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Hamilton ready to rock 'n roll under the lights at Richmond It may not exactly be a concert atmosphere, but Bobby Hamilton and the No. 4 Kodak MAX Film Racing team are ready to rock 'n roll on Saturday night under the lights at...

Hamilton ready to rock 'n roll

under the lights at Richmond

It may not exactly be a concert atmosphere, but Bobby Hamilton and the No. 4 Kodak MAX Film Racing team are ready to rock 'n roll on Saturday night under the lights at Richmond International Raceway. Hamilton will return to action behind the wheel of the No. 4 Chevy in the Pontiac Excitement 400 NASCAR Winston Cup race after a weekend off for Mother's Day. But Hamilton didn't really get too much down time during the holiday weekend. Instead, he competed in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck race last Saturday in Memphis and then was scheduled to test for three days at Greenville-Pickens S.C. Speedway on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday prior to this weekend's race at the .750-mile, D-shaped Richmond track. Hamilton qualified sixth and finished sixth in his last outing at Richmond in the No. 4 Kodak Monte Carlo, and he's hoping to improve on that finish Saturday night. "Richmond is sort of an in between track," Hamilton said. "It's a real fast short track and a slow intermediate track. It's one of the best tracks we go to for pure racing. They keep up the track real good, and they keep a good seal on it. "It's going to be at night, and that seems to always make it more exciting, too. We have some of the most exciting racing of the season at Richmond. It's not unusual to see the cars go four-wide there. You can't really race four wide, but there's no problem going three wide." Hamilton finished 10th in last season's Winston Cup standings and currently stands 20th after the first 10 events of the season. He's counting on a strong run at Richmond to help him climb back toward the top 10. "We've got a top 10 team, and we need to start showing it," Hamilton said. "We're more than 200 points out of 10th place right now, but we've got a lot of racing left, and I know nobody at Morgan-McClure is going to give up." Team owner Larry McClure agrees with his driver and is ready to turn the tide at Richmond. "We're looking forward to Richmond," McClure said. "We always look forward to racing at the Sawyers' track. We've had some real good races there in the past and ran real good the last time we were there. "It's a mixture of a speedway and a short track, but it's a basic short track. There's a lot of bumping and grinding going on there, a lot of tight corners. It gets pretty busy, but I'm looking forward to the upcoming races at Richmond and Charlotte. I think we'll be good at both places."

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