KEVIN HAMLIN TO MAKE SECOND TRUCK SERIES START AT LAS VEGAS (Concord, NC) - Coming off a solid run in his first ever career NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series start at Kansas Speedway, two-time Autozone Elite Division Northwest Series Champion Kevin...
KEVIN HAMLIN TO MAKE SECOND TRUCK SERIES START AT LAS VEGAS
(Concord, NC) - Coming off a solid run in his first ever career NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series start at Kansas Speedway, two-time Autozone Elite Division Northwest Series Champion Kevin Hamlin has again been selected by Green Light Racing to run at Las Vegas on September 24th. Hamlin ran for Green Light in the O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 at Kansas Speedway on July 2nd, and was able to notch a top 25 finish in his first start.
After qualifying 24th, the team was set back for the race when they broke a transmission in practice. Because of NASCAR rules, Hamlin had to start the race from the rear of the field. Even with the bad starting spot and struggling with the truck?s handling, he was able to fight back to a 23rd place finish.
"We were really loose during the long run without a caution, and the leaders caught us and we went down a lap," Hamlin said. "That was disappointing, but we got the truck fixed during the next stop and we were a lot better."
This Craftsman Truck Series start came for Hamlin after he recorded two top 10 finishes in two ARCA RE/MAX Series races earlier this season. And the experience gained was extremely valuable.
"I had a great time today in the Green Light Racing/Embassy Suites truck. I learned a lot and that was the goal," Hamlin said. "In the Craftsman Truck Series, you have work your tail off just to run in the top 30. I never thought it was possible to run that hard for that amount of laps. The field is so tough, and you?re racing with the best racers in the country."
Hamlin will be back on track on August 13th at Nashville SuperSpeedway in the ARCA RE/MAX Series before his truck start in September.
"I can't wait for Las Vegas in September. I'll be more comfortable with the trucks and I'll have a better idea what to expect."