Bobby Hamilton, Jr. and the No. 25 Team Marines head to Michigan International Speedway hungry for a big day. Whle his best finish at the two-mile oval is 17th, Hamilton, Jr. considers MIS one of his favorite tracks on the circuit and feels that...
Bobby Hamilton, Jr. and the No. 25 Team Marines head to Michigan International Speedway hungry for a big day. Whle his best finish at the two-mile oval is 17th, Hamilton, Jr. considers MIS one of his favorite tracks on the circuit and feels that with a little luck they could have the car to beat this weekend.
Bobby Hamilton, Jr. on Michigan:
"Michigan is the type of track that I really enjoy. It's a smooth, wide, fast race track where you can run several different grooves. You have a lot more leeway when it comes to the handling of the car. As a driver, you have the ability to help yourself out simply by changing what lines you are running. You can adjust your line to compensate for what the car is or isn't doing. You can run way down on the inside line or up against the wall. There's a lot more emphasis on the driver's skills. At Michigan if you have a good finish at the end of the day, you know that you earned it and that's a good feeling."
Fred Wanke on Michigan:
"A lot of factors come into play at Michigan. Horsepower, handling, aerodynamics and some good luck. If you can nail down that combination, you are guaranteed a good day. Horsepower and aerodynamics are probably the biggest factors. The driver has to have the horsepower not only to get down the straightaways but to get through some pretty fast corners too. That's one thing we've never had to worry about with our motor program through Robert Yates Engines. Then you have the aerodynamics of the car, which is equally important. The driver has to charge hard all day but keep his patience in tack and not tear up the race car. You have to have all the fenders on the car at the end of the day for a strong finish at this track.
One thing that we will have to keep in mind this weekend is fuel economy. Races at Michigan often boil down to fuel mileage so that will have a big impact on our pit strategy throughout the race. I have a lot of confidence heading to Michigan. We have a great car, a great motor program, a team that is hungry and a driver who really enjoys racing at this track. I think that with a little bit of luck it should be a great weekend for us."
Hamilton, Jr., who currently sits ninth in the NASCAR Busch Series points standings, will drive chassis no. 18 on Saturday in the Cabela's 250 at Michigan International Speedway. This is the same chassis the No. 25 Team Marines used in Las Vegas where they finished 11th.