BUSCH: Dover II: Hamilton Jr press conference

BOBBY HAMILTON, JR.-25-Team Marines Ford Taurus (Finished 2nd) "Practice killed everybody. We didn't have a lot of practice and it was kinda a guessing game and I said before the race whoever guesses it is going to win the race hands down. The...

BOBBY HAMILTON, JR.-25-Team Marines Ford Taurus (Finished 2nd)

"Practice killed everybody. We didn't have a lot of practice and it was kinda a guessing game and I said before the race whoever guesses it is going to win the race hands down. The 10 and the 5 were the fastest all day long. We got lucky to get to them at the end."

"This morning in practice, there was no rubber on the race track and then all of a sudden you had Cup practice and the sun coming out, and once again the same old Dover, no grip anywhere except way up top, and you couldn't make time up top today. It was just up to the pit crew. Harold Holly, that's why he's won championships because he knew what he was doing. He kept freeing us up even when I was telling him the car was perfect and we ended up second."

"If I was there I could have got him, but that's not the way I want to race Brian. If it was other people, it would be different. Brian, me and him are pretty tight and he's racing for a championship and we're not, but we are. He's right there in contention to win and we're trying to get tot the top five. Taking him out or doing something stupid, I wouldn't have felt right taking the trophy home. To me, beating them like we did at Chicago, New Hampshire and Kentucky, that's the way to beat them."

"They had enough cautions in the first 15 laps that you knew what your car was going to do. We ran this morning on a green race track with no rubber, so your worse scenario was going to be this morning instead of today. We knew exactly what the tires were going to do. I was surprised to see such long green flag runs here. Usually it's kind of a wreck-fest, and it was in the beginning and then all of a sudden they started straightening up and running good. I think we only had two or three cautions after that. That was the surprising part."

"I think the new caution rule is the best that they could have ever done. Last week was a scary deal and everybody knows that so they had to do something and this is the best way they can do it. I honestly feel Ron Hornaday was working on his stuff and was the best car one lap down and deserved to get his lap back. The only fair way to do it is the way NASCAR is doing it. I couldn't ask them to do anything different. The pit stuff was great. It wasn't wild and crazy like it usually is putting people in the fence. I just have to applaud NASCAR. They took the chance and it worked out for them. It could be one of those deals where you're running with him for points, and you're like, 'man, that ain't fair,' but sure enough it will work on your shoe one day."

"If it was someone else, it would have been different; I would be sitting over in victory lane right now. Like I said, I respect Brian and his team. They came from nowhere to the points lead. To be perfectly honest, we race each other hard, but we're fair to each other. It would have been different if it were someone else, but it was him and I'll take a second."

"Right now they're running for a championship and they smell blood, so all of a sudden they are going after every win. Right now I think the to three are points racing and catching up to him. You've got the 5 car and Hornaday and myself, we don't care about the points. We're here to win races and if you win the race, you bring home all the points and that's what the 5 is doing and nobody else is doing it right now, and that's why he's leading."

"The Goodyear tires are great. I've never blown a tire here. I've never cut a tire here, so it's almost like it's a perfect match for the tire and the race track. I think we could have run all day long on one set honestly."

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