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By Hartsville Vidette Staff Reporter

Bobby Hamilton Jr, coming off a top-10 finish at Atlanta, and teammate Chase Miller head for Texas and Friday’s Silverado 350K race.
As a Busch Series driver, Hamilton Jr. has a top-five and two top-10 finishes at the 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway. He finished 25th in the spring Craftsman Truck Series race here.
“We almost won there in the Busch car,” Hamilton Jr. said. “It’s one of our favorite tracks. We’re looking forward to going there in the truck because it’s one of those wide-open racetracks. We’ll get the (No. 18) Fastenal Dodge low and get it driving good, and it ought to be fast.
“Texas is a really forgiving racetrack. You can get two or three wide there – at least the last time I was there you could. I don’t know if they’ve done anything different with tires. Overall it’s a real, real aggressive and fast racetrack, so it makes it fun to drive the truck there.”
Miller, who recently joined Mt. Juliet-based Bobby Hamilton Racing, qualified fourth at Atlanta before a wreck relegated him to a 33rd-place finish.
“My whole career, I’ve raced in traveling series,” Miller said of his early Truck Series success. “I never stayed at one place to run for a track championship like so many drivers do. I think that has helped me be much more competitive faster.
“In a way, it’s surprising we’re doing so well so early, but in the back of my mind, I expected this. I expect to go out and win races. It’s really nothing less than what I expect from myself.”
This is Miller’s first trip to the Texas track.
“So practice will be valuable to me,” Miller said. “I have talked to several drivers in the series and they say it’s a lot like Las Vegas and Atlanta. I qualified well at both of those tracks, but did not have the finishes I hoped for. You always have the ‘third time’s the charm’ and I am hoping that comes true with me this weekend.
“Our plan was to take our primary from Atlanta to Texas, but that went out the window when I wrecked. I have never raced this chassis before, but my crew chief (Marcus Richmond) tells me she is as good as Demon was. I guess we will wait and see.”
Qualifying is set for 7 p.m. Thursday with the race going green at 9 p.m. Friday. The 146-lapper will be televised live on Speed.