Martinsville: Bobby Hamilton Jr preview

Bobby Hamilton Jr. will be taking over the No. 18 Fastenal Dodge in the Martinsville Kroger 250. He is racing one of his father's favorite trucks from the 2005 NCTS season, Slim Shady. In 2004 Hamilton Jr. drove the No. 59 Dodge in ...

Bobby Hamilton Jr. will be taking over the No. 18 Fastenal Dodge in the Martinsville Kroger 250. He is racing one of his father's favorite trucks from the 2005 NCTS season, Slim Shady.

In 2004 Hamilton Jr. drove the No. 59 Dodge in Martinsville qualifying it in the 26th position and finished the event in the 9th spot.

Last season Bobby Hamilton Sr. acted as a fill-in Crew Chief for his son during the two practice sessions at the spring Nextel Cup event in Martinsville. The father-son duo hit the pavement pretty hard working on their setup and finally came up with the right package enabling them start the race in the 28th position. However overheating problems cost the team a strong finish.

Hamilton Jr. will be heading to Lowe's Motor Speedway this Tuesday for a Goodyear Tire test on the track.

This will mark the first event this season that Hamilton Sr. will be out of his truck battling cancer.

Bobby Hamilton Jr. on Short Track Racing in Martinsville: "Martinsville is a tricky race track. I have not had tons of seat time here, but each race I learn something new. The track resembles a paper clip. It has real long straight-aways and then real tight corners. You really have to watch the competitors around you. You can get caught up in someone else's mess real easy. The flip side of that is you can also rebound quickly. I have seen drivers come from a lap down to win the race. It an exciting place that always provides a great show for the fans."

Gaining from Tire Testing in Charlotte: "A tire test is not one of the exciting things you do in racing, but it is very important. We will have tremendous speeds and it is essential the tires hold up. Last October, during the Nextel Cup race Goodyear had some trouble with the tires giving out and they took a lot of heat for it. I am glad to see them taking the necessary precautions for our event in May. The key to running good at Lowe's is being able to run wide open all around the race track. So, we will go there and hopefully get our truck running wide open and call it a day."

Bobby Hamilton Sr. on Chemo Treatments: "I've gone now for two chemo treatments at Vanderbilt and things are still wide open for me. I walk in just like everyone else who gets the treatment and I walk out all the same. I don't want any kind of special treatment out of this, so it is very important for me to do this just like everyone else. I never even told my nurse who I was. Once I got my first treatment I went straight to my race shop and worked the rest of the day. Then the next day we tested our late model at the local track, then I worked the rest of the week all the way into the weekend. It is business as usual. I keep joking around with all the guys and they are really stepping things up at the shop, so we are going full steam ahead."

Bobby Hamilton Sr./Hamilton Jr. Testing: Hamilton Sr. said, "I'm going to a track in Bowling Green, KY this week to do a test on our chassis. We are trying to learn some new things to give the Dodge's more advantage on the front end. So I am going to play Crew Chief and let Timothy (Peters) drive the things I am testing out. This is kind of my baby, so while Bobby Jr. is testing tires in Charlotte, I'll be doing some things behind the scenes to help on this end."

-bhr

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Bobby Hamilton , Bobby Hamilton Jr.