Bobby Hamilton Jr. Returns To Professional Racing Circuit (A Smokey Exclusive)

If I’m running second and there’s someone in front of me, it’s GAME ON
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Smokey Barn News
Thursday Feb. 27 2014
Springfield, TN

Bobby Hamilton Jr. Returns To Professional Racing Circuit

(A Smokey Exclusive)

An older, wiser and more aggressive Bobby Hamilton Jr. is about to hit the track again.

Bobby Hamilton Jr (the son of the late Bobby Hamilton Sr. and local Robertson County Resident) has been out of the professional racing circuit for a few years now, and in that time he’s had the opportunity to figure some things out.

Bobby5First lets do the technical stuff, Bobby has picked up a new sponsor. Cherokee Charcoal has decided to completely fund Bobby’s racing team. They have had a relationship for a while but this time they’re sponsoring the whole car..

It’s going to be a ground up, Bobby says. “Now its about finding good people and building race cars.” Cherokee Charcoal is treating him right so he will have some good cars as he steps back into the racing circuit. Bobby says he’s farming out some of the builds until they get caught up. He says to be race-ready they’ll need about seven cars to the tune of about $700,000 to $800,000.

ARCA Racing Series is right below NASCAR, their races are televised so we can all enjoy the action on TV. Bobby’s first race will be March 22 in Mobile Alabama, he’s going to be using Dodge Avengers.

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Bobby and daughter Haylie


Bobby’s been off the racing circuit for about 5 years now, I asked him how it feels to be jumping back in behind the wheel. “Being behind the wheel doesn’t make me nervous, getting back in doesn’t make me nervous, been there done that. What makes me nervous now is (and this may seem silly Bobby says) but my daughter Haylie was a baby when I was running Cup and Truck, so she doesn’t really remember a whole lot about it. Now she’s really into it and she’s excited. I find myself more nervous about her expectations (as he chuckled) I can’t finish 10th or 20th, what would she say?” It was clear to me that Bobby’s not just racing for Cherokee Charcoal, he’s racing for his daughter Haylie too.

Normally when I raced it was for the money, it was for my career, I had all these different angles, now all that stuff is gone, now Haylie’s expectations seem to be more important, I want to be something she’s proud of.

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Bobby Hamilton Sr departs wisdom to son Bobby Hamilton Jr

I asked Bobby what part his late father Bobby Hamilton Sr was playing as he stepped back onto the track. ” I think it was good to step out and learn more about life outside of racing. At one time everything revolved around racing. After being off the circuit for a while I just kind of found life. After we signed the deal with Cherokee Charcoal I felt at ease. I know this is corny but it was almost like he (Bobby Hamilton Sr.) was beside me saying –OK, now, lets get back to business” Bobby went on to say “No matter what the situation was, I was always able to turn back to him and say, what about this, this or this? Of course he hasn’t been here so now I find myself asking, what would he say or what would he think?”

bobby I asked Bobby what kind of a competitor he’s going to be now, what can the other drivers expect from him. If they went head to head with him 4 or 5 years ago, will they notice a difference? “Well, I think the older I get the shorter my temper gets, that’s not good for them. I have gained patience too but its the kind of patience that lets you see your opening and make your move. They’ve always said I was pretty rough or whatever but now it’s all business, its time to go. I feel like this is my last shot, I’ve got things to do, I have things to prove.

If I’m running second and there’s someone in front of me, it’s GAME ON, they should expect the worst. I’m not there to run Bobby1second, I’m not there to run 5th, I’m there to win the race, that’s what I get paid to do. Being out of the professional circuit and seeing it all from a distance, having a chance to study the sport and study the other drivers has cleared my head and I’m more hungry now then I’ve ever been. I hate saying it like that but I’m there to do one thing, I’m there to beat you. It took years of hard work with my dad, it’s taken years of hard work with me.

After chatting with Bobby I walked away thinking Bobby’s perhaps a little older, a little wiser and definitely¬†ready to hit the track. I for one am looking forward to seeing the new Bobby in action. How about you?

Bobby started racing professionally in 1996

Jim Ball reporting
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  1. Kentucky Downs

    I heard Junior has been doing some jockey training up at Kentucky downs. Junior belongs behind the reigns of a thoroughbred. if things do not work out give us a call up in Franklin as I think you would probably be a great jockey.

  2. Bobby Hamilton = Bankrupt Artist

    I wonder if he will pay back all those creditors he bankrupted on a couple years ago? I guess someone better get a gas pedal extension and a couple of phone books so he can touch the pedals and see over the steering wheel. I heard he had a cameo appearance on “big people little world.” Self proclaimed as the “biggest thing that ever happened to Springfield robertson county.” Humble…. Are your kidding me.

    I guess if you are a redneck nascar fan this may be good news. I think this is like playing minor league ball for a farm team in a small town as arca racing is like the third teir of stock car races.

    • Chuck

      TRASH=NO CREDIT TO BANKRUPT ON
      What do you do? You don’t even make the list of people he might have owed an autograph and didn’t have time to sign, much less be one of the creditors you speak of do you?
      But your humble, your comment says it all. Referring to Arca as a bottom tier in racing. Just as you’re probably quick to label the local pothead worthless because you’re tweaked out. Call me crazy but if you’ve got someone willing to invest $800,000 in you, it’s not just to piss the rest of Robertson county off… Bobby will work hard for it this time, he has no choice… Just as his daddy did, he had no choice. You know they hated on him even in the 80’s ha, banned him from highland rim(of all places) for standing up for himself and his desire to win. Tell me how many cup races a Chaffin or a Binkley ever ran, much less won. If you were there at the track that night you know what I’m talking about, I was 10 yrs old at the most. I didn’t know him personally but I know how hard he worked at the shop and the track, my dad would drive me by the shop once a week, fairgrounds on sat night and by luck I was at all his cup wins. He’s proof hard work and desire are enough….Jr may not have had to work as hard or ever even had the desire before, but now he’s seen the good, took the bad, nowhere to go but up, it’s in his blood. Go get em Jr, even if you have to imagine your in that white Monte Carlo!