Bobby Hamilton Darling race notes

DARLINGTON, S.C., (March 18, 2001) - Square D Racing is off to the right start with pilot Bobby Hamilton behind the wheel. For the second time this season - after only five races the team grabbed a ninth-place finish at the track labeled "Too...

DARLINGTON, S.C., (March 18, 2001) - Square D Racing is off to the right start with pilot Bobby Hamilton behind the wheel. For the second time this season - after only five races the team grabbed a ninth-place finish at the track labeled "Too Tough To Tame" in today's Carolina Dodge Dealers 400.

"We're ecstatic. Every race this year we've had potential to be a top-ten car. We've just had a few mistakes. The team is really coming together and we just keep getting more solid," stated Hamilton. "I've reviewed our races so far and we've been competitive every weekend. The standings haven't always shown it, but week in and week out we're running strong. Even last weekend we finished 22nd in Atlanta after a two-lap penalty. We still had a respectable car.

"This weekend the Square D Chevrolet was strong since we unloaded it off the truck," continued Hamilton. "I was amazed at how quick we would were on old tires. I didn't want that last caution because we were coming to the front. If that yellow flag wasn't thrown, we would have been a top five."

Hamilton gives credit to fellow NASCAR Winston Cup Driver, Rusty Wallace, for a clean finish in Darlington.

"Right there at the end Rusty and I had a round," explained Hamilton. "There wasn't any touching or anything - just a good race. That's what makes it so fun going for the checkered flag."

The Square D Racing Team made only one adjustment to the No. 55 Chevy all day. Hamilton ran out of room on the racetrack and received the famous Darlington stripe.

"We brought the car in and took the chance on losing a few positions early to save grace later in the race," stated Jimmy (Elledge, crew chief). "The car had rubbed the wall making the tire lose some air and it needed to be beaten out on the right front. After we aligned the car, Bobby was home free."

Dale Jarrett took the checkered flag in today's event. Steve Park, Jeremy Mayfield, Jimmy Spencer, and Sterling Marlin followed in the top five, respectively.

-Lori Shuler

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Bobby Hamilton , Dale Jarrett , Jeremy Mayfield , Steve Park , Jimmy Spencer , Sterling Marlin