Michigan: Bobby Hamilton preview

Although strong contender, Bobby Hamilton is not points racing Halfway There: "I'm not a big fan of goals, so I don't get lost in the fact that we reached or didn't reach our goals. There are certain things that my team is doing that I feel...

Although strong contender, Bobby Hamilton is not points racing

Halfway There: "I'm not a big fan of goals, so I don't get lost in the fact that we reached or didn't reach our goals. There are certain things that my team is doing that I feel like are getting us somewhere and other things that we've been working really hard to cut out. I like the fact that my team is quiet and is focused. I'm not a big fan of huge celebrations because the let down can be so hard if something goes wrong. The Square D Racing Team is dedicated to making this team one to beat each week. You can see the maturity in them this season. They get the job done and then have playtime and all that shows in our performances. We're halfway through the year and we've won three races, but we were in contention to win several more. Those are the things I look at the most. It's not whether you win every race or the most races; it's knowing that you have the ability to do that."

Testing in Kentucky: "After the wreck in Gateway my team worked for three days straight. Some of the guys in the fab shop didn't even leave to get things finished before we tested. The team was determined that we would race this truck in Michigan and test it before that in Kentucky. I went along with that because I saw how motivated it made my team to see it through. We worked on the truck Tuesday night and left straight from the shop to drive to Kentucky at five am. Once we unloaded that truck, it took off. It was extremely fast and was even better than when we raced there. That is what makes working that hard worth it. My guys are really seeing results of determination this year and that motivates me to work harder myself. It's paying off."

Competitors: "I'm not surprised at the teams that are consistently running up front this season. We saw Ted Musgrave start slow this year, but we've seen him pick things right back up. Jack Sprague has been right up there every race, no surprise there. Mike Skinner has done a great job on the race track, although some of his finishes don't reflect how he raced. Chad Chaffin has been a quiet placer. Some didn't think he would do that this year, but he has proven otherwise. He's logged those top fives consistently and is bringing his trucks home without scratches on them. Matt Crafton has the most top-10 finishes out of anybody this year. He's a good driver and has great equipment. You can count on him to be there at the end. Shane Hmeil has taken his team to a whole new level as well. And don't ever forget Carl Edwards, he's been known to do a back flip or two this year. We have stiff competition in the Craftsman Truck Series and that is what makes us the best series to watch."

Notes: The truck Hamilton is racing in Michigan is Slim Shady.

Not Points Racing: "I think most people saw in Gateway when I had a totaled out truck that I'm not points racing. When these teams start doing that, it only causes problems. I'm a firm believer in the fact that if you consistently run well, the points will add up. I want to win the most races this year and the points will fall into place where they may. I'm not out there riding around trying to collect the most points. I want to lead my one lap early to get the extra bonus points for that and then race where I can. If that means lead the most laps, then so be it. We want wins, not top fives or top tens....wins."

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Bobby Hamilton , Ted Musgrave , Matt Crafton , Chad Chaffin , Carl Edwards