Biffle To Sub For Hamilton

RICHMOND, Va. – Never again will Bobby Hamilton drive in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.

Hamilton was injured in the Virginia is for Lovers 200 at Richmond International Raceway, and will miss at least three Winston Cup races while he recovers. Greg Biffle will drive Hamilton’s No. 55 Andy Petree Racing Chevrolet in this weekend’s Chevrolet Monte Carlo 400, with the other races to be determined.

What has already been determined is Hamilton’s status in the NCTS.

“I won’t run my truck again – not because I don’t want to but because my wife told me I couldn’t,” Hamilton said.

That declaration came down in the infield care center Thursday night.

“She walked in there, and I said, ‘I’m sorry,’ ” Hamilton said. “She said, ‘You damn right you’re sorry. That ain’t going to happen again.’ ”

Hamilton broke his right shoulder blade and cracked his left wrist. He appeared at RIR on Friday with his right arm in a sling. But he said he was feeling fine.

“I feel real good,” Hamilton said. “My left leg’s hurting a little bit. Usually, the way my body is, about two days after is when I feel the maximum pain.

“They’ve got me on some pretty good drugs. I slept through one term of them last night and didn’t have to take them. I slept all night.”

Hamilton and David Starr got together going into Turn 1. Hamilton initially thought Starr then came down on him in the turn, but Hamilton said his right-front tire was flat from the first contact. Hamilton then shot into the wall.

“That isn’t what hurt,” Hamilton said. “When I came off the wall, there was like three trucks hit me. That’s what hurt me.”

Hamilton said doctors told him recovery would take three to six weeks.

“I’m not going to push the envelope,” Hamilton said. “My main concern is keeping that car up in the points, owner-wise. I want the race team to get the best they can get to keep it up in owners points so Andy will have something for next year.”

Hamilton doesn’t plan to be around in the No. 55 car next season, but he doesn’t have anything concrete yet.

“I don’t really know anything,” Hamilton said. “I’ve talked to two, three owners that I’m real interested in. … It’s still early for me, it’s still early for a lot of owners. Rudd was the start of the domino. Of course, it’s going to be me and Schrader next. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens. To this point, I’m not real worried about it.”

Biffle, who leads the Busch Series points standings heading into tonight’s Funai 250 at Richmond, has one career Winston Cup starts to his credit, finishing 13th at California in April. He failed to qualify for the Daytona 500 in February and the Pepsi 400 at Michigan in August.

Biffle will make the jump full-time to Winston Cup next season with Roush Racing in the No. 16 Ford.

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