Time to Start Points Racing for Hamilton Five Races Left: "I've been telling the media and fans this whole year that with five races left in the season, I would start points racing. I wanted a bigger cushion that what I have at this point, ...
Time to Start Points Racing for Hamilton
Five Races Left: "I've been telling the media and fans this whole year that with five races left in the season, I would start points racing. I wanted a bigger cushion that what I have at this point, so I'm still going to be out for the wins. The Craftsman Truck Series is so competitive this year that at any point in these last few events, you can't count another driver out. You never know what the last five races will bring. I don't think you can count any of the competitors out that are mathematically in the chase. Look how good Ted Musgrave has been these past few races, and if Todd Bodine were racing with us all year he would be right up there for sure. I know that Dennis Setzer's bunch is not going to let off and Carl Edwards can easily make points up he lost with a blown motor. The main thing I can do right now is keep my consistent finishes. I have to keep my nose clean and all of our parts have to work. One slip and it can be washed away. No one ever said winning a championship is easy, that is the great thing about our sport."
Testing at Texas World: "We have planned a test before the Texas race at Texas World race track. I think one of the tracks that we are lacking performance on is Texas Motor Speedway. It has been our weakest link so far. We finished seventh there earlier this year, and I would take that again and just skip this race. Every team has a track they are stout at, and a track they are not so good. Our track that we struggle on happens to be Texas, but we will work on getting our program up to speed before we get there. Some people ask why I'm good at places like Kentucky or Atlanta and not Texas. That is because it is just a different beast. It is not the same as the others, even if they were intended to be the same configuration. So the best we can do is test and try to figure something out. If not we will just try to stay out of trouble and get the best finish we can there. If we can get that one under our belt, we'll be pretty strong the rest of the year, barring nothing happens."
* The truck Hamilton is racing in Texas is Slim Shady. It will have the familiar flames paint scheme on it once again.
* He has raced it 65% of the races this season with an average finish of eighth.
* In 10 of the 13 events raced in Slim Shady, Hamilton has finished in sixth position or better.
Confidence Pays: "We basically built this No. 4 team new last year. So this is really a second year team. Usually when you have a great group of people around you will be successful the second year. We've got awesome technology from Dodge, a great engine program and a strong chassis program. The biggest thing I've got right now is our in-house chassis program. It's a lot of ingredients from our shop, plus Dodge has always given us the right technology. We're just now getting smart enough to use it. There is a lot of Cup teams that don't have the resources my team does. We've just learned how to use 100% of it now and that has been the biggest thing to help us this season."