Further demonstrating that the addition of champion crew chief Harold Holly has created the magic combination for Team Rensi, Bobby Hamilton Jr nearly lapped the field to take the checkers in the Tropicana Twister 300 at the Chigagoland...
Further demonstrating that the addition of champion crew chief Harold Holly has created the magic combination for Team Rensi, Bobby Hamilton Jr nearly lapped the field to take the checkers in the Tropicana Twister 300 at the Chigagoland Speedway.
"I gave an interview this morning, and I said the best thing we can do is put these guys face in the mud and keep stomping", said Hamilton, referring to the eleven Winston Cup regulars who were "Bushwhacking "this weekend at Chicago. Hamilton's sarcasm may be attributed to the fact that Cup series regulars have accounted for twelve wins in nineteen races thus far this season.
The win is second of the season for the Tennessee native, and follow up his similar domination of two weeks ago at the Kentucky Motor speedway.
Based on recent performance, it is clear that Hamilton and team Rensi have stepped up their program. Prior to bringing on Holly, just after the May Charlotte event, Hamilton and company had managed only one top five finish in the first thirteen starts. Since Holly has joined the team, the team Marines Ford has scored two wins, three top five's, and five top tens in the last six races.
Holly, who won the 2001 Championship with Jeff Green, left PPC racing at the end of last year to team with Mile McLaughlin and the now defunct Angela Motorsports. The team folded before the season opener, leaving Holly unemployed for the first part of the 2003 campaign. The chemistry that has been established since going back to work makes this bunch the odds on favorite to make a late season charge for the series championship.
Finishing behind Hamilton were Matt Kenseth, Brian Vickers, pole sitter Casey Mears, and Michael Waltrip.
Vickers, the only other Busch regular to score a top five continue his streak of consecutive top ten finishes by chalking up his sixth in a row.
"It is about getting in and out of the pits, the crew chief, the driver, the whole team at Hendrick Motorsports, said Vickers, who is enjoying his success in the series.
Scott Riggs maintained the championship points lead by virtue of his seventh place finish twenty-three points ahead of former champion David Green.
Next week the series heads to the Magic Mile in New Hampshire for the New England 200 were Hamilton Jr is the defending champion.
By: Thomas Chemris