Boddy Hamilton/Morgan-McClure join forces with the Navy

Bobby Hamilton and the Morgan-McClure team might not have won The Winston Open last Saturday night at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Harrisburg, N.C., but they gained an invaluable amount of knowledge. As the team prepares to compete in the ...

Bobby Hamilton and the Morgan-McClure team might not have won The Winston Open last Saturday night at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Harrisburg, N.C., but they gained an invaluable amount of knowledge. As the team prepares to compete in the Coca-Cola 600, it will use the information compiled from running in The Winston qualifying races. The familiar No. 4 Kodak MAX Film Monte Carlo will return to the speedway for upcoming events dressed in Navy colors. "The car ran pretty good in The Open and the shootout race. We learned some things that'll be helpful to us next week. I was a little tight in traffic in practice and during the race, but that is something we can adjust for the 600," Hamilton said. "We will not be bringing back the same car. We have a much better car, I think, to bring back. You never know what's going to happen during those Winston races, so we didn't want to tear up our equipment. Performing well in the Coca-Cola 600 means more to this team than the non-points races. Those races are fun and a lot of money is put on the line, but right now this team is focusing on priorities. Our priorities are to make up ground in the season points race, put the No. 4 Chevy back into victory lane and break this streak we have currently. The team hopes that having something different (paint scheme) might be a charm to change our luck some," Hamilton said. "I don't want to sound like a broken record, but we really need a few good races. When parts break and things like that, people tend to forget that most of the time those things don't equate to human error. They just say 'you guys are running like junk' and then fingers get pointed at the driver or the owner or the crew members. A year ago we were 10 spots ahead in the points. A couple of good finishes and we'll be right back up there." "My thoughts are with all of the families of those who got injured when the pedestrian bridge collapsed at the Speedway Saturday night. We never like to hear of our fans getting injured. We, in the racing community, are fortunate to have dedicated and loyal followers week after week. Every weekend we travel to tracks that successfully manage over 100,000 people at any given time. We know that fan safety is a main concern and it's amazing how good these tracks can handle an emergency situation. We wish all of the them the best," Hamilton added.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Bobby Hamilton