BUSCH: Colorado Springs: Bobby Hamilton Jr preview

TEAM MARINES RACING NOTES & QUOTES: Hamilton, Jr. and the No. 25 Team Marines broke into the top-five in the NASCAR Busch Series championship points race with their 17th place finish last weekend at Gateway International Raceway. While pleased...

TEAM MARINES RACING NOTES & QUOTES:
Hamilton, Jr. and the No. 25 Team Marines broke into the top-five in the NASCAR Busch Series championship points race with their 17th place finish last weekend at Gateway International Raceway. While pleased with the breakthrough into the top-five, crew chief, Fred Wanke, feels that now is not the time to stop and pat themselves on the back.

"It's that time in the season when everyone has to stay focused and continue to stay dedicated to working a lot of hours," Wanke said. "Championships and points standings will be are determined in the next several weeks. We may be in the top-five right now but we have to remember--it's a lot easier to go backwards than it is forward."

Bobby Hamilton, Jr. on Pikes Peak:
"Pikes Peak is real smooth and wide with multi groves. You can run high, low, or in the middle -- wherever works the best for you at any given moment throughout the race. You just have to find the line that works. There will be a lot of passing which makes it fun for us, as well as exciting for the fans. The higher altitude has never bothered me too much physically, but you do notice the effect that it has on the motor. You'll think it's laying down, but it's really not. We're trying out a new car this weekend that we hope will bring us a little better luck than what we've had the past couple of weeks. We have finally made it into the top-five, now we just have to stay there."

Fred Wanke on Pikes Peak:
"I enjoy racing at Pikes Peak. It's a smooth, wide, flat race track that produces a lot of side by side racing and plenty of room for passing. There are generally not a great number of cautions at Pikes Peak so fuel mileage and pit strategy will often win you the race at track like this. A lot of people ask how the higher elevation will come into play. It will cut back on the amount of horsepower you can make, but everyone is taking in the same air so we're all at an even disadvantage. What will be a factor is how the altitude effects each driver physically."

Equipment:
Hamilton, Jr., who currently sits fifth in the NASCAR Busch Series points standings, will drive car No. 16 on Saturday in the NetZero 250 at Pikes Peak International Raceway. This is will mark car No. 16's first appearance of the season.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Bobby Hamilton