BUSCH: Bobby Hamilton Jr takes Kentucky

Bobby Hamilton Jr was clearly class of the field as the NASCAR Busch series took to the Kentucky Speedway. Starting from the outside pole, Hamilton took the lead on the first lap and quickly began lapping cars. Before the halfway point, Hamilton...

Bobby Hamilton Jr was clearly class of the field as the NASCAR Busch series took to the Kentucky Speedway.

Starting from the outside pole, Hamilton took the lead on the first lap and quickly began lapping cars. Before the halfway point, Hamilton and the Team Marines Ford had lapped over two-thirds of the field and looked to be unstoppable.

Hamilton's momentum was slowed, when he received a pit road penalty on a lap 86 caution. NASCAR officials called Hamilton back into the pits for a loose lug nut, regulating him back to thirteenth. Showing patience and confidence that only comes with experience, Hamilton battled his way back to the front, taking the lead from Jason Keller with two laps remaining, to win the second Busch event of his career.

"I just kept digging, backing off early, getting in the gas early. It hooked one time and I got me a good run, and it just worked. Jason is one of those people that you can race with and not have to worry about any kind of incident. He raced me clean and it worked out perfect, so here we are." Said Hamilton.

Hamilton and Team Rensi are reaping the benefits of there recent hiring of 2001 championship crew chief Harold Holly. Since joining the team after the Charlotte event the team has scored a top five in Nashville, and now the win in Kentucky.

Hamilton is well aware of the contribution Holly has made to the team.

"He gets the cars driving so good. In bad air, good air, no matter what kind of air it is I can pass cars. I can go to the outside, the inside, and he keeps the people so jacked up. When he speaks, they all stop what they're doing and listen. He's just one of these people that whatever he says, there's never a doubt; you just believe one hundred percent", said the race winner.

Finishing behind Hamilton were Keller, Ron Hornaday, pole sitter Stacy Compton, and Scott Wimmer.

Coming into Kentucky Nashville winner Scott Riggs had the lead in the championship points standing, but a late race incident with Ron Hornaday, ended Riggs night, as well as the run for championship contender Todd Bodine.

"We went down into the corner and I gave Hornaday the outside line off of turn 2 and gave him the outside line getting into (turn) three down there. To me, I thought he just came down. I don't know what happened; I've got to watch the tape", said Riggs.

The incident was enough to knock Riggs out of the top spot, and allow former champion David Green to resume the lead in the point's chase. Green sits 46 points ahead of Riggs, followed by Bodine, Hornaday and Keller.

The series is off next week before heading to the Milwaukee Mile for the GNC 250.

-thomas chemris

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Bobby Hamilton , Jason Keller , Ron Hornaday Jr. , David Green , Scott Riggs , Scott Wimmer