Hamilton back on one track, might buy another

Wednesday, August 4, 2010 at 8:41pm
Larry Woody

Bobby Hamilton Jr. will continue his racing revival in Saturday’s NASCAR truck race at Nashville Superspeedway, and will do so with an eye on expanding his track holdings by buying Riverview Raceway in Carthage.

“It’s a busy summer,” quipped Hamilton, a fourth-generation Nashville racer who last year bought Highland Rim Speedway in Ridgetop, Tenn.

Having been absent from driving for awhile, Hamilton made his return last Saturday at Pocono, Pa., in the NASCAR Camping World Series. He is driving a limited schedule for a North Carolina-based team.

“It’s good to be back, and it’ll be especially fun to race on my home track,” Hamilton said. “I knew that I’d return eventually, as soon as I got the opportunity.”

As for buying the Carthage track: “We’ve been talking to some people and I think it’ll happen,” he said.

Riverview Raceway is similar to Highland Rim, an asphalt oval famous for its close-quarter racing. It has gone through various ownerships over the years and is currently sitting idle.

Hamilton said if he buys Riverview he won’t open it until next season and will run on Friday or Sunday to avoid conflicting with Highland Rim’s Saturday schedule.

Hamilton hopes to draw displaced fans and drivers following Fairgrounds Speedway’s anticipated closing at the end of the year.

Meanwhile he would like to expand his currently-dormant Hamilton Racing team into a truck series operation and also field some Nationwide Series cars.

“Right now it’s a buyer’s market,” he said, referring to race teams and race tracks. “It’s a good time to get in.”

Hamilton last year bought Sadler Racing in Nashville and merged it with his Springfield-based Hamilton Racing. His late father built a team in Mt. Juliet and as an owner/driver and won the NASCAR truck championship in 2004.

“It would be pretty special to follow in my dad’s footsteps,” Hamilton Jr. said. “That’s always been my ambition.”

SATURDAY’S SUPERSPEEDWAY SCHEDULE

9 a.m.: parking lots open
9:30 a.m.:  Fan Walk opens
10 a.m.: practice
4:05 p.m.: qualifying
6 p.m.: All Access gates open
8 p.m.: NASCAR Camping World Series (live on Speed TV)
post-race concert by Dillon Transportation

Tickets available at 1-866-RACE-TIX and at the gates up to race time