WEST ALLIS, WI --- (June 24, 2003) - Bobby Hamilton Jr. and The Team Marines Racing Team head to the famed Milwaukee Mile this weekend looking to make it two NASCAR Busch Series wins in a row. Hamilton Jr., claimed a dominant victory last race...
WEST ALLIS, WI --- (June 24, 2003) - Bobby Hamilton Jr. and The Team Marines Racing Team head to the famed Milwaukee Mile this weekend looking to make it two NASCAR Busch Series wins in a row. Hamilton Jr., claimed a dominant victory last race at The Kentucky Speedway and now will battle the flat, one-mile oval located in West Allis, WI.
Since the addition of new crew chief Harold Holly just three races ago, Hamilton Jr. has climbed from 10th in the point's race to seventh, cutting his deficit from first place by 111 points. The White House, TN resident now stands just 162 points behind point's leader David Green.
Hamilton Jr. credits his new crew chief and the hard work of his team for the recent wave of momentum.
"When we were talking about a new crew chief, I told Ed and Sam Rensi (co-owners of Team Rensi Motorsports) that if they would get me Harold Holly, I would win them a Championship," Hamilton Jr. said. "We still have a long way to go, but with Harold on board and the hard work my entire team is displaying, I feel like we can race our way right to the top. A solid run this weekend in Milwaukee will be very important."
Hamilton Jr. will be banking on the knowledge of his crew chief this weekend, Hamilton Jr. has made four starts at The Milwaukee Mile and only recorded one top-ten finish, a seventh place run last season. Harold Holly on the other hand, led Jeff Green to finishes of first, second and ninth from 2000-2002 at the Milwaukee Mile.
"One of the best things about having Harold as our crew chief is that he has been successful at every track the Busch Series goes to," Hamilton Jr. said. "Milwaukee is a tough race track, but with Harold's setup and the guys on the Team Marines team all giving 110% we should be in line for a real solid weekend of racing."
The GNC Live Well 250 will take the green flag on Sunday June 29th at 2:30pm EDT. Practice and qualifying will be held Saturday June 28th. FX Network and Motor Racing Network will provide live coverage of the event.
PIT NOTES AND QUOTES
* The week following the Kentucky Speedway win was full of television, radio and newspaper interviews for Bobby Hamilton Jr., crew chief Harold Holly and the owners of Team Rensi Motorsports; Ed and Sam Rensi and Gary Weisbaum. In addition to the interviews, the team has received hundreds of congratulatory calls and notes from US Marines from across the country. The first email congratulating the team was received within five minutes of the victory.
* Hamilton Jr. has a way with winning races around holidays. His first win (Loudon, 2002) came one day prior to Mother's Day. The Kentucky win came on Flag Day and one day prior to Father's Day. The next holiday? July 4th, the same day as the Daytona Busch Series race.
* Bobby Hamilton Jr. can now be found online at www.bobbyjronline.com Visit the website for more information on the driver of the # 25 Team Marines Ford Taurus. The team also has websites located at www.teammarinesracing.com and www.teamrensimotorsports.com
* Bobby Hamilton Jr. will spend Saturday afternoon pulling for his father Bobby to win the Craftsman Truck Series race at The Milwaukee Mile. Bobby Hamilton Sr. leads the Truck Series points race and will be looking for his second win of the season after recording eight top-ten finishes in eight races this year.
Quotes from Kentucky Speedway win
Co-owner Sam Rensi:
"For me it confirms my belief that we had almost everything in place. I knew Bobby was a real wheelman, that our personnel are up to the challenges. We needed that knowledge base called Harold Holly to make it fit and complete the puzzle. I think we have the total package now."
Co-owner Gary Weisbaum:
"We have received hundreds of telephone calls and emails from Marines around the world congratulating the team on the Kentucky win. It's an honor for our team to represent the men and women of the United States Marine Corps and we are glad we can celebrate this victory with them."