Mansfield: Kevin Hamlin preview

* Kevin Hamlin will drive the No. 4 Open Joist Dodge this weekend at Mansfield MotorSports Park. * He will be making his fourth career NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series start at Mansfield on Saturday. In three previous races Hamlin has...

* Kevin Hamlin will drive the No. 4 Open Joist Dodge this weekend at Mansfield MotorSports Park.

* He will be making his fourth career NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series start at Mansfield on Saturday. In three previous races Hamlin has an average starting position of 26th and finishing position of 19th.

* Hamlin will pilot "Angel" this Saturday at Mansfield. This particular chassis visited victory lane at ORP in August of 2004.

Hamlin on His First Trip to Mansfield MotorSports Park: "I have watched several of the truck races at Mansfield on television, but that is the extent of my knowledge about the track. Our team went and tested at a short track in Alabama on Monday to gain as much experience as we can. It not only made me more comfortable, but also the entire team. I spent a lot of time picking mine and Schrader's crew chief's brains. They have been a part of the past two races in Mansfield and have a pretty good idea on what to expect. We ran a lot of laps on Monday just to see what the truck would do on long runs and short runs. It's important to have the front end turning comfortably and I think we finally got it at a good spot. It will definitely put both teams a step a head when we unload on Friday."

The Ken Schrader Connection: "Schrader is my teammate now, but several years ago I actually drove a couple of ARCA races for him. It was a two race deal in 2005. I drove at Kentucky and Michigan and finished in the top-10 at both events. It was a lot of fun. While we were in Charlotte last week the BHR crew had dinner at Schrader's shop and I guess they started telling stories about my younger days. It was all they talked about at the track on Thursday. When I drove those ARCA races for him I was still working a part time job to make ends meet and really had a lot to learn. It was definitely the beginning of my career. I guess that goes to show you really can come full circle."

Bet You Didn't Know: Hamlin won the very first quarter midget race he entered at the tender age of six. He accumulated eight regional quarter midget championships throughout Washington, Oregon and Idaho. He backed that up with a national quarter midget championship in 2002.

-credit: bhr

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Ken Schrader , Kevin Hamlin