Michigan: Bobby Hamilton preview

Hamilton ready to shake things up in Michigan Shaking Things Up: "I'd say sometime really soon we'll be in victory lane again, this week, next week, anytime is fine. I'd like to have been there before now, but for this reason or that we were...

Hamilton ready to shake things up in Michigan

Shaking Things Up:

"I'd say sometime really soon we'll be in victory lane again, this week, next week, anytime is fine. I'd like to have been there before now, but for this reason or that we were not there. Our team has done some reconfiguring on setups and working hard at getting back in the groove. The important thing we have to look at now is this points race. It's not over by a long shot, but we have to start playing our cards right to get us back up there in the thick of it. It's close, probably as close as it will be among so many drivers, but there is still 13 races left and always room to shake things up."

Experience Counts:

This weekend Bobby Hamilton will be amid the top drivers who have made the most laps around Michigan International Speedway in a Winston Cup Car. How can he use that experience to help him in a NASCAR Craftsman Truck? "All the experience you have will help, but I'm not driving the same type of automobile this year. Yes they both weigh the same, and have the same chassis underneath, but there is so much more downforce on a Winston Cup car than a truck. When we go to these two-mile tracks, the downforce is what most teams struggle with to go faster. The trucks are rougher to drive because the back end will jump around on you more. Winston Cup experience between me and Newt (Moore) will help us, but the truck will be the biggest player out there."

Grasping at Straws to Running Competitive:

"We blew that motor in Milwaukee and ever since that we've been grasping at straws trying to make up some distance. We got off the basics. But last week in Gateway we actually got back to running competitive. As an owner or a driver that has been doing this stuff for a while now, what can you do when you have a cut in your tire or blow a motor? It doesn't matter if I get mad or not, it still happened. We have to keep our chins up. I'm happy the truck drove well and Newt did a great job with the setup. When that race started last weekend, we didn't have to touch anything on the truck. I'm real easy to get a long with when things happen that we cannot control. Now if the stuff that we can control messes up, then I get upset."

Notes:

This weekend's No. 4 Dodge is called Butthead. Hamilton raced this truck in Charlotte, Texas and Kentucky.

Last year Robert Pressley drove the Square D Dodge to victory lane in Michigan.

Not a Scratch Yet:

Hamilton has raced in all 12 races this season and only had one minor scratch on his No. 4 Square D Dodge at Daytona International Speedway. "That makes the owner in me really happy. I know at the end of the races we've had so far that I've been out there running my heart out trying to make a big finish for Square D, but at the same time I'm trying to preserve my equipment. There will be times that we come home with some torn up equipment, but hopefully not anytime soon and not very often. The Craftsman Truck Series has had some really good races so far and they have pretty much been clean races. It helps us in the shop when we don't have to rebuild a bunch of trucks week after week. That gives us more time to stay on top of things."

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Bobby Hamilton , Robert Pressley