CREW CHIEF CHANGES AT BHR AND HAMILTON SR. RETURNS TO TRACK * Bobby Hamilton Sr. will be making his first trek back to the race track since St. Louis on April 29th. The elder Hamilton is recuperating after his five-months of chemo/radiation...
CREW CHIEF CHANGES AT BHR AND HAMILTON SR. RETURNS TO TRACK
* Bobby Hamilton Sr. will be making his first trek back to the race track since St. Louis on April 29th. The elder Hamilton is recuperating after his five-months of chemo/radiation treatments.
* Bobby Hamilton Jr. will be making his first NCTS start at Kentucky Speedway.
* The Built Ford Tough 225 will mark Hamilton Jr.'s 18th NCTS career start.
* Hamilton Jr. will be making his 10th 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.
* Bobby Hamilton Jr. has four NASCAR Busch Series starts at Kentucky Speedway with four top ten starts and one win, the Meijer 300 on June 14, 2003. Hamilton Jr. led 88 laps of the 200 lap event and pocketed $95,270 for his efforts.
* Kip McCord has been a top the pit box calling the shots for five different driver's first career NASCAR win.
Comments by Bobby Hamilton Sr. on recent BHR reorganization: "Danny Rollins, who has worked with Bobby Hamilton Sr. en route to the 2004 NCTS championship and has since taken the reigns with Hamilton Jr. in the No. 18 Fastenal Dodge this season, came into the shop on Monday and made the decision to resign. After further review of this decision and several meetings to restructure key people we realized it will serve in the best interest of all involved. We had a ton of success at BHR with Danny Rollins as the crew chief and we won a championship together and we're thankful for his efforts on BHR's behalf. Unfortunately this sport moves very fast and things change as time goes by. You see successful organizations restructure all the time in this sport to keep up with the paceâ^a" Hendrick, Yates, Roush, you name it, they have all been through it and in most cases it works out for the best. I feel like that will certainly be the case here at BHR. I think these changes will have a very positive impact on this team. The bottom line is it is my job to strengthen the overall racing efforts for Dodge, Fastenal and all of BHR sponsors, and this one needs to come straight from the boss. The communication and the results were just not there with the combination of Danny and Bobby Hamilton Jr. All that being said we think that Kip McCord's experience will take this team back to victory lane."
Bobby Jr on Kentucky Speedway: "Kentucky is a track with its own unique characteristics. They last time I was there was for a Nextel Cup test last year. It has really good grip, it is a big wide racetrack you can run inside or outside and it has a lot of speed. 90 percent of running good at Kentucky just hitting the right set up. You need a lot of site bite to be successful up there. It is definitely a fun track to drive if you are handling well. Like I said before it has its own characteristics with bumps located in certain different areas. It is fun to drive, especially if you are in good equipment."
Keeping Momentum in the Dog Days of Summer: "This is the time of year when you need to build as much momentum as you can. We have had a few weeks of bad luck with mechanical failure and some runs that we wished had been better. You name it and it has happened to us. We as a team have to stay focused on getting some good runs and climbing back up in the points. Racing fortune is always a cycle, you are either on top of the world or behind the eight ball. If you are running good everyone's attitude is up. If you suffer misfortune everyone's attitude goes down. We know that we need to have some good runs, gain some points and keep everyone pointed in the right direction. "