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Defending Federated Auto Parts 300 winner Carl Edwards has what Bobby Hamilton Jr. wants.
In the past, Bobby Hamilton Jr.
has stressed how much it would mean if he could win a Nationwide Series race at Nashville Superspeedway. The Tennessee native's home track -- and its unique guitar trophy -- would top of his list of accomplishments, but he's yet to seal the deal.
His next chance comes Saturday night in the Federated Auto Parts 300, but based on his season so far, victory might elude the Team Rensi Motorsports driver yet again. Perhaps that's why he's downplaying the importance of racing at home this time around.
Asked if he has special plans, Hamilton said it's just another working weekend. This one may actually include more work than usual.
"No, just be there at the last minute. I've got to be there at 5 or 6 Friday night and [I'll] get there about 4:30, compared to what you do now [getting to an out-of-town race much earlier]," Hamilton said at Dover. "Then [I'll] make a little bit of money driving a race car and get to sleep in [my own] bed. So, how bad is it?
"[It's] just another weekend at home to actually work a little bit more. You don't have to go out of town. I'm in the middle of building a new fence for all the dogs, so I'll have to do that more often, the whole time while I'm home. [It's] nothing special, it's just another weekend, too. You look at it as far as being at home, but at the same time, when you get to the racetrack, you don't have no advantages over those guys. You just know where the bathroom is compared to some of them, but that's about it."
Hamilton might be more excited about the race if he were better than 14th in points. Of course, he'd likely be a spot or two higher in the standings had he started at Mexico City, but Boris Said
drove the No. 25 in that event because Hamilton was sidelined because of a lack of sponsorship. In 13 starts this year, Hamilton has one top-5 and two top-10s.
Hamilton does have six top-10s in 10 starts at Nashville, though. Maybe he'll sing a happier tune about his weekend at home come Saturday night.
Mark Ashenfelter is an associate editor at ESPN. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.