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Hamilton homecoming at Nashville in trucks

In his first race of the 2011 season, Bobby Hamilton Jr. returned to his home track, the Nashville Superspeedway, in the Rick Ware Racing #1 truck in the NASCAR Camping World Bully Hill Vineyards 200.

“It felt great to be back racing in the truck series, and to do it in front of a hometown crowed is always special. I’m glad Rick gave me the opportunity, and I can’t thank the guys enough for the work they put into the truck this weekend,” Hamilton Jr. explained.

Hamilton Jr. started 30th, and he competed in the top 25 for most of the race. The crew made constant improvements to the truck during pit stops, and when the checkered flag flew, Hamilton Jr. captured a 22nd place finish.

“The guys worked hard all weekend to make the truck work for me. I don’t think it was the finish the team was looking for, but we learned a lot that will help us when we come back in July,” Hamilton Jr. explained.

The next NASCAR Camping World Truck series event will be the Lucas Oil 200 at the Dover International Speedway. Qualifying for this event starts at 10:10 am EST on Friday, May 13th, with race coverage following at 8:30 pm EST on Speed Channel.

Blown tire ruins Hills Music City debut

While competing solidly in the top 25 at the Nashville Superspeedway, Timmy Hill, driver of the #15 Rick Ware Racing Ford, blew a left front tire in the NASCAR Nationwide series Nashville 300 and finished 33rd.

“We had a great car. Before that restart, we made up 15 positions under a green-flag pit stop. I could have been more proud of my guys, and the car was getting incredible fuel mileage,” Hill explained.

The incident occurred around lap 150, shortly after a restart. Upon entering turn one, Hill felt the tire go down, but before he could get back to the pits, the tire blew, destroying much of the front end.

“I was getting up to speed from the restart, and when I drove it into one, I knew we had a problem. I was trying to get the car to the bottom when the tire blew and ripped the fender off,” Hill said.

Hill lost 3 laps in the pits during the repairs, and he was forced to run the remainder of the race as a practice session.

“The blown tire killed our chances at a competitive finish. It was out of our control though, and the team busted their knuckles trying to put the car back together. They gave me an amazing car this weekend, and despite the finish, I’m proud of where we’re going with the program. We’ll hope for better luck going into Richmond,” Hill said.

The next race for the NACAR Nationwide series will be the Bubba Burgers 250 at the Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, VA on Friday, April 29th. Qualifying for this event will be 4:10 pm EST with race cover following on Speed at 7:00 pm EST.

Career high for Hill at Dega

Timmy Hill looked like a season veteran though his only vision of Talladega has been his iRacing simulator. Hill entered the weekend with Sunoco Rookie of the Year points lead but that did not stop him from putting the pressure on the veteran leaders.

Hill qualified in the 34th position and quickly paired up with another rookie, Blake Koch and set sail on the leaders. The two rookies charged up into the 20th position and was becoming a duo to watch throughout the event, passing veterans at every turn.

In the closing laps, Hill charged up to the 14th position, dodging three seperate wrecks in the direct path of his unsponsored #15 Ford to capture his career high and Rookie of the Race honors.

"This race was a blast. It was a great car and a great team effort. It felt awesome to contend and finally show what this team is capable of. With momentum finally on the positive side, its time to hit the Music City."