Kansas: Bobby Hamilton Jr preview

* Bobby Hamilton Jr. will be making his first NCTS start at Kansas Speedway. * The O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 will mark Hamilton Jr.'s 17th NCTS career start. * Hamilton Jr. will be making his 9th start in the No. 18 Fastenal Dodge at the ...

* Bobby Hamilton Jr. will be making his first NCTS start at Kansas Speedway.

* The O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 will mark Hamilton Jr.'s 17th NCTS career start.

* Hamilton Jr. will be making his 9th start in the No. 18 Fastenal Dodge at the O'Reilly Auto Parts 250. Hamilton Jr. made three starts in the No. 08 to start off the 2006 NCTS season.

* Hamilton Jr. will pilot the Bobby Hamilton chassis number 33 at Kansas.

Hamilton Jr. on Kansas Speedway: "I have always liked Kansas Speedway, we almost won a Busch race here a few years ago. Unfortunately the car vapor locked on us with just five laps to go and it ended up costing us the Busch Series championship. Kansas is a whole lot like Chicagoland Speedway. Both of them are 1.5 mile D shaped ovals. Kansas has a ton of grip but like a lot of places we race, once you get the rubber built up from the tires it tends to get really slick right in the groove. When that happens everyone starts moving up trying to find a quicker way around."

Always Learning: "Experience always plays a part at any racetrack you go to. You see the rookies struggling to learn these racetracks that are new to them and every lap helps them. But also from a veteran's standpoint we are learning new things every time we go as well. You never stop learning, you learn something every single lap you run at every track. It like any job someone may have, they learn something new that helps them get better at their job everyday. You had better keep learning in this sport or your performance will not be at the level you expect and really it is no different at any job. One reason that you are always learning something new in this sport is because things are always changing. The tires are always changing and that changes the way you approach a certain racetrack. The technology in our sport is always evolving and you have to change and learn to adapt to that."

CrewChief Danny Rollins on Kansas Speedway: "Kansas will be jus another tough big speedway in the hot summer sun. The heat plays a big factor because the track is always changing depending on the temperature. It is a physical challenge on your team and on your equipment. We have always run really good at Kansas, we finished second there with Bobby Sr. a couple of years ago and probably would have won had we not had damage to the front fender. Aerodynamics play such a huge role at a place like Kansas. It will be critical for us the be aero balanced. We are making a change in the truck we are taking to Kansas and I think that is going to really help us. The truck we are taking to Kansas is a lot closer in aero balance to the truck that Bobby Labonte finished third in at Michigan so that gives us some hope."

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Bobby Hamilton , Bobby Labonte , Bobby Hamilton Jr.