BUSCH: Phoenix: Hamilton Jr winner's press conference

BOBBY HAMILTON, JR.-25-Team Marines Ford Taurus (Finished 1st) - DID YOU HAVE TO CHANGE YOUR LINE TO STAY AHEAD OF HARVICK AT THE END? "No, I was waiting around trying to save tires, and if anyone was listening, they know I wasn't lying. I was...

BOBBY HAMILTON, JR.-25-Team Marines Ford Taurus (Finished 1st) -

DID YOU HAVE TO CHANGE YOUR LINE TO STAY AHEAD OF HARVICK AT THE END? "No, I was waiting around trying to save tires, and if anyone was listening, they know I wasn't lying. I was saving tires, saving tires, saving tires. The 21 was second and he started catching and I started driving as hard as I could and the thing just stayed under me all day long. Then when the rain came out and we got the green again, I drove for all I was worth and was gone. I don't know if he could have gotten me or not, but it would have been a heck of a race, but now I'm in victory lane."

YOU LEAD THE SERIES WITH FOUR VICTORIES. "I don't mean to be cocky but wait till next year, you haven't seen anything yet. The Marines just signed on, Timberland Pro Series, everybody that is involved in Team Rensi. The cool thing is my dad won his first race here, and I won here and followed the same checkered flag line; that's cool as hell."

TALK ABOUT RACING HARVICK WITH 35 LAPS TO GO FOR THE LEAD. "He started catching me and I just tried to save my tires. I knew it was about 50 or 60 to go before they would change the race and I saw him coming and all of a sudden they said rain was coming and it was like, 'I've got to go.' I got up on the wheel and the car just stayed under me all day long. I could overdrive and still pick up time on those guys. We just had a tremendous car. Harold Holly and all of the guys, the crew put me out first. This one is for those guys."

TALK ABOUT THE PIT STOP THAT GOT YOU THE LEAD. "I'll tell you, we've been super-hard on those guys. Every time they'd have a little bitty screw up we'd get on their on butt real big, and that's the kind of team they are. They just kept battling back, battling back. The first one we came out second and the next one they won us the race."

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