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Just Popping In: It just goes to show that you never know when Bobby Hamilton might pop into your office to say hello. This week while testing in Lakeland, Fla. Hamilton surprised some of his sponsor's employees by just walking through the door...

Just Popping In: It just goes to show that you never know when Bobby Hamilton might pop into your office to say hello. This week while testing in Lakeland, Fla. Hamilton surprised some of his sponsor's employees by just walking through the door to the Square D office building near the track. He came bearing postcards and a big smile on his face as people came out of their office to get an autograph from their driver. "I left the office pretty fired up about the people I had just met. It made me feel good to go in there and surprise them like that. I enjoyed getting to know the employees and hope that I can do that again sometime."

Raised on One Saying: Square D driver Bobby Hamilton said there is one quote that he follows throughout his racing journey, whether it be in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series or the Craftsman Truck Series. "It's not what you have, it's what you have right." Since the driver has finished in the top 10 in the first five races and is the current Craftsman Truck Series points leader, it's safe to say he is well on his way to having things right. "But I won't stop there. There is always so much more out there to do in racing. It's important to get on top and stay there. It's really the only way to even be competitive in this sport." Help out the Craftsman Truck Series: After driving five races in the Craftsman Truck Series Hamilton doesn't know if he could be any happier with his decision to drive the No. 4 Square D Dodge this year. He's also become a public relations dream. He wants to promote the series as much as NASCAR does, so every chance he gets to plug the Craftsman Truck Series he tries to help. "I'm proud of the fact that we have a series like we have. It's really low maintenance. It's laid back. We have such a versatile amount of drivers. There are young ones, rookies, veterans and even full-time Winston Cup Series competitors. We get out there and race each other hard to mix it up. It even could get physical sometimes. I ask the media to please help us promote the truck series. Anytime anyone needs me, call and talk to me about what else I can do to help. I'll make up a story for you if I have to. I just want to make this series the best." Notes:

" Hamilton is the current point leader over driver Rick Crawford by 20 points.

" The Nashville, Tenn. native and his crew chief will spend the weekend at Lowe's Motor Speedway playing crew chief and strategist to Hamilton's son, Bobby Jr. for the Busch Series race.

" Hamilton and Rick Crawford are the only two drivers who have finished in the top 10 in the first five events.

NASCAR Research and Development Center: Hamilton recently had the chance to tour NASCAR's research and development center for a behind-the-scenes look. "It's a great facility. There are all these different departments such as engineering, testing, aerodynamic, crash research, etc. They also have garage doors setup with different tests going on behind them. The place was huge and looked like it could grow for the next 50 years. It says a lot about our sport to know that the parent of us all is putting so much money into helping us stay safe out there while competing. NASCAR has done a lot in the past few years to keep our sport safe. The research people take their time on things to make sure it is done right. They test it over and over in several different ways. They won't just throw something out there to our trucks if it hasn't been looked at and tested to be pretty much fool proof. They recently approved the carbon monoxide catalyst component for us and are continuously working on more ways to improve driver and team safety. We are lucky to race in a series such as this."

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Bobby Hamilton , Rick Crawford