Can Pocono Rectify Kodak Team's Freak Happenings?

Pocono Raceway, located in the resort area of Pocono, Pa., is one of the most unique tracks on the NASCAR Winston Cup circuit. The 2.5 mile tri-angular shaped track requires intense concentration and extra work from its navigators. Bobby...

Pocono Raceway, located in the resort area of Pocono, Pa., is one of the most unique tracks on the NASCAR Winston Cup circuit. The 2.5 mile tri-angular shaped track requires intense concentration and extra work from its navigators. Bobby Hamilton and the Kodak MAX Film race team are preparing to spend Father's Day weekend rectifying a season full of freak happenings. "Last weekend in Michigan, just as we were looking at the light at the end of the tunnel, we had another freak occurrence. We watched Hamilton pass two and three cars per lap. He moved from the back of the pack all the way up to about 25th by lap eight," Larry McClure, owner of the No. 4 car, said. " All of a sudden, only 16 laps into the thing, we watched as he hit hard into the wall. The tire blew. "We did a Goodyear tire test at Pocono a few weeks ago. The test went real well. We also tested a brand new car there. That's the car we'll be racing. I am in hopes of going to Pocono and rectifying things. We just keep our hopes up that this thing will turn around soon. I feel certain things will start to go in another direction." Hamilton, who took a hard hit last Sunday, had a few bumps and bruises to attend to during the first of the week. But, the 1997 Pocono 500 Pole Winner is ready to tackle the tough track. "I like the surroundings at Pocono Speedway. I really like the people that run the track. It's a tough place to drive, though," Hamilton said. "A driver stays busy driving the track. I have one hand on the shifter and one hand on the steering wheel, while passing traffic at speeds of 170-180 mph. Every lap is unique and presents a challenge. We drive so fast, but it feels slow because the track is big. "I shift about two to three times a lap. It's a fun place to race, but it's a challenge. Setup can be real tricky, too. I think we can unload fast. If we can accomplish big speeds down the straightaways, we'll be good. The Goodyear tire test we did was really good. We'll just see how it goes."

<pre> Morgan-McClure/Hamilton Pocono Statistics

1999 Pocono 500-Started 11th/Finished 10th (15th WC Points) Pennsylvania 500-Started 37th/Finished 17th (14th WC Points)

1998 Pocono 500-Started 16th/Finished 20th (16th WC Points) Pennsylvania 500-Started 37th/Finished 20th (13th WC Points)

*1997-Pocono 500- Hamilton was the Pole Winner

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