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Hamilton Jr. the hottest thing going DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 5, 2003) -- With nothing to lose, Bobby Hamilton Jr. (No. 25 Team Marines Ford) has thrown caution to the wind and put together the hottest of hot streaks in the last few...

Hamilton Jr. the hottest thing going

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 5, 2003) -- With nothing to lose, Bobby Hamilton Jr. (No. 25 Team Marines Ford) has thrown caution to the wind and put together the hottest of hot streaks in the last few weeks.

The Nashville, Tenn., native has seven top-five finishes in the last 10 races, eight top 10's and two wins in the last three events, including the most recent, the Nov. 1 Bashas' Supermarkets 200 at Phoenix International Raceway. Considering that he was in an accident on the last lap Oct. 4 at Kansas Speedway while going for the win, the streak is that much more impressive. He's sixth in the NASCAR Busch Series driver standings, 125 points behind leader Scott Riggs (No. 10 Nestle Nesquik Ford) and 65 points behind fifth-place Jason Keller (No. 57 Albertsons Ford).

The championship is a long-shot, to be sure, but he's still going to give it a shot at North Carolina Speedway, and in the Nov. 15 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, and let the chips fall where they may.

"I realize that everybody else has to have a little bit of bad luck, but with the two tracks coming up, that can happen," Hamilton Jr. said. "My only goal is to come out of both tracks with 185 points. If I do that, everything else will just fall where it does."

Hamilton Jr. credits not only his crew chief, Harold Holly, but his entire team for giving him the amazing amount of success he's enjoyed in the last couple of months.

"It's made everybody step up their performance to an even higher level," Hamilton Jr. said. "Harold seems to get all the credit, but a lot of credit goes to these guys, because they've stepped up to Harold's expectations. Without a doubt, the pit crew won the Phoenix race for me. Right now, every single time we unload, I know we're going to have a shot at being at the top of the board for practice, qualifying, Happy Hour and the race. Ed (Rensi), Sam (Rensi) and Gary Weisbaum have given this team every single thing it needs to be the best in the NASCAR Busch Series."

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Jason Keller , Scott Riggs