BOBBY HAMILTON, JR.-25-Team Marines Ford Taurus (Finished 1st) "Since the get-go, we led since lap one. Scott (Riggs) had a pretty good car. We just kept saving our stuff, saving our right-front (tire) and him and Hornaday got together. It ...
BOBBY HAMILTON, JR.-25-Team Marines Ford Taurus (Finished 1st)
"Since the get-go, we led since lap one. Scott (Riggs) had a pretty good car. We just kept saving our stuff, saving our right-front (tire) and him and Hornaday got together. It worked out good because that was one less car that we had to pass that was pretty fast. I kept working on the 57, high, high, high. I remember that Todd Bodine won this thing a year ago running high. I just kept digging. Kept digging, backing off early, getting in the gas early. It hooked one time and I got me a good run, and it just worked. Jason is one of themes people that you can race with and not have to worry about any kind of incidence. He raced me clean and it worked out perfect, so here we are."
IT LOOKED LIKE THIS RACE MIGHT GO CAUTION FREE.
"That would have suited me fine. That was when our stuff was the best, out front in clean air. The longer it ran, the faster we got. I would kind of keep tabs on second and third and run about their speed. That's how good the car was. I could just run my pace and stay ahead of pull those guys. The team worked hard where I could get in the gas earlier than anybody and it stayed that way all night long. That's hats off to all the guys and Harold Holly. Just one guy came over here and changed the whole team."
TALK ABOUT THE PASS AT THE END.
"I kept running the bottom with him. The bottom, the bottom and I kept feeling the right-front give away. I went to the high side one time and it worked for me. He kept running the bottom, and it just worked. I got an excellent run and just pulled under him. Like I said, he's a class act and he gave me plenty of room. We raced off into one real clean and got by him, and once I was in clean air, I could get in the corner and just mat it from the center out and just pulled away. It worked."
TALK ABOUT THE MISSING LUG NUT ON THE LEFT-FRONT TIRE ON THE LAPP 88 PIT STOP.
"I don't know, I think it just fell of when they slammed the tires on there. We had such a great car that I got back up to second and started riding because it was so early yin the run. I didn't want abuse my right-front because I didn't know if it was going to go green forever. When you have that type of race car, you can pace your race. The 10 wasn't getting away; he was staying right there with us. If they give you that type of race car every week, you can do this every week. It makes my job look easy."
YOU MADE A LOT OF RUNS IN TURN 2. WHAT DID YOU DO?
"I would just take a real wide arch entering the corner, and before the center, the car would rotate so good that I could just be wide open before the center. They were having to wait for theirs to rotate. Harold has got the best saying in the world: if you can beat them to the wood all day you're going to kill them."
WAS THE LUG NUT A WAY TO MAKE THIS RACE INTERESTING?
"I would just assume kick their butt all night long and stay in the wind. If we're going to win one, I'd just assume it to be like that where it's a head's up battle down to five to go. That shows what type of race team that can give you a race car that can run up front. The car would just rotate so good that I could just get in the gas early. If it was up to me, I wish it would have gone green from one all the way to 200 because I'm sure we would have lapped the whole field."
PUT INTO WORDS WHAT HAROLD HAS MEANT TO THIS TEAM.
"He gets the cars driving so good. In bad air, good air, no matter what kind of air it is, I can pass cars. I can go to the outside, the inside, and he keeps the people so jacked up. When he speaks, they all stop what they're doing and listen. He's just one of these people that whatever he says, there's never a doubt; you just believe 100 percent. When it started to get free in a run he told me that it was the exhaust and it wouldn't get any worse than that, so I started driving harder and harder and picked up and wondered, 'How did he know that?' So much knowledge, tons of victories, a championship, it's just like I said, he's got the team so fired up when talks. He makes sense on everything. He's just got the guys so jacked up right now that I can think they can go right into war and take some bullets if they have to."