Loudon, NH-- Bobby Hamilton Jr. grabbed his first Busch Grand National event win on the newly reconfigured track. A week after dominating and losing the race in the final 10 laps at Richmond, Hamilton Jr. persevered and charged to the front ...
Loudon, NH-- Bobby Hamilton Jr. grabbed his first Busch Grand National event win on the newly reconfigured track. A week after dominating and losing the race in the final 10 laps at Richmond, Hamilton Jr. persevered and charged to the front following two sour pit stops.
Under the final round of pitstops, the No. 25 Team Rensi Marines crew had trouble on the left rear, forcing Hamilton to the tailend of the pack. He took the green from the 23rd position.
The win came on Hamilton Jr.'s 96th career start. He started the race second, on the outside pole. "I didn't wanna be so cocky but I knew we had the car to beat." Hamilton Jr. said from Victory Lane. "This is great. I never though I'd come to New Hampshire and pick up a trophy here."
Early in the event following a caution it appeared someone missed a shift causing the field to bunch up. The No. 57 ppc Ford driven by Jason Keller was involved and suffered severe damage to the nose of the car. Keller, who entered the race at New Hampshire as the points leader, ended the race 32nd and dropped to second in points.
There were numerous engine failures throughout the race. Winston Cup regular Jeff Burton was the first to drop out. Soon after, his Roush Racing teammate, Greg Biffle lost an engine while leading the race. Jay Sauter also lost an engine in the No. 21 Chevy.
Rounding out the top five behind Hamilton Jr., Todd Bodine in the No. 92 Herzog Chevy, the new points leader, Jack Sprague in a Hendrick Motorsports No. 24, rookie pole sitter Shane Hmiel in the Thomas Pacconi No. 47, and Mike Mclaughlin in the Joe Gibbs Racing Pontiac.