BUSCH: Bristol II: Bobby Hamilton, Jr. preview

The No. 25 Team Marines head to "Thunder Valley" this weekend for round two of what is sure to be an evening full of flying sparks, beat up race cars and hot tempers. After a top-five finish at Michigan International Speedway last weekend, this...

The No. 25 Team Marines head to "Thunder Valley" this weekend for round two of what is sure to be an evening full of flying sparks, beat up race cars and hot tempers. After a top-five finish at Michigan International Speedway last weekend, this team is ready to go out and conquer one of the most famous short track in the country.

Bobby Hamilton, Jr. on Bristol:
"I cannot wait to get back to Bristol! It's always a really wild and exciting race, for both the drivers and the fans, and racing there at night makes it all that much more wild. It is absolutely unpredictable. You NEVER know what is going to happen there. Not one lap is boring. As a driver, it's both physically and mentally draining but you don't notice it until the race is over. A soon as the adrenaline wears off you realize how worn out you are.

Bristol is a place where you have to be aggressive but you have to keep all of the fenders on your car too. That takes a lot of patience and a big effort to keep your emotions under control. This place will bring out the best and worst in people. I am just going to concentrate on having a top qualifying position, staying out of trouble staying up front. We had a great run here in the spring finishing 13th, which was my best finish ever at Bristol, so I am feeling pretty good about our chances this weekend. I'd love nothing more than to get the Team Marines Ford back to victory lane and I can't think of a better place to do it than at Bristol Motor Speedway."

Crew chief, Fred Wanke on Bristol:
"I am really looking forward to getting back to Bristol and racing under the lights. Ask any fan, driver or crew member and they'll tell you that the Bristol night race is this is the most exciting race of the year. Handling is the key at Bristol. You must have a good handling race car. The driver has to able to stay down on the bottom of the track all day long. If you can't figure out how to do that, it's going to be an extremely long day.

Track position is EVERYTHING there. To say it's important to qualify up front is an understatement. Of course people have come from the back to win, but it's a lot easier and your chances of winning much higher if you can qualify up front. Then you have to worry about staying there and avoiding trouble. That's a lot easier said than done here but if you can do it, you're chances of sitting in victory lane at the end of the day our pretty good."

Equipment:
Hamilton, Jr., who currently sits eighth in the NASCAR Busch Series points standings, will drive the same chassis the No. 25 Team Marines in the spring Bristol event where they posted a 13th place finish.

Where you'll find Bobby:
Look for Bobby Hamilton, Jr. at the Food City Family Race Festival in Bristol, TN on August 22. He'll be signing autographs and greeting fans from 7-9 pm.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Bobby Hamilton