BUSCH: Michigan: Bobby Hamiltion Jr press conference

BOBBY HAMILTON, JR. - No. 25 Team Marines (Finished 3rd) WHAT DOES THIS DO FOR YOUR TEAM GOING TO YOUR HOME TRACK? "Anytime you get a top five, I mean the last couple of weeks we lost 100-and-something points, so we had to do something to get...

BOBBY HAMILTON, JR. - No. 25 Team Marines (Finished 3rd)

WHAT DOES THIS DO FOR YOUR TEAM GOING TO YOUR HOME TRACK?

"Anytime you get a top five, I mean the last couple of weeks we lost 100-and-something points, so we had to do something to get the team back and the driver back. That's why he made the decision he made. He might have paid for it at the end, but as soon as it started raining I glanced at the scoreboard and we were third. There were times in the race I was thinking, 'Man, I cannot believe we're as bad as we are,' and then all of a sudden you end up third today. So having Harold on our side, no matter what the situation is or how it's gonna end up that day, he usually pulls you through. We've always had momentum since he got here and we've always had the attitude that we can win races at any given time. No matter where we qualify at we can come to the front and we showed that today, so this was something just another step on the ladder to get us to the top. We'll just take this and build on it and go to Bristol and try to keep all the fenders on it."

THE 8 CAR WAS THE LAST CAR TO GET TO INSPECTION. HOW FRUSTRATING WAS IT TO SEE THEM WORKING ON THE CAR BEFORE THEY GOT TO INSPECTION?

"I didn't even know he was back there. I'm sure they had a good reason, evidently. I mean, they didn't get in trouble for it. Like I said, that shows you how much I pay attention. I probably walked right by their trailer and didn't even see it. I'm sure if it was something that was crazy or out of line, they'll take care of it. If not, I'm sure there was an official down there watching everything they do. Usually if the guys are late they have a reason and there are always a couple of officials making sure they don't do any major changes or something. As good as he was in practice the other day, he could have sat there for two hours later than he's supposed to and he's still gonna be good. You'll see him tomorrow. He'll wax butt tomorrow, too, so 20 minutes or however late he was it wasn't gonna hurt him at all. He deserved this race no matter how he got it. He was the class of the field all day long. If it was something crazy, NASCAR will take care of it. If not, I'm sure they had an excuse for it and nobody did anything wrong."

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