Daytona Bobby Hamilton, Jr. Post-Race Story

DAYTONA, FL. (Feb. 19, 2000) -- Sometimes, the greatest efforts are foiled by the smallest variables. That proved to be the case for Bobby Hamilton, Jr. and the ...

DAYTONA, FL. (Feb. 19, 2000) -- Sometimes, the greatest efforts are foiled by the smallest variables. That proved to be the case for Bobby Hamilton, Jr. and the #26 World's BestBuy.com Chevrolet in the Goodys 300 NASCAR Busch Series event at Daytona International Speedway. After qualifying sixth for the season-opening NBS event, Hamilton was running comfortably in the Top 10 when his car began to develop a handling problem. The 23-year-old Nashville, TN. driver alertly steered his car to pit road on lap 38 where it was discovered his Chevy had a broken shock pin. The resulting repairs took seven laps to complete dropping Hamilton well back in the running order. "I guess you could say we ran two races today," stated Hamilton after completing the 300-mile distance in 28th position. "In the first race, we were great. I was in the top draft most of the time and learning a lot about drafting at Daytona. I scraped the wall a bit early on, but it didn't hurt the car or anything. The shock pin breaking was just a freak thing. My ALLCAR Motorsports team did a heck of a job getting me back out there. I made it back. "The second race we ran was just trying to score as many points as we can," Hamilton continued. "Seat time when you are running alone doesn't mean much, but I needed to get points and stay out of the leader's way. We did that. The World's BestBuy.com/NASCAR Speedpark Chevy was great early on. I just hate it for our sponsors that we did not get to race all day." Despite the less than desired finish, Hamilton was upbeat about his Daytona experience and was looking forward to this weekend's NBS event at North Carolina Speedway in Rockingham, "We came in here and qualified well," said Hamilton. "The results might not have shown it, but this is a great team. I think we're going to have an outstanding season. Our finish at Daytona won't hurt us that much because there were a lot of Winston Cup drivers in the race and they will eventually fall back in the points. We'll have the new 2000 Chevrolet Monte Carlo ready for Rockingham. We should be in good shape with it. I can't wait to get there."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Bobby Hamilton