Texas: Bobby Hamilton preview

Sponsor Searching: "We have been putting things together for sponsorship and working with some really great companies this year. However I don't have all the races sold yet on my truck for 2005. On top of that, I didn't have a sponsor for ...

Sponsor Searching: "We have been putting things together for sponsorship and working with some really great companies this year. However I don't have all the races sold yet on my truck for 2005. On top of that, I didn't have a sponsor for Timothy's truck for this race either. It's tough to get one sponsor, much less two full time deals. I am still planning on running the full season, but am not sure I can keep running the third truck without a sponsor all the time. I didn't want to sit Timothy out this week and then lose all my provisionals for the rest of the races I have sold. So I chose to run him in Texas. Then we've got the next several races covered in that truck and then I will have to reevaluate once again. I can't run it out of my pocket, because I am doing that on my own at the tracks I don't have a sponsor for myself. It's hard to sell sponsorship and we feel like our program is the best. We won the most races last year, and the championship and still don't have a full time deal this year with anyone. The Bailey's folks came on board with us for 12 races, Lufkin Pro Series stepped up to sponsor us in Daytona, and TECH-NET/Law Enforcement Torch Run has been with us for three events as well. So we've had some help, but we still have eight races left to sell. That is one of the reasons why I am trying to drive smart, save my equipment and in turn that saves money. That makes the owner happy at my place when I get back on Mondays."

Double Duty: This weekend Hamilton will be flying back and forth between Texas and the Busch Series race in Nashville, Tennessee pulling double duty. "I'm going to give it a shot. Everyone else has tried it, so why shouldn't I? I think that we can pull it off pretty easy, barring there is no weather issues coming across we don't know about it. But then I can't control that, so we'll handle that when it gets here. Basically I am going to fly to Texas on Wednesday, practice and qualify on Thursday. Then they impound the trucks. So I will fly back home to Nashville on Thursday night, get up on Friday go to Nashville Superspeedway and practice Sadler's Busch car there. Then I will stop practice early, fly back to Texas to make in time for the driver's meeting. Once the truck race is over in Texas, I will fly back to Nashville and get some shuteye. I will get up early Saturday morning to qualify and race the Busch car that night. Sounds pretty smooth, but we'll see if it is or not."

Notes:

* The Tennessee native will be racing Stiffler in Texas this weekend.

* Last year Hamilton finished in the top 10 in both Texas events.

Need for Speed: "Texas Motor Speedway is the type of track you just strap in and hold on. There have been times out there that I've had to catch my breath before I could talk to my crew chief about changes. I raced there earlier this year in an IROC car, but there isn't any way to really compare that to trucks. Our trucks are not equal to say the least, so we can't even begin to describe that. But I can still use the on-track experience I had there. I was racing with some of the best guys in the world, the champions, so I watched and learned what I could. It's never too late to get taken to school, so hopefully I can use some of that this Friday."

-bhr-

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