BUSCH: Darlington: Bobby Hamilton Jr, Team Marines preview

Bobby Hamilton Jr. Darlingtonraceway.com 200 March 16, 2002 Team Marines Racing Honors Hometown Hero The No. 25 Team Marines Ford Taurus will feature a decal to honor a local hero fighting in our country's war against terrorism. Corporal ...

Bobby Hamilton Jr.
Darlingtonraceway.com 200
March 16, 2002

Team Marines Racing Honors Hometown Hero
The No. 25 Team Marines Ford Taurus will feature a decal to honor a local hero fighting in our country's war against terrorism. Corporal William "Brad" House graduated from Irmo High School in Columbia, SC in 1998. Immediately following graduation he joined the United States Marine Crops and is currently with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU). House was part of the initial raid of the desert airstrip in southern Afghanistan in late November. In December, while serving as crew chief on a Ch53E, also called a Super Stallion, he and his crew were shot down during a mission just north of the Khandahar International Airport. A couple of weeks later they raided and overtook Khandahar International Airport, where they remained until early February. Team Rensi Motorsports would like to honor the courage and dedication of this hometown hero. The decal will bear the following: Corporal William "Brad" House, Irmo High School, 26th MEU.

Bobby Hamilton, Jr. Hopes To Make A Little of His Own History:
The No. 25 Team Marines head to the famed Darlington Raceway this weekend for the Darlingtonraceway.com 200, ready to take on "The Track Too Tough To Tame." Known as one of the toughest tracks on the NASCAR circuit, Darlington Raceway is a track where history is made, and Bobby Hamilton, Jr. hopes to make a little of his own history there this weekend.

Bobby Hamilton, Jr. on Darlington:
"Some guys dread going to Darlington, but I love it. I have had a lot of success there, finishing sixth and fourth the last two times I have been. It's always an exciting race and you just never know what's going to happen at Darlington. It is a demanding track, physically and mentally. You really have to race the track as opposed to racing your fellow competitors. And I can't say enough about the importance of tires there. The person who carefully manages their tire strategy and stays out of trouble will win this race.

This team has come together so quickly and just keeps getting better every week. We had a strong finish in Las Vegas and moved up several spots in the points battle, so we have a lot of momentum going right now. I am expecting this team to have its best finish of the still early season this weekend at Darlington."

Fred Wanke on Darlington:
Crew chief, Fred Wanke, gets a grin on his face when he talks about Darlington. "Darlington is just a tough, old track," he says. "It's grueling on both the car and the driver. The track is oddly shaped, like an egg, and turns three and four are much tighter with less banking than one and two. And that asphalt surface -- it will eat up a pair of tires faster than you can blink, if you're not careful. The driver really has to like to race here and know how to race here. It's difficult to pass and the groove is really high. If you don't hit your line just perfect, you're going into the wall and you'll earn yourself the famous Darlington Stripe."

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Bobby Hamilton , Bobby Hamilton Jr.