Nashville: Bobby Hamilton preview

Bobby Hamilton Glad to Be Back in Hometown Hometown: "I'm glad to stay at home this weekend. We've were gone most of last week doing a race with Ken Schrader in Pevely, then on to Indy for the Craftsman Truck and Nextel Cup race. So it is good...

Bobby Hamilton Glad to Be Back in Hometown

Hometown: "I'm glad to stay at home this weekend. We've were gone most of last week doing a race with Ken Schrader in Pevely, then on to Indy for the Craftsman Truck and Nextel Cup race. So it is good to be back home and have what seems like a normal week. I can go to the shop everyday and get some work done to get caught up. Nashville is one of my favorite places to race. I don't know if that is because I finally won a guitar last year or just because of the speed of the track. The guitar is definitely one of my favorite trophies I own. I don't even put it out very often in my display cases at the race shop because I don't want someone to take it or touch it for that matter. It's nice to be in front of the hometown crowd and go for another trophy. This time I told Bobby Jr. if I win, he gets it."

Learning from the Indy Cup Race: "We went to Indy with a Nextel Cup car we built in house trying to learn some things for future truck races. You can learn a lot about the aerodynamic package by just testing some things on the front end of a vehicle. We don't really have the ability to do that in a truck race because we are trying to battle for points, but we didn't have anything to lose in Indy for the Cup race so we tried all kinds of things during the race. I think we can really put some of it to work in these final truck races we have coming up that are aerodynamic dependant. It will help me with the speed as well. Now after going so fast in a Cup car, it will make me feel slower in a truck. You can learn a lot by being in other races and getting a feel for things like speed again."

Notes:

* Hamilton will be racing Slim Shady this weekend on the 1.33-mile tri-oval in the Champion's home town. It is the same truck he raced to the win last year in Nashville.

* Last year he started the event in the 15th position, ran the race without any radio communication and took the lead from David Starr with only eight laps left in the race which garnered Hamilton his fourth victory.

* The BHR Open House is open to the Nashville Superspeedway's season ticket holders and is held at the BHR race facility on Thursday, August 4th from 5 to 8 pm.

* Hamilton, Chase Montgomery, Timothy Peters, Deborah Renshaw and Bobby Hamilton Jr. will be on hand to sign autographs for those ticket holders from 6:30-7:30 pm. For more information on the annual open house at BHR please contact the Nashville Superspeedway.

* If Hamilton starts the Toyota Tundra 200, it will be his 90th career start in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.

Open House: "We do this open house every year with the Nashville Superspeedway and it gives people a chance to come watch our teams work on the trucks and see what it takes to get ready for a race. The guys from the BHR 2 shop bring one of Deborah's trucks over so all the season ticket holders at the track get a chance to see just what we at BHR work on day in and day out. Fans might see a late model, my Nextel Cup car, and all the trucks that Chase, Timothy or me drives. Or they can take a tour around the show room and see my first Winston Cup car that I won in for Richard Petty, the first BHR truck that won a race with Joe Ruttman as the driver and all my Craftsman toolboxes and trophies are on hand. The guitar, my prized possession, is in one of the display cases too. It's a great night, full of barbecue, local media, a band and some giveaways. This year you can even race some replica remote control BHR Dodge trucks. It will be a good time. Fans need to get season tickets so they can come do it as well next year."

-BHR

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Bobby Hamilton , Ken Schrader , David Starr , Bobby Hamilton Jr. , Chase Montgomery , Joe Ruttman , Richard Petty , Deborah Renshaw , Timothy Peters