Hamilton Jr has high hopes for Texas NCTS race Notes and Quotes * Bobby Hamilton Jr. will be making his first NCTS start at Texas Motor Speedway. The Sam's Town 400 at Texas Motor Speedway will mark Hamilton Jr.'s 14th NCTS career start. *...
Hamilton Jr has high hopes for Texas NCTS race
Notes and Quotes
* Bobby Hamilton Jr. will be making his first NCTS start at Texas Motor Speedway. The Sam's Town 400 at Texas Motor Speedway will mark Hamilton Jr.'s 14th NCTS career start.
* Hamilton Jr. will be making his sixth start in the No. 18 Fastenal Dodge at the Sam's Town 400 at Texas Motor Speedway. Hamilton Jr. made three starts in the No. 08 to start off the 2006 NCTS season.
* Hamilton Jr. has one top five and two top-ten finishes in five NASCAR Busch Series starts at Texas with a best finish of fifth on April 3, 2004. Hamilton Jr. also has two NASCAR Nextel Cup starts at Texas and has earned a combined series earnings of $296,522.
Hamilton Jr. on TMS: "We almost won there in the Busch car. It's one of our favorite tracks. We're looking forward to going there in the truck because it's one of those wide open racetracks. We'll get the Fastenal Dodge low and get it driving good, and it ought to be fast. Texas is a really forgiving racetrack. You can get two or three wide there -- at least the last time I was there you could. I don't know if they've done anything different with tires. Overall it's a real, real aggressive and fast racetrack, so it makes it fun to drive the truck there."
Does strategy play a role in the Sam's Town 400 at Texas? "Strategy plays a part at Texas because the track eats your tires up. I know that last year the Cup and Busch cars would have to be kind of conservative on the tires. I'm sure they're going to bring a harder tire there this year for the trucks. But yeah you have to be cool -- you have to just sit back and wait for your time. And if you have the quickest truck, you can get out in front and lead, but at the same time you don't want to get too far out there and take a chance on blowing a right front tire. So there's definitely strategy because it's so fast you have to be cool in your thinking and make the right pit calls."
Take us on a lap around Texas Motor Speedway: "You go down the front straightaway, and like Charlotte and Atlanta, you take a really wide arch getting into turn one, and of course you're wide open. The truck just sinks down, and it sinks you into your seat. You don't realize the speed until you come up out of the corner. It just shoots you out of the corner, and your head just lies back against the seat. Then turns 3 and 4 almost seem flat when you get down in there, but they have a ton of banking. When you go to the very, very bottom of the racetrack, it feels like the bottom of the truck will fall out, and it just feels flat but you're really on the banking. The truck might wiggle a little bit but it has grip. It's one of those things where you really just have to trust in your guys and know that the truck is going to be there. Then you shoot up out of turn 4, and once again the G's really suck you down in your seat, and then you're back to the straightaway again."