Martinsville, VA---Apparently, rainy days and Mondays don't bother Bobby Hamilton a bit. The Winston Cup regular, who won a rained out and rescheduled Cup race here on Monday in 1998, did it again Monday, taking the $400,037 NAPA 250 NASCAR...
Martinsville, VA---Apparently, rainy days and Mondays don't bother Bobby Hamilton a bit.
The Winston Cup regular, who won a rained out and rescheduled Cup race here on Monday in 1998, did it again Monday, taking the $400,037 NAPA 250 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at Martinsville Speedway.
The event was postponed by rain Saturday and rescheduled for 11 a.m . Monday .
While Hamilton led 179 of the 250 laps from the outside pole, it wasn't an easy run. The lead changed hands eight times among four drivers. He had trucks on his tailgate all day while the usual wild action on the tight .526-mile track produced nine caution flags for 51 laps.
Hamilton, in the Dana Corporation Dodge, moved in front for good on the 200th lap and finished 4.3 seconds in front of point leader and pole winner Mike Wallace, who had turned in a fast qualifying lap of 92.615 miles per hour in the Team ASE Ford. Wallace had won two of the four truck races this season.
Jack Sprague finished third in the GMAC Financial Services Chevrolet, Dennis Setzer fourth in the Mopar Performance Dodge and Steve Grissom fifth in the Dodge Motorsports Dodge.
It was Hamilton's first victory after 14 starts in the truck series and was worth $40,710.
"I knew we would be good but I was worried about the 2 (Wallace) and the 24 (Sprague)," Hamilton said. "And it was tough to pass the 2 at the end. It's never easy here. It's all about rhythum at Martinsville. Yesterday wasn't my day (he finished 18th in the Goody's Body Pain 500) but I guess the Lord took pity on me today because I wasn't close to any of the spinouts."
Wallace led 53 laps, Bobby Gill 12 in the Line-X Ford and Terry Cook six in the PickupTruck.com Chevrolet. "Bobby was the class of the field today," Wallace said. "I couldn't even lead the first lap." Hamilton took the lead away from Wallace on the first lap and led 68 until his first pit stop.
Local favorite and defending champion Jimmy Hensley from nearby Ridgeway was tenth, Winston Cup driver Ken Schrader 12th and Carlos Contreras of Mexico City, making his debut here, 22nd.
Martinsville Speedway returns to action with Race Weeks in September with the Taco Bell 300, NASCAR's richest Late Model Stock Car race on Sunday, September 24; the Goody's Body Pain 200 NASCAR Featherlite Modified Tour race on Saturday, September 30 and the 45th annual NAPA AutoCare 500 NASCAR Winston Cup race on Sunday, October 1.
Tickets are available by calling toll free at 1-877-Race-Tix.