CHARLOTTE, N.C., (April 4, 2001) - Every weekend, the Square D Racing Team and driver Bobby Hamilton look forward to another NASCAR Winston Cup race. But at some events, Hamilton's enthusiasm becomes more apparent and his eagerness to get on the...
CHARLOTTE, N.C., (April 4, 2001) - Every weekend, the Square D Racing Team and driver Bobby Hamilton look forward to another NASCAR Winston Cup race. But at some events, Hamilton's enthusiasm becomes more apparent and his eagerness to get on the track is heightened. That's the case this weekend as the team heads to Martinsville (Va.) Speedway for the Virginia 500. The short trip to Victory Lane from the flat surface of the .526-mile oval is one Hamilton has previously traveled.
"My goals for this weekend are to win, win, win," Hamilton said as he tied his shoes in his motorhome during the tour's recent visit to Texas.
Asked to be more specific, Hamilton stated, "I want to win the pole, lead the most laps, and win the race. "I've sat on the pole and won the race in Martinsville in a car half as good, so we'll see what happens this weekend. Jimmy (Elledge, crew chief) is known for building strong short track cars, and we're hoping that the Square D Chevrolet will start up front and stay there until the end."
Hamilton and Elledge have much in common, and as the season progresses, they are learning about each other at a rapid pace. The results thus far underscore this fact. Going to Martinsville, the team stands seventh in Winston Cup points-it's highest ranking ever.
Hamilton is known for his brilliant performances on flat tracks, just as Elledge is known for building superior short track cars. That is the key reason why Hamilton and the team are so excited about returning to Martinsville.
"This team is three years old now, and we've gotten to where we don't make the mistakes that we used to," Elledge stated. "Bobby has been a great addition to this team. He and I have just clicked from the start, but this year as a team we've been making our own luck, which always helps. We're turning bad days into decent days, decent days into good days, and good days into great days. This weekend we hope to have one of those great days."
The Square D Racing team tested Wednesday at Greenville-Pickens (S.C.) Speedway to help their efforts for Martinsville. After the test session the truck returned to team headquarters in Flat Rock, N.C. with valuable information on the performance of a 3,400 lb.-car nicknamed "Stepchild."
"I'm heading into Martinsville with the confidence that I've had all along," Hamilton said. "This weekend is business as usual for the Square D Racing Team. My pre-race ritual (eating baked meat and vegetables) won't change just because we're going to a track that I've had success. You never know what will happen in these events, we just hope it's positive for the No. 55 Chevy."
The 500-lap Virginia 500 will air live on FOX Sunday, April 8 at 1 p.m. EST.
Bobby Hamilton's Martinsville Performance Profile <pre>
Year Event Start Finish
2000 Goody's Body Pain 500 10 18 NAPA AutoCare 500 7 35
1999 Goody's Body Pain 500 24 33 NAPA AutoCare 500 30 30
1998 Goody's Headache Powder 500 1 1 NAPA AutoCare 500 19 14
1997 Goody's Headache Powder 500 8 2 Hanes 500 22 3
1996 Goody's Headache Powders 500 21 6 Hanes 500 1 3
1995 Hanes 500 6 8 Goody's 500 31 20
1994 Hanes 500 15 13 Goody's 500 17 28
1993 Hanes 500 9 33
1992 Hanes 500 31 13 Goody's 500 25 28
1991 Goody's 500 11 17
-Square D Racing