Rose in, Ruttman out at Hamilton Racing

Brian Rose, 22, came onto the scene halfway through the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series with Ware Racing Enterprises. Next year, he will pilot the No. 4 Dodge of Bobby Hamilton Racing for the 2002 CTS season. Rose came from the NASCAR Weekly...

Brian Rose, 22, came onto the scene halfway through the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series with Ware Racing Enterprises. Next year, he will pilot the No. 4 Dodge of Bobby Hamilton Racing for the 2002 CTS season. Rose came from the NASCAR Weekly Racing series as a Late Model driver.

Joe Ruttman finished third in the final CTS point standings with two wins and 20 top-tens. Word on Ruttman's future is pending.

Rose brings his sponsor, Sunclear Energy, aboard and Danny Rollins will be his crew chief.

"Joining Bobby Hamilton Racing is an amazing opportunity for me," Rose said. "The professionalism of everyone on the team shows why they've had so much success. This is a big plus for my career.

Bobby's equipment wins races. There isn't a better-equipped team in the Truck Series than Bobby Hamilton Racing -- and no better crew chief either. Danny Rollins is one of the best, and I'm excited to just be a part of this team."

Hamilton Racing is one of the Dodge factory teams and plans to field three trucks in the 2002 season. The third driver will be named shortly. Rose will be partner with Bill Lester, 40, driver of the No. 8 truck

"We're very excited about Brian coming on board with us here at BHR," Hamilton said. "He's going to make a great addition to our stable, and I think he's going to surprise some people. He has been out there getting experience, and now he will have the equipment to showcase his driving talent."

What we like about the deal is that he gives the team a young, aggressive driver to hopefully move into the future with, if everything works out," Hamilton said of Rose. "We took a look at several situations over the last month since the season ended, and it just made good business sense for us to run a third team with Brian and Sunclear Energy.

It gives us more depth in the organization and more information to make that run for the championship with one of our three trucks. It also helps us offer more to our sponsor partners, depending on what team and driver image their company is looking for."

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