his chemotherapy and radiation on Wednesday June 7th. The elder Hamilton is on the road to recovery, resting and taking some time to heal all the wounds that were endured during the treatment process.

"I'm just glad the treatment part is over," Hamilton said of his neck cancer treatment. "I've basically been put through the ringer as all cancer patients do during therapy. We went for chemo treatments every Monday (11 times) and then radiation was a daily deal, Monday through Friday 33 times. Because of the culmination of the treatments, the last three weeks have been harder to endure than the first part, but my doctors told me that was to be expected. Everything they have prepared me for has happened and then some. I lost my voice, got winded, endured the worst sore throat I've ever felt, had my neck blistered over on the outside and battled being tired all the time. They tell me that the chemo I am on will continue to work on me for the next two weeks and the radiation will do the same thing. Then after that things should start picking up for me health wise. In the meantime, I spend most of my awake time on the phone with team members at BHR trying to get the Fastenal Dodge and our other two Dodge teams back on track aerodynamically. We've been on the phone with NASCAR and had a lot of calls back and forth between us and others to get these Dodges back in Victory Lane. I'm still making the calls at my shop, but have put people in the right places to oversee that things are moving in the right direction. I can go into the shop for a little while, meet with some of the guys give them some things to work on and then check back in with them on the status. It's a work in progress, just like my health is right now. I am taking it day by day and doing what I can when I can. I will be back at the track as soon as my white blood count gets higher so I can see the people who have been so generous to me during this time. I'm anxious but will do what the doctored ordered."

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Bobby Hamilton Jr. will be making his first NCTS start at Michigan International Speedway.

The Con-Way Freight 200 at Michigan International Speedway will mark Hamilton Jr.'s 15th NCTS career start.

Hamilton Jr. will be making his 7th start in the No. 18 Fastenal Dodge at the Con-Way Freight 200 at Michigan International Speedway. Hamilton Jr. made three starts in the No. 08 to start off the 2006 NCTS season.

Hamilton Jr. has two top-five and two top-ten finishes in six NASCAR Busch Series starts at Michigan with a best finish of third on August 16, 2003. Hamilton Jr. also has four NASCAR Nextel Cup starts at Michigan and has earned a combined series earnings of $396,258.

Hamilton Jr. on MIS: "There is always good racing at Michigan because the racing surface is so wide. We just need to really concentrate on getting our Fastenal Dodge down low onto the racetrack. Aerodynamically we just need to get them out of the air and that will make them fast. Whoever can stand on the gas longer all day long at Michigan is going to be the team to beat. The racetrack has a lot of grip with a lot of different grooves."

How Does Michigan compare to California? "Michigan and California are nowhere near alike. They say they are sister tracks but they are definitely not twins. The back straightaway is probably the only similarity the two tracks share. You have to attack the corners two different ways. Michigan is an older, more established facility. You can run from top to bottom there. At California you have to work the groove in as you go. That is not so at Michigan -- you can jump up top from lap one."

Crew Chief Danny Rollins on MIS: "Michigan has long green flag runs most of the time, so being able to conserve tires is very important. It is important to get as good fuel mileage as you possibly can for the long green flag runs. For aerodynamic reasons you want to get the truck down in the racetrack as good as possible. All in all the biggest challenge is just to be able to run with all these other teams out there that are so strong right now. We are facing a huge aero drag."

-bhr

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Bobby Hamilton , Bobby Hamilton Jr.