Milwaukee: Bobby Hamilton preview

Hamilton Says it will Take a Win in Milwaukee Sponsor Searching: "I'm a little confused myself about sponsor hunting. To be honest with you, it's a weird deal. You have a huge company like Craftsman pouring the money into the Series and...

Hamilton Says it will Take a Win in Milwaukee

Sponsor Searching: "I'm a little confused myself about sponsor hunting. To be honest with you, it's a weird deal. You have a huge company like Craftsman pouring the money into the Series and promoting it like they do. You have so many different manufacturers pouring the money into it. I know the media writes well for us all the time. I had the highest Joyce Julius numbers last year. It's a strange deal. I feel like NASCAR pushes it like they need to, but it's very confusing. I'm going to Milwaukee and also going to Kansas without a sponsor on my truck. NASCAR doesn't like the way it looks, and I can tell you that I don't like the way it feels. In order to ever sell it down the road, you've got to look at the big picture so we've got to be there. It's very, very confusing at times and somewhat disappointing. I've never experienced anything like we're experiencing right now."

Milwaukee -- What will it take: "To win. I know that sounds kind of bold, but I think in order to (win the championship), if you worry about points, is to go try to win the race. Musgrave was the points leader before Michigan, he had a parts failure. Now he's third or fourth. That's his home track. He's won a couple of races there. He's the defending champion of the race. Dennis Setzer is a short track ace. He runs well there, and he's five points behind me in second. Ricky Craven is good anywhere and he's third or fourth. We did go up there and test because we needed to work on our flat track stuff. We feel good about going up there right now."

F1 Team Fiasco: "That made me really proud to be a part of NASCAR. We fought the deal with Hoosier and Goodyear before, but when Hoosier had a bad tire or when Goodyear had a bad tire, they would wave the right and everybody got on the other tire to fulfill the show. I think NASCAR had the stipulation in there for that to happen. Indianapolis was completely abnormal. It was not fair to the race track who sold tickets to the race fans who didn't get a show at all. I would be very disappointed if I was a race fan. I would be very, very hot under the collar if I was Tony George. But it is not good for racing in general, and we're part of that. We're under the racing umbrella. We have people that make fun of our entity and say we run taxi cabs. But I think that what happened yesterday is the perfect reason why NASCAR racing best motorsports in the world right now."

Notes:

* The Tennessee native will be racing Slim Shady in Milwaukee this weekend.

* Last year Hamilton finished sixth in Milwaukee.

* After finishing 3rd in Michigan, Hamilton notched another accomplishment under his belt by being the 11th driver to win two million dollars in this NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.

It Takes a Team: "They sort of do it to themselves. They know that I'm not going to get out of the truck and rant and rave about something happening. If the team gets a little low on funds, I don't have big meetings and beat them with a stick because we're overspending. I'm just a more involved owner. I think the more involved an owner is in any aspect of our business, it's better big picture wise because you learn how to sort of control your own destiny. There's so much money that goes through these things that if you turn it over to somebody else and you're not on top of it for a couple of months, sometimes you're spending two or three months again getting caught up and making sure their mistakes don't happen. When you have to turn around and clean up mistakes that you didn't stand over, and it's your fault it's sort of a double-edged sword because you're mad at yourself for not catching it and you're mad at them because they didn't catch it for you. So, I have my days separated here. I come in on Mondays and do things like this. I come in on Tuesdays and sign checks or do budget stuff. On Wednesdays and Thursdays, I'm in the fab shop. On the weekends, I have my quiet time."

-BHR

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Bobby Hamilton , Ricky Craven , Dennis Setzer