From today’s NASCAR ONLINE CHAT with Bobby Hamilton Question from Dan Cretors from proxy.aol.com at 1:14pm ET How is Bobby Jr’s progression as a driver coming? What races can we look forward to seeing him in in 1999?
Answered by: BOBBY HAMILTON at 1:16pm ET Well, he’s done real good. He’s down here testing now, he’s in an ARCA car and a Busch car. His speeds have been real impressive. What we’re going to do is run one more ARCA race and the rest of the Busch races. We’re running Rockingham, Atlanta and Homestead; we’re going to try and make those shows. We’re real close to a deal for all of the Busch Series next year. He’ll be running for Sadler Racing out of Nashville, Tenn., and that gives me the chance to oversee it, too.
Hamilton Jr. to drive Busch Series by: Larry Woody from today’s issue of The Tennessean
His friends, fans and family call him “Little Bobby.”
And a local racing team has big plans for him.
Bobby Hamilton, Jr., whose father is one of the top drivers on the NASCAR Winston Cup circuit, plans to drive the final three Busch Series races this season in a car fielded by Nashville’s Sadler Racing.
Their goal is to run the full Busch Series schedule next year.
“We think Bobby is a very talented young driver with unlimited potential,” says Sadler Racing crew chief Tim Horton. “If things work out the way we hope, we’ll run all the races next year.”
Right now the team is shooting for upcoming Busch events at Rockingham, N.C. (this weekend), Atlanta and Homestead, Fla.
Hamilton has turned in some impressive runs in ARCA races this season, running with the leaders at Charlotte and Talladega.
“He’s a tough little driver,” Horton says. “And he’s absolutely fearless. He’s going to be a great driver some day.”
Sadler Racing, owned by Earl Sadler, over the years has given some of NASCAR’s best drivers their Winston Cup starts, including the late Davey Allison and current stars Sterling Marlin and Jeremy Mayfield.
With the cost of Winston Cup racing around a minimum of $6 million a season, Sadler Racing may elect to concentrate its future efforts on the Busch circuit.
Bobby’s next race will be the Busch Grand National event at North Carolina Speedway in Rockingham, NC on October 31.
Bud Pole Qualifying: Friday, Oct. 30 at 12:45 p.m. EST ACDelco 200: Saturday, Oct. 31 at 2 p.m. EST on TNN and MRN
For the latest news about the race visit Nascar.com, North Carolina Speedway, and Jayski’s BGN Page.
Bobby will attempt to run the last ARCA race and three Busch Grand National races with the Sadler Team this fall.
The race schedule is:
North Carolina Speedway
Atlanta Motor Speedway
Atlanta Motor Speedway
Miami-Dade Homestead Motorsports Complex
Bobby then plans to run the full 1999 BGN schedule for the Sadler Racing Team.
The team is seeking sponsorship for this exciting new driver. If you are interested in putting your company’s logo on the hood of the 95 car for the rest of the 1999 season, come on aboard! Contact Kent Sims at (615)826-1686 or e-mail him at [email protected]. Serious inquires only, please. Get your company into the fastest growing sport in the country!
If you have any questions about the team e-mail them to [email protected] and we will try to get answers as soon as possible.