Hamilton Jr. to Make Busch Debut
Reprinted from the September 3, 1998 issue of The Nascar Winston Cup Scene.
Sadler Racing co-owner Check Sadler plans to field a Busch Series entry for Bobby Hamilton Jr. later this season, beginning with the September 11 event at Richmond International Raceway it was confirmed August 31.
Hamilton also will attempt to qualify for Busch Series races at North Carolina Speedway, Atlanta Motor Speedway and Homestead Motorsports Complex. ARCA races on the team’s schedule with Hamilton include those at Charlotte Motor Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway.
Then, if they can secure adequate sponsorship, Hamilton would run a full Busch Series schedule in 1999. The team tested August 24 at Richmond.
It’s the first venture into the Busch Series for Check Sadler and his father, Earl. They’ve given several racing notables their first big break, including Sterling Marlin, Jeremy Mayfield, Jeff Green and Michael Waltrip.
“We’ve made a commitment to Bobby,” Sadler said. “He does a good job. Bobby (Hamilton Sr.) is gonna help oversee his development. These races are particularly in preparation to get him ready for Daytona.
“He’s a pretty good little driver, really. He listens to his dad. We’re pretty excited. It helps us with a lot of expertise from Bobby (Sr.).”
The team’s Winston Cup program is on hold for the time being. Andy Hillenburg qualified the Sadler Racing Chevrolet 18th and finished 29th in the February 15 Daytona 500.
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