Memphis: Bobby Hamilton Jr preview

Bobby Hamilton Sr. will back at the track for the second straight week in an ownership role after receiving treatment for head and neck cancer. Bobby Hamilton Jr. will be making his first NCTS start at Memphis Motorsports Park. The O'Reilly...

Bobby Hamilton Sr. will back at the track for the second straight week in an ownership role after receiving treatment for head and neck cancer.

Bobby Hamilton Jr. will be making his first NCTS start at Memphis Motorsports Park.

The O'Reilly 200 will mark Hamilton Jr.'s 19th NCTS career start.

Hamilton Jr. will be making his 11th 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 five NASCAR Busch Series starts at Memphis with two top 10 finishes and one win. (October 18, 2003).

Memphis Memories from Bobby Hamilton Jr.: "The one thing I remember about the Busch race we won at Memphis is that we had to keep the car turning all night. We were really tight at the beginning of the race and by the end of the night our crew chief Harold Holly had it just right, it was our night we could do no wrong. I am really looking forward to going back to a short track like Memphis, especially with the trucks. The short tracks are more favorable to us right now because you can take any horsepower or aerodynamic advantages that someone else may have out of the equation and actually just go race. Normally I don't really look forward to short tracks but Memphis is kind of like Richmond and I have always run well there. I see this race as a good opportunity for us."

Is Memphis a typical short track? "You get the sensation of speed there, you feel the speed but there is also the element of chassis work that comes into play. Other bull rings you can kind of just sling it around but that is not the way Memphis is. It is a speedway that is a short track and I think that is why I like it so much. It has always been one of my favorite tracks and I have always run well there. We have almost always been in the top ten there unless we had a mechanical problem so I really looking forward to going back to Memphis."J Bobby Hamilton Sr. on being back at the track after battling head and neck cancer: "It was great to be back to the track at Kentucky and to get a chance to see a lot of friends and to work with the team again. Kentucky is a racetrack in which I had won before and so is Memphis so hopefully I can add something and help out in someway. Bobby Jr. has won at Memphis and Timothy being the short track guru will help there. The teams are turning things around and so hopefully me coming back can help that process along. I have been doing what the doctors have told me to do. This disease is tough on you. I wouldn't wish it on anyone."

Crew Chief Kip McCord on Memphis: "It is very important to get the truck into the corner good and it get it turned and get it coming up off the corner with good forward bite. The hot weather in Memphis can provide a whole other set of problems. The track gets really slick, you are going to want more forward bite, you will want grip. Memphis has a little age on it now and it is a little rough so tire wear plays a factor."

-bhr

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Bobby Hamilton , Bobby Hamilton Jr.