Hamilton is driving like an owner, at least for now Impounding Trucks: "As long as I get about 30 minutes of practice it doesn't matter to me if I don't get any more time on the track until the race starts. I am the type of person that needs...
Hamilton is driving like an owner, at least for now
Impounding Trucks: "As long as I get about 30 minutes of practice it doesn't matter to me if I don't get any more time on the track until the race starts. I am the type of person that needs just enough time to get a setup down and then I can race right after that. It might take me 25 laps or it might only take me a few. Some drivers need all this time to get their setup right, but we've been so stout lately right off the truck I don't feel like I need any more time. All it does it cause wear and tear on our equipment. Just tell me where I need to start and I will make the best of it. I'm happy with my team right now, the pit stops are fast, the guys have a ton of motivation and are really putting forth a lot of effort to win races. It seems as though we can take any challenge right now, make the best out of it and over come what we need to."
Dodge Teamwork: "Ted Musgrave and I were trying to help each other in the beginning of the race in Michigan. We did a little drafting, running high, helping each other a little bit. It's a team effort between Dodge, Mopar, Square D and everybody on our teams. We try to do the best we can. This is a season-long battle, and anything we can do for each other, we will. There are not many people out there that you can count on for that. We saw at the end of the race that I got shuffled by Bang Racing teammates Mike Skinner and Travis Kvapil. They did what they were supposed to do. If I am in a place to help a Dodge team or my teammate Chad Chaffin, I will do it in a heartbeat."
Driving Like an Owner: "This team doesn't worry about finishing races. I'm driving as an owner this year. I'm an owner who's got to sign a sponsorship for next year, and I need TV time to keep that sponsorship. To get TV time we've got to win races. We're not just riding around and being so spooked that we don't try several things in risk of losing points. I'm just not going to do it. We're a few races out from looking at points. The closer we get to the end of this year, about six or seven races out; we're going to look at the points. Then I might be conservative behind the wheel, but then again I think not."
* The truck Hamilton is racing at IRP is Slim Shady.
* Every time Hamilton has raced Slim Shady this year, he has led laps in the race.
* The Tennessee native finished third last year at IRP.
* Hamilton is pulling double duty this weekend as he will also drive in the Busch Series race on Saturday for James Finch.
Higher Groove: "So many people have labeled me this year as the high-groove driver. They think since I went up in the higher groove at Atlanta and won that I have found some hidden secret. That is not true. Yeah it worked in Atlanta with Beavis (the truck), but that doesn't mean it will work somewhere else. I didn't favor either the high or the low groove in Michigan. I just put my truck wherever I needed to go on that particular lap. Typically you don't have to deal with that as much on short tracks, but sometimes you can sneak a pass or two on the outside. After all, that is how I won Memphis."