JOLIET, Ill. - Bobby Hamilton, Jr. handed in an unsinkable performance Saturday at the 1.5-mile oval at Chicagoland Speedway. Hamilton led 186 of the 200 laps, including the last 53 laps to secure his third series victory. Winston Cup points ...
JOLIET, Ill. - Bobby Hamilton, Jr. handed in an unsinkable performance Saturday at the 1.5-mile oval at Chicagoland Speedway. Hamilton led 186 of the 200 laps, including the last 53 laps to secure his third series victory.
Winston Cup points leader Matt Kenseth tried to no avail to catch Hamilton, who at times had pulled out to a sixteen second lead on the field. Kenseth's last opportunity came at the day's sixth caution, but in the end Kenseth just did not have enough horsepower. Hamilton powered away from Kenseth at the restart on lap 166, pulling out to a twenty car length margin before taking the checkered flag.
"Holy cow can you believe that," said Hamilton. "I hit the gas and we were gone. We beat Matt Kenseth, the Winston Cup point's leader, that's how good my guys are."
Hamilton attributed the turn around of the No.25 team to the joining of crew chief Harold Holly in June of this year. Since Holly came onboard, Hamilton has won two races and garnered five top tens.
"You can see the difference," Hamilton said. "Who the hell has race cars like that every week? I have them like that every week."
Kenseth finished second.
"I know you've got to try to make it sound interesting, but it just wasn't," Kenseth said. "It was like an old-fashion whipping we took today. He had the whole field covered.
"I don't think we'll have to hear anybody complain about all the Cup guys in the Busch race," continued Kenseth. "I would have needed a rocket booster to get close to him (Hamilton, Jr.)."
Brian Vickers was third. The third place result makes it six consecutive top tens for the No. 5 Hendrick Chevy team.
"It's about getting in and out of the pits, the crew chief, the driver, the whole team, and having Hendrick Motorsports behind us," commented Vickers.
Rounding out the top five were pole sitter Casey Mears and Michael Waltrip.
The race was slowed several times due to multi-car melees. The most serious of which sent Kerry Earnhardt to a local hospital for further tests, he was treated and released. An update on his exact condition was unavailable at the time of this report.
Scott Riggs pulls out to a 23-point lead over second-place David Green in the championship standings. Ron Hornaday remains third, followed by Brian Vickers and Jason Keller.