Hamilton Jr - Ford interview 2008-11-11

This Week in Ford Racing Bobby Hamilton Jr., driver of the No. 25 Team Rensi Ford Fusion, makes his seventh career start at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In his previous six starts, Hamilton has earned one pole, two top-five and four...

This Week in Ford Racing

Bobby Hamilton Jr., driver of the No. 25 Team Rensi Ford Fusion, makes his seventh career start at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In his previous six starts, Hamilton has earned one pole, two top-five and four top-10 finishes. He talks about racing in the Ford 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Saturday night.

ON RACING AT HOMESTEAD. "I liked the old one [track surface] better than I do this one. But at the same time, the new one provides better racing. You can pass; it's a pretty good little place. It's fast, but you better run wide open in qualifying trim and stuff like that for out there. It's another fast race track and I think we'll be okay."

WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO WIN AT HOMESTEAD? "Last time, it was fuel strategy because of how the cautions fell. Now, if you can come up with a plan for that, or something, or have an extraordinary fast car, then you can do well. The last couple times, it's been fuel strategy because the cautions don't ever fall right. At that point, I'd rather be lucky than good. If I had to go to Homestead and be incredibly fast or whatever, I'd take the lucky part because it's more likely. This will be one of the deals that it was last year. If you're able to stay out, you can pass 20 cars on the race track. If you had to come in for pit stops, you'd come in seventh and go out 25th. At the very end of it, it's worked out for us. We kind of knew where we were going and played the whole fuel mileage game and it worked out. Overall, it's a good place. NASCAR went in and redid the place as far as progressive banking, kind of what Bristol has done. It will put on a good show for the fans."

HEADING INTO THE FINAL RACE OF THE SEASON, DO YOU LAY IT ALL OUT THERE AND PULL OUT ALL THE STOPS? "You know, being 15th, 14th, 13th or 15th, 16th or 17th in points, there's nobody watching and they think, 'Who cares?' So you can take chances, you can do different things as far as, 'Okay, let's try this' or 'We're going to be three laps short, just start saving now to be there,' we can try that because really don't have anything to lose. We're not going to pass any people, you might lose a spot or gain a spot and that's about the extent of it. You can go there with your shirt untucked and go and not be correct or not do it by the book at all. What have you got to lose?"

ON THE 2008 SEASON. "It's been average. Even if we can finish where we did on the road courses that we missed out of the country, we'd still be right there in the points. We're a top-10 team as far as the points. In racing, we've raced anywhere from 12th to 15th. We could be better in some areas and we'll get there. We've just got to get through this winter with the sponsor stuff to be there for Daytona to start working again. It's just one step at a time. Overall, I'd give us about a C or C-plus. We really need to be the best Nationwide team every week. Once you get to that point, you can start working on competing with the Cup guys."

-credit: ford racing

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Bobby Hamilton Jr.