Talladega: Bobby Hamilton Jr preview

BOBBY HAMILTON JR. HOPES TALLADEGA EXPERIENCE PAYS OFF THIS TIME Notes and Quotes * Bobby Hamilton Jr. will be making his first NCTS start at Talladega Superspeedway. * Hamilton Jr. has six NASCAR Busch Series starts at...

BOBBY HAMILTON JR. HOPES TALLADEGA EXPERIENCE PAYS OFF THIS TIME

Notes and Quotes

* Bobby Hamilton Jr. will be making his first NCTS start at Talladega Superspeedway.

* Hamilton Jr. has six NASCAR Busch Series starts at Talladega Superspeedway with one top five finish 4th (April 15, 2000). Hamilton Jr. also has one NASCAR Nextel Cup start at Talladega Superspeedway with a best finish of 14th (October 21, 2001).

* The John Deere 250 will mark Hamilton Jr.'s 25th NCTS career start.

* Hamilton Jr. will be making his 17th start in the No. 18 Fastenal Dodge at the John Deere 250. Hamilton Jr. made three starts in the No. 08 to start off the 2006 NCTS season.

Bobby Hamilton Jr. on the Ultra Fast Talladega Superspeedway: "With the new surface at Talladega it is going to have plenty of grip and it will be smooth. When you put those type of track conditions around race car drivers who are going to make it three and four wide then somebody is going to wreck and it is going to take out a bunch of trucks when that happens. I really want to be there at the end that is the only way you can win it. Talladega is going to offer up unbelievable passes because the draft will be so big there, the draft will play a huge role. It is hard to lay back sometimes because the draft is so strong there and you can get such a good run, but at the same time you can run from first to fifth all day, upfront and then get caught up in a wreck and what good did it do you to be up there. You just have to be patient that is the thing about Talladega. If you have a good truck at Talladega that can run upfront and lead all day and you can use the draft and go right to the head of the pack then you should do that. If you have drivers going three and four wide and you have a bunch of teams and drivers that have never been there and the wind is sucking them around then it is just science and common knowledge that there going to wreck. We don't use the restrictor plates at Talladega, just like at Daytona, so that makes for good passing. Strategy wise a lot of teams will use the a similar strategy at Talladega that they did at Daytona, just sort of sit back and see what develops and ride until 20 laps to go and then go for the win."

Bobby Hamilton Jr. on the difference between Talladega and Daytona: "As far as a comparison between Talladega and Daytona, Talladega is a better place to race because it just takes the handling factor out of it. When a driver can feel that he can run wide open all day and when it is time to put on a show or go get the money or the trophy then you can just go, you know the vehicle will be underneath you all day long. That is one less thing that is on your mind. But when you are at Daytona you just have to keep adjusting to the track and hope you make it right. It is real easy to get it too tight and lose your momentum at Daytona or to get it too loose. At Talladega the grip is there, the speed is there and these guys are brave. There are certainly no lack of heroes in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. The great thing about this series is that you have such a wide mix of styles for this race. You have the hard chargers that go right to the front, you have the guys who wait and see and you have the rookies who really don't know what to expect and will run hard right from the green flag. When you mix that all together on a track that has that much grip and that much speed them it is going to be very exciting."

-credit: bhr

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Bobby Hamilton , Bobby Hamilton Jr.