BUSCH: Richmond II: Bobby Hamilton Jr preview

TEAM MARINES RACING NOTES & QUOTES: The NO. 25 Team Marines Racing crew head back to Richmond for the Funai 250, ready to settle the score. In the spring Richmond event, Hamilton, Jr. dominated the event and was poised to score his first NASCAR...

TEAM MARINES RACING NOTES & QUOTES:

The NO. 25 Team Marines Racing crew head back to Richmond for the Funai 250, ready to settle the score. In the spring Richmond event, Hamilton, Jr. dominated the event and was poised to score his first NASCAR Busch Series victory when a fuel-cell pick up problem cost him the lead with ten laps to go and he went home with a 25th place finish. While he went on the very next weekend to get his first win at New Hampshire International Speedway, he sees this trip to Richmond as a way to re-write history and score his second Busch Series win.

Bobby Hamilton, Jr. on Richmond:

"We had the spring race here. It was in the bag, but then we had the fuel pick-up problem. Fred has assured me that history will not repeat itself this weekend. I love racing at Richmond. It's side by side racing at it's best and it's every man for himself out there. It's rough on your equipment though, especially the motor and the brakes, so you have to really take care of your car. We're taking the same car as our last trip to Richmond and that is one awesome car, especially with the "Patriotism" design. This car is in honor of the first anniversary of September 11 and is dedicated to our Marines around the world working to rid the world of terrorism. The way we see it, this car belongs in victory lane and we're going to do our best to get it there."

Fred Wanke on Richmond:

"As a crew chief, I have had a lot of success there. This track requires both good handling and a lot of horsepower to be successful. Having Robert Yates Engines, I know we have both. The spring race at Richmond was a huge disappointment for us. That was our race to win but the fuel pick-up cost us. We very quickly took care of that problem. We're going back with the same car we had in the spring race where we were very dominate, so given that we stay out of trouble and keep all the fenders on the car, I feel pretty confident about our chances this weekend. Knowing how well we did there in the spring, this Team Marines crew is ready to go back and settle the score."

Special Car Design:

In a unique tribute that marks the first anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Team Rensi Motorsports and the United States Marine Corps will give the No. 25 Team Marines Ford Taurus a new look for the NASCAR Busch Series Funai 250 at Richmond International Raceway on September 6, 2002. Appropriately named, "The Patriotism Car" will serve as a patriotic tribute to the unwavering spirit of America and to the heroism of the United States Marines who have made and continue to make sacrifices to protect our country against international terrorism.

Equipment:

Hamilton, Jr., who currently sits eighth in the NASCAR Busch Series points standings, will drive chassis No. 17, better known as "Pac Man," this weekend at Richmond International Raceway. "Pac Man" has a pretty good track record for success bringing the team three top-ten finishes and one win. Car stats: Richmond (fuel-cell pick up problem cost him a win in last 10 laps), New Hampshire (1st), Nazareth (6th), Milwaukee (7th), Indianapolis (31st).

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Bobby Hamilton , Robert Yates