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Charles Robert Hamilton Jr. (born January 8, 1978 in Nashville, Tennessee) is an American stock car racing driver. He formerly competed in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and Xfinity Series.

Bobby Hamilton Jr.
Born (1978-01-08) January 8, 1978 (age 41)
Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career
64 races run over 5 years
Best finish36th (2005)
First race2000 Pennzoil 400 (Homestead)
Last race2005 Ford 400 (Homestead)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
253 races run over 10 years
Best finish4th (2003)
First race1998 AC Delco 200 (Rockingham)
Last race2009 Dover 200 (Dover)
First win2002 Busch 200 (Loudon)
Last win2003 Bashas' Supermarkets 200 (Phoenix)
Wins Top tens Poles
5 63 4
NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series career
37 races run over 6 years
Best finish16th (2006)
First race2001 GNC Live Well 200 (Milwaukee)
Last race2011 Bully Hill Vineyards 200 (Nashville)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 11 2
Statistics current as of November 28, 2012.

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Early careerEdit

When he was 15 years old, he found a Ford Pinto in his driveway as a gift from his father (2004 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Champion Bobby Hamilton). They fixed up the car, and Hamilton began racing it on weekends at the local speedway. In 1998, he moved to the ARCA series where he earned four top-5 finishes in five races.

1998–2001Edit

In 1998, Hamilton began to run some Busch Series races for the Sadler Brothers Racing No. 95 team. He made his debut at Rockingham in October, where he started in 27th position. He led four laps and finished 37th, three laps off the lead. He also made the race at Atlanta, had a 19th place start and 20th-place finish. Hamilton and the No. 95 Shoney's Inn team entered 1999 with a part-time schedule. In four races with the team, his best finish was 27th at Rockingham and Darlington. His best start was sixth at Daytona. He did not race again until the Hensley Motorsports No. 63 Exxon Superflo team had an opening. He ran six of the next seven races, beginning at Watkins Glen. In that seat, he set his best career finish of 21st at Pikes Peak. Hamilton then moved over to the No. 22 Air Jamaica Team owned by Carroll Racing. He qualified for all the races he attempted, and matched his career best start of 6th at Charlotte. At Homestead-Miami Hamilton started 15th and finished 9th.

Hamilton got a full-time ride with Carroll in 2000, driving the newly formed No. 26 Chevy, with sponsorship from Baywatch. Hamilton had three top-10s in 2000, with a fourth at Talladega, and a pair of sevenths at Charlotte and Memphis. Hamilton also won his first career pole in the season finale at Homestead-Miami. He finished 19th in points. During the Homestead weekend in 2000, he made his Winston Cup Series debut at that track, driving the No. 57 Chevrolet owned by his father. He finished 33rd in that race, six laps down. He drove the No. 01 Coors Light Chevrolet for SABCO Racing the following week to a 31st-place finish.

Hamilton returned to Carroll had a pair of 5th at Darlington and Rockingham in 2001. He also added three other top-10s, and won another pole at Fontana in addition to starting in the top-10 for half the races. After finishing 17th in points, he left the team. He made his Truck Series debut that year at The Milwaukee Mile in the No. 4 Dana Dodge Ram for BHR, but exited early due to a transmission failure. He also ran three races in the No. 33 Oakwood Homes Chevy for Andy Petree Racing as a teammate to his father, filling in for the injured Joe Nemechek. He also ran seven Cup races late in the season for Morgan-McClure Motorsports, driving the No. 4 Kodak Chevy to three top-twenty finishes.

2002–2006Edit

 
Hamilton at Bristol Motor Speedway in August 2007

In 2002, Hamilton joined Team Rensi Motorsports to drive the No. 25 United States Marine Corps-sponsored Ford Taurus. He won his first career race at New Hampshire and finished eighth in points. He also had his first top-five finish in the Truck Series at Nashville Superspeedway, finishing seventh in his father's Square D entry. He had his statistically career-best season in 2003, where he won four Busch Series races and finished fourth in the final standings. He also partnered with Rensi to run some races at the Winston Cup level, his best finish being a 14th at Kansas Speedway in the No. 35 Marines Ford.

Hamilton returned to Rensi in 2004, but did not win a race. He competed in six Nextel Cup events for Phoenix Racing in the No. 09 Miccosukee Indian Gambling-sponsored Dodge, and had a best finish of seventeenth. He also drove three times in the Truck Series, winning a pole in his father's No. 04 truck, as well as running twice for HT Motorsports. After 23 Busch races, he left Rensi to move up to the Nextel level, driving the No. 32 Tide-sponsored Chevrolet for PPI Motorsports. He was given the full-time ride for 2005, but struggled immensely, failing to qualify three times and not finishing any higher than 11th. After driving two events in equipment leased from Front Row Motorsports, Hamilton was let go from PPI at the end of the season.

Without a full-time ride, Hamilton moved to the Truck Series, leasing equipment from the No. 08 team owned by Green Light Racing, and running with Corky's Ribs and BBQ sponsorship. After three races, it was announced that his father had been diagnosed with head and neck cancer, and Hamilton was deemed his replacement in the No. 18 Fastenal-sponsored Dodge. He won the pole in his first race in the truck, but only mustered a 16th-place finish in points, as well as dealing with conflicts within the family-run organization. His attempt to run the 2006 Allstate 400 at the Brickyard at the Cup level also failed.

Following his father's death on January 7, 2007, Hamilton was expected to take over ownership of the team; however, he was not part of the management named by the team's backers the following month.[1]

2007–presentEdit

 
Hamilton's #81 MacDonald Motorsports car in 2009

In 2007, Hamilton returned to the Busch Series and Team Rensi, this time driving the #35 McDonald's Ford. He had three top-ten finishes and finished sixth in the final standings. After his #35 team folded in 2008, he moved back to the #25 car with Smithfield Foods sponsoring for thirty races. Despite missing two road course events, Hamilton had two top-tens and finished fifteenth in points. The team was ready to close near the end of the season when Smithfield's sponsorship ended, but Hamilton funded the team out of his own pocket for the final few races of the season to keep the team going. He also purchased a small portion of the Sadler Brothers team for whom he had begun his career, allowing them to run a limited schedule in the Nationwide and ARCA RE/MAX Series.

Before the 2009 season, Hamilton purchased a small portion of Rensi Motorsports and merged his own operation with the team, forming the new Rensi-Hamilton Racing operation. The #25 team lacked the sponsorship to run Hamilton, and he subsequently drove Randy MacDonald's #81 Dodge for a limited schedule. Hamilton returned to the Truck Series in 2010 for Rick Ware and also ran at Nashville Superspeedway in 2011 with Ware in their #1 truck.

After two years away from major-league racing, Hamilton returned to the track in 2014, signing with Carter 2 Motorsports to drive the team's No. 40 Dodge full-time in the ARCA Racing Series;[2] however before his first race with the team, he was released.[3] In 2015, Hamilton resigned with Carter 2 Motorsports to compete in the 2015 ARCA season.

In 2016 Bobby started Hamilton-Hughes Racing, with none of the three cars entered at Daytona making the field. By the end of May, cars from Hamilton-Hughes Racing were no longer showing up to the track. Most recently Bobby is facing lawsuits from multiple drivers and the team has been evicted from its Russellville, KY shop.[4]

Other venturesEdit

Hamilton replaced his father in 2006 as co-host of "The Driver's Zone" on WGFX 104.5 The Zone in Nashville with Liz Hackett, the remarried widow of Davey Allison, who uses her first husband's surname on the radio show.[citation needed]

Hamilton and wife Stephanie own the Courthouse Cafe in Springfield, Tennessee.[citation needed]

In December 2009, Hamilton purchased Highland Rim Speedway, located in Ridgetop, Tennessee;[5] the track was where he had competed in his first race.[citation needed] In late 2010, Hamilton was accused of pulling a gun on a competitor at the track during a dispute; Hamilton stated he legally possessed the weapon and believed he was being threatened.[6] No charges were filed in the case.[7] In April 2011, Hamilton and fellow driver Chad Chaffin acquired a two-year contract for the rights to operate Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville, Tennessee.[8] In November 2011, however, they were found by the Nashville State Fair to be in default on their obligations,[9] and in April 2012, Hamilton was named in a lawsuit by Nashville for unpaid obligations related to the contract.[10] Hamilton had declared bankruptcy that January,[11] and the Highland Rim track was sold at public auction in February.[12]

Personal lifeEdit

Hamilton currently resides in White House, Tennessee, with his wife Stephanie and a daughter.

Motorsports career resultsEdit

NASCAREdit

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Nextel Cup SeriesEdit

NASCAR Nextel Cup Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 NNCC Pts
2000 Bobby Hamilton Racing 57 Chevy DAY CAR LVS ATL DAR BRI TEX MAR TAL CAL RCH CLT DOV MCH POC SON DAY NHA POC IND GLN MCH BRI DAR RCH NHA DOV MAR CLT TAL CAR PHO HOM
33
60th 134
Team SABCO 01 Chevy ATL
31
2001 Andy Petree Racing 33 Chevy DAY CAR LVS ATL DAR BRI TEX MAR TAL CAL RCH CLT
39
DOV
42
MCH
24
POC SON DAY CHI NHA POC IND GLN MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV KAN 47th 748
Morgan-McClure Motorsports 4 Chevy CLT
33
MAR TAL
14
PHO
38
CAR
17
HOM
35
ATL
15
NHA
37
2003 Team Rensi Motorsports 35 Ford DAY CAR LVS ATL
DNQ
DAR BRI TEX TAL MAR CAL RCH CLT DOV POC MCH SON DAY CHI NHA POC IND GLN MCH BRI DAR RCH NHA DOV TAL KAN
14
CLT MAR ATL
27
PHO CAR HOM 55th 264
2004 Phoenix Racing 09 Dodge DAY CAR LVS ATL DAR BRI TEX MAR TAL CAL RCH
17
CLT
42
DOV POC MCH SON DAY
42
CHI
41
NHA
19
POC IND GLN MCH
38
BRI 39th 1271
PPI Motorsports 32 Chevy CAL
38
RCH
11
NHA DOV
29
TAL
43
KAN
23
CLT
15
MAR
36
ATL
38
PHO
16
DAR
31
HOM
21
2005 DAY
35
CAL
20
LVS
11
ATL
38
BRI
39
MAR
40
TEX
39
PHO
35
TAL
40
DAR
30
RCH
36
CLT
DNQ
DOV
21
POC
23
MCH
31
SON DAY
38
CHI
21
NHA
28
POC
23
IND
39
GLN MCH
35
BRI
35
CAL
23
RCH
43
NHA
29
DOV
33
TAL
DNQ
KAN
43
CLT
41
MAR
30
ATL
DNQ
TEX
38
PHO
35
HOM
36
36th 2183
Front Row Motorsports TAL
20
ATL
39
2006 Bobby Hamilton Racing 04 Dodge DAY CAL LVS
DNQ
ATL BRI MAR TEX PHO TAL RCH DAR CLT DOV POC MCH SON DAY CHI NHA POC
DNQ
IND
DNQ
GLN MCH BRI CAL RCH NHA DOV KAN TAL CLT MAR ATL TEX PHO HOM NA -

Nationwide SeriesEdit

NASCAR Nationwide Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 NNSC Pts
1998 Sadler Brothers Racing 95 Pontiac DAY CAR LVS NSV DAR BRI TEX HCY TAL NHA NZH CLT DOV RCH PPR GLN MLW MYB CAL SBO IRP MCH BRI DAR RCH
DNQ
DOV CLT GTY CAR
37
ATL
20
HOM 83rd 160
1999 Chevy DAY
30
CAR
27
LVS
DNQ
ATL
DNQ
DAR
27
TEX
DNQ
NSV
DNQ
BRI TAL
33
CAL NHA RCH
DNQ
NZH CLT DOV SBO 39th 1351
HVP Motorsports 63 Chevy GLN
26
MLW
39
MYB
DNQ
PPR
21
GTY
28
IRP
42
MCH
23
BRI
DNQ
Carroll Racing 22 Chevy DAR
42
RCH
41
DOV
21
CLT
30
CAR
39
MEM
22
PHO
30
HOM
9
2000 26 DAY
28
CAR
21
LVS
41
ATL
38
DAR
30
BRI
36
TEX
29
NSV
19
TAL
4
CAL
35
RCH
14
NHA
11
CLT
23
DOV
37
SBO
14
MYB
18
GLN
21
MLW
13
NZH
33
PPR
17
GTY
19
IRP
24
MCH
18
BRI
38
DAR
43
RCH
33
DOV
13
CLT
7
CAR
25
MEM
7
PHO
24
HOM
22
19th 2968
2001 DAY
33
CAR
5
LVS
37
ATL
36
DAR
6
BRI
23
TEX
19
NSH
26
TAL
23
CAL
14
RCH
24
NHA
7
NZH
7
CLT
14
DOV
28
KEN
12
MLW
34
GLN
29
CHI
41
GTY
18
PPR
15
IRP
19
MCH
21
BRI
32
DAR
5
RCH
33
DOV
13
KAN
34
CLT
12
MEM
15
PHO
36
CAR
21
HOM
26
17th 3267
2002 Team Rensi Motorsports 25 Ford DAY
30
CAR
16
LVS
11
DAR
12
BRI
13
TEX
8
NSH
3
TAL
22
CAL
37
RCH
25*
NHA
1*
NZH
6
CLT
7
DOV
3
NSH
2
KEN
36
MLW
7
DAY
33
CHI
9
GTY
17
PPR
12
IRP
31
MCH
5
BRI
32
DAR
6
RCH
14
DOV
30
KAN
8
CLT
9
MEM
37
ATL
8
CAR
29
PHO
24
HOM
5
8th 4058
2003 DAY
7
CAR
13
LVS
34
DAR
12
BRI
6
TEX
40
TAL
35
NSH
10*
CAL
18
RCH
10
GTY
5
NZH
9
CLT
13
DOV
6
NSH
5
KEN
1*
MLW
10
DAY
22
CHI
1*
NHA
6
PPR
25
IRP
35
MCH
3
BRI
34
DAR
4
RCH
3
DOV
2
KAN
19
CLT
7
MEM
1
ATL
3
PHO
1*
CAR
3
HOM
3
4th 4588
2004 DAY
13
CAR
8
LVS
5
DAR
19
BRI
24
TEX
5
NSH
27
TAL
24
CAL
10
GTY
4
RCH
4
NZH
2*
CLT
13
DOV
4
NSH
23
KEN
28*
MLW
5
DAY
12
CHI
43
NHA
9
PPR
10
IRP
6
MCH
29
BRI CAL RCH DOV KAN CLT MEM ATL PHO DAR HOM 22nd 2896
2007 Team Rensi Motorsports 35 Ford DAY
24
CAL
29
MXC
17
LVS
14
ATL
24
BRI
18
NSH
9
TEX
14
PHO
34
TAL
12
RCH
22
DAR
20
CLT
33
DOV
10
NSH
13
KEN
36
MLW
13
NHA
20
DAY
12
CHI
29
GTY
13
IRP
13
CGV
24
GLN
22
MCH
27
BRI
12
CAL
21
RCH
16
DOV
12
KAN
20
CLT
16
MEM
38
TEX
14
PHO
24
HOM
8
6th 3667
2008 25 DAY
22
CAL
20
LVS
12
ATL
23
BRI
17
NSH
10
TEX
23
PHO
13
MXC TAL
3
RCH
17
DAR
30
CLT
18
DOV
14
NSH
30
KEN
21
MLW
15
NHA
16
DAY
15
CHI
19
GTY
20
IRP
14
CGV GLN
16
MCH
18
BRI
18
CAL
19
RCH
14
DOV
15
KAN
25
CLT
37
MEM
21
TEX
16
PHO
18
HOM
21
15th 3566
2009 MacDonald Motorsports 81 Dodge DAY CAL LVS BRI TEX NSH PHO TAL RCH DAR CLT DOV
15
NSH
14
KEN
27
MLW
19
NHA
29
DAY CHI GTY ATL
30
RCH
23
DOV
28
KAN CAL CLT MEM TEX PHO HOM 53rd 846
Rensi-Hamilton Motorsports 25 Ford IRP
22
IOW GLN MCH BRI CGV

Camping World Truck SeriesEdit

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 NCWTC Pts
2001 Bobby Hamilton Racing 4 Dodge DAY HOM MMR MAR GTY DAR PPR DOV TEX MEM MLW
33
KAN KEN NHA IRP NSH CIC NZH RCH SBO TEX LVS PHO CAL 126th -
2002 DAY DAR MAR GTY PPR DOV TEX MEM MLW KAN KEN NHA MCH IRP NSH
4
RCH TEX SBO LVS CAL PHO HOM 70th 165
2004 Bobby Hamilton Racing 04 Dodge DAY ATL MAR MFD CLT DOV TEX MEM MLW KAN KEN GTW MCH IRP NSH
4
BRI RCH NHA LVS CAL TEX 46th 395
HT Motorsports 59 Dodge MAR
9
PHO DAR
27
HOM
2006 Bobby Hamilton Racing 08 Dodge DAY
7
CAL
22
ATL
19
16th 2671
18 MAR
10
GTY
7
CLT
21
MFD
18
DOV
13
TEX
25
MCH
28
MLW
31
KAN
15
KEN
24
MEM
35
IRP
31
NSH
13
BRI
9
NHA
26
LVS
26
TAL
13
MAR
32
ATL
9
TEX
12
PHO
32
HOM
4
2010 Rick Ware Racing 6 Chevy DAY ATL MAR NSH KAN DOV CLT TEX MCH IOW GTW IRP POC
32
NSH
24
DAR 42nd 679
47 BRI
13
CHI KEN NHA
10
LVS MAR TAL TEX
13
PHO
10
HOM
2011 1 DAY PHO DAR MAR NSH
22
DOV CLT KAN TEX KEN IOW NSH IRP POC MCH BRI ATL CHI NHA KEN LVS TAL MAR TEX HOM 64th 22

* Season still in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. ^ "Bobby Hamilton Racing Announces New Management Team At Daytona". Bobby Hamilton Racing. February 15, 2007. Archived from the original on August 18, 2013. Retrieved 2014-02-28.
  2. ^ Inabinett, Mark (February 27, 2014). "Former NASCAR driver returning to racing at ARCA Mobile 200". Press-Register. Mobile, AL. Retrieved 2014-02-28.
  3. ^ "Carter 2 Motorsports Ends Relationship with Bobby Hamilton Jr". Catchfence.com. March 19, 2014. Retrieved 2014-03-20.
  4. ^ Shelton, Joseph (August 24, 2016). "Former NASCAR Driver Facing Lawsuit". SpeedwayMedia.com. Retrieved 24 September 2016.
  5. ^ "Bobby Hamilton Jr. buys Tennessee track". The Charlotte Observer. Charlotte, NC. December 4, 2009. Archived from the original on March 3, 2014. Retrieved 2014-02-28.
  6. ^ Bromberg, Nick (November 30, 2010). "Bobby Hamilton Jr. in dispute involving a gun at his short track". From the Marbles. Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved 2014-02-28.
  7. ^ "Report: Hamilton Jr. pulls gun in dispute". Fox Sports. November 30, 2010. Retrieved 2014-02-28.
  8. ^ Caraviello, David (April 23, 2011). "For original Nashville track, race now is one for survival". NASCAR.com. Turner Sports. Retrieved 2014-02-28.
  9. ^ Garrison, Joey (November 1, 2011). "Fair board to consider new racing operators after contract breach". The City Paper. Nashville, TN. Retrieved 2014-02-28.
  10. ^ Garrison, Joey (April 9, 2012). "Ex-fairgrounds racing operator 'blindsided' by Metro lawsuit". The City Paper. Nashville, TN. Retrieved 2014-02-28.
  11. ^ "Bobby Hamilton Jr. files for bankruptcy". CBS Sports. January 11, 2012. Archived from the original on September 24, 2015. Retrieved 2014-02-28.
  12. ^ Miller, Eric (February 3, 2012). "Highland Rim Speedway sold in foreclosure auction". Robertson County Times. Springfield, TN. Retrieved 2014-02-28.

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