Nashville: Bobby Hamilton preview

Hamilton looking forward to racing with Bobby Jr. This weekend Bobby Hamilton Racing will field a fourth truck driven by Busch Series driver Bobby Hamilton Jr. The family connection extends beyond the father and son who will be racing for the...

Hamilton looking forward to racing with Bobby Jr.

This weekend Bobby Hamilton Racing will field a fourth truck driven by Busch Series driver Bobby Hamilton Jr. The family connection extends beyond the father and son who will be racing for the Gibson guitar at their home track - their sponsors are also related. Bobby Jr.'s sponsor for the race will be Dayton, Ohio, based Hyde Park Electronics, the world leader in ultrasonic sensing technology and a subsidiary of Schneider Electric. Square D, Bobby Sr.'s sponsor, is the 100-year-old, market-leading brand of electrical distribution and industrial control products also part of the Schneider Electric brand family.

"Square D and Hyde Park have outstanding people and products that exceed customer needs and are winning in the marketplace," said Dave Petratis, President and CEO of Schneider Electric North American Operating Division. "And, like the Hamiltons, both are fierce competitors and proven performers. It's going to be an interesting battle on the track and we're confident that Schneider Electric will have a truck in Victory Lane - the question is, which one?"

Bobby Jr. Shake Down: "We built a brand new in-house truck for Bristol and needed to have a test session with it. Bobby Junior drove a truck for me two years ago in Nashville and finished third. He gave us a lot of great input, so this is a natural fit for us again. Harold Holly and all the Marines guys are coming over to pit it, so we're excited about the help."

Good is Enough: "Racing is everyday life to me. Right now things are going good, so I enjoy getting up and doing it, but it could all change tomorrow. You have to stay on top of it and you do that by letting your people do their job. Sometimes an owner cracks a whip so much that they can just wear the people down. Sometimes good is enough. If you push the envelope beyond that with your employees, then they wonder what else can I do? Or they say I'm doing all I can do now and that is not enough. You need to maximize your people, realize they are at their maximum and putting out 100% and then leave them alone. That is the best thing they've got right then and right now. It's the best for business."

Notes:

* The truck Hamilton is racing in Nashville is Slim Shady.

* In half of the races so far this year Hamilton has finished in the top five.

* BHR owns five out of six Dodge wins this season in the NCTS.

* BHR and Nashville Superspeedway are teaming up on Thursday Aug. 12th for their annual open house at the new BHR racing facilities.

Owner/Driver - Making it work: "I was talking with a person from Square D and he put my driver/owner status in a way that I've never thought of or nobody had ever said to me. He pointed out how tough it is for a driver to be an owner running the shop and still out there winning races and holding a group of people together each week. I never looked at it that way. I was pretty proud of that fact. It's a people deal. I think if you get a company doing what this company is doing and you have self-motivated people, then it just sort of carries itself. That is what I'm experiencing right now. It is really easy to be honest with you."

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Bobby Hamilton , Bobby Hamilton Jr.