BUSCH: Talladega: Bobby Hamilton, Jr. preview

BOBBY HAMILTON, JR. & THE NO. 25 TEAM MARINES RACING NOTES & QUOTES: Looking back at Nashville-- The No. 25 Team Marines posted a 3rd place finish at Nashville last weekend, their first top-five of the season. The third place finish was ...

BOBBY HAMILTON, JR. & THE NO. 25 TEAM MARINES RACING NOTES & QUOTES:

Looking back at Nashville--

The No. 25 Team Marines posted a 3rd place finish at Nashville last weekend, their first top-five of the season.

The third place finish was Hamilton, Jr.'s best career NASCAR Busch Series finish.

The third place finish ties the best ever NASCAR Busch Series finish for Team Rensi Motorsports. Andy Santerre posted a third place finish for the team in 2000 at Pikes Peak International Speedway.

Looking forward to Talladega--

Hamilton, Jr. will make his third career start at the world's fastest speedway this weekend, when the NASCAR Busch Series heads to Talladega Superspeedway for the Aaron's 312.

Bobby Hamilton, Jr. on Talladega:

"I am looking forward to Talladega, especially with the momentum we have after finishing third last weekend. I learned a lesson last weekend -- that I have to remain patient, and that will be important at Talladega. Getting impatient there can get you in a lot of trouble. We're taking the same car down there that we had in Daytona and I can tell you, that's an awesome car. What I like about Talladega is that it's a place you can move around on a lot. You don't have to stay in the same groove and you can create different scenarios for your car. If you're tight in one groove, you can move to another and just find where the car works the best for you. Finding a drafting partner is also important there. You can't find yourself stranded alone. You have to have a little help. That combined with having the right aero package and lot of horsepower, should make for a great day at Talladega."

Fred Wanke on Talladega:

"At Talladega, two things are important -- horsepower and aerodynamics. It's all about raw speed and you either have it or you don't. When we unload we' re going to focus on qualifying and make sure Bobby starts this race up front, because you certainly don't want to start a restrictor plate race in the middle of the pack. Then we'll need to make sure he can stay up there. We have a great race car prepared, and I think we saw last weekend just how strong these Yates engines are. Bobby and this team just keep getting better every single week and I am really happy with the progress we are making. It' s only a matter of time before the Marines Ford Taurus is sitting in victory lane."

Equipment:

Hamilton, Jr., who currently sits eighth in the Busch Series points standings, will be driving the same car he raced in February at the season opener at Daytona International Speedway. Hamilton, Jr. was running in the top-five when the right rear tire blew, doing significant damage to the car. After pitting several times to repair the damage, Hamilton, Jr. finished the race twelve laps down and in the 30th spot.

Hamilton, Jr. will sign autographs on Friday at the Team Marines Racing souvenir trailer from 11:30am --12:30pm.

-trm-

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Bobby Hamilton