BUSCH: Homestead: Hamilton Jr qualifying press conference

BOBBY HAMILTON, JR.-25-Team Marines Ford Taurus (Qualified 2nd) "We've always run strong here, but it's a totally different animal now. With the different track and the different tire there are all kinds of puzzles to try to figure out before ...

BOBBY HAMILTON, JR.-25-Team Marines Ford Taurus (Qualified 2nd)

"We've always run strong here, but it's a totally different animal now. With the different track and the different tire there are all kinds of puzzles to try to figure out before Saturday. Overall, from the very first open practice we weren't that good and we kept digging trying to figure out the tire and the track. What the track wanted from tire and what the tire wanted from the track, all kinds of different puzzles. It just worked out good for us."

"Overall, in all reality, you can get to about fourth. Those guys in front will have to have a little bit of bad luck and we're going to have to win the race or something. In all reality we're just trying to get to fourth place because there are 19 points from fourth to where I'm at. But the same deal, we can't fall back, we can't lose a spot, all we can do is gain a spot so we're going to try to go out and lead as many laps as we can and try to keep the guys from leading laps. Do everything we can to keep them from gaining points on us. Other than that, do our same deal, try to win the race and let the points fall where they may fall."

"I think we all know what it might have been. You want to think that way because once we got with Harold (Holly) it's been so easy to even screw our car up and still finish in the top five. That's what I told them before, a bad day is a top-10 finish with us right now. I wish we could go back to the very first Daytona, but I've got him for a while now, so I can continue this on to next year and try to get it next year."

"I've learned a lot driving Harold's cars and he's learned so much from Ford. They've been stepping up their program with us as far as aero stuff. Right now our body stuff for '04 is really looking just incredible. We're back with Robert Yates with strong horsepower and all of our sponsors are back. Everything that we've been doing right now probably in the last 12 weeks has been using the rest of this year as experimental for next year, and it's also been working for this year, too. Even the stuff that we're trying is working on these new tires. We're definitely looking forward to next year and trying to get eight wins, whatever we can do. We've seen what we can do and if we get on that right path again, and hopefully we do it times two."

"He's (Hamilton, Sr.) made his share of money and he doesn't live a crazy life like you hear some people do, and I'm the same way. I get a little bit of money, pay my bills and put the rest of it in the bank, just do what I have to do to get by. Just nothing crazy because at one in point in time you can be out of business. That's just how I live. Taking a chance on the race track is a big enough edge for me. I don't want to do it on my personal life. I just learned a lot from him as far as the business side, all the way to taxes to money, everything. If I'm getting ready to buy property or something, I call him first, anything. He's been down that road. He knows what a bad deal is, what a good deal is. He's a friend when it comes to all of that stuff. If you've got somebody that's not going to lie to you or try to do you wrong, it's a pretty big step."

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Robert Yates