If at first you don’t succeed, try again.
That’s the case with Bobby Hamilton Jr. and Carter 2 Motorsports, who have joined forces for Hamilton to return to racing with a full-time effort on the ARCA Series in the 2015 season.
Hamilton and Carter 2 attempted to put together a similar deal for the 2014 season, but the effort fell short. Not this year, however.
“We are so excited to have (Hamilton) for the entire 2015 season,” team owner Roger Carter said in a team media release. “I have worked together with him in the 1990s, and he is so much fun to work with.
“We also believe he will be a great mentor to our younger drivers this season. He is a total asset to our team and the direction we are headed this season.”
Hamilton, who turned 37 on Jan. 8, has not competed in a NASCAR event since 2011, when he took part in one Camping World Truck Series event.
While he’s raced in all three of NASCAR’s major touring series, including 64 starts in the Sprint Cup Series and 37 in the Truck Series, Hamilton is known primarily for what he did in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. In 253 career starts, he earned five wins, as well as 30 top-5 and 63 top-10 finishes, along with four pole awards.
His last ARCA participation was in 1999.
According to The Tennessean newspaper, Hamilton has kept himself busy the last few years. In 2009, he bought Highland Rim Speedway and then in 2011 secured a two-year contract to run races at Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville, Tenn.
Hamilton will drive the No. 97 Nitroforce Industries / Titan 1000 Dodge in the 2015 ARCA season. Carter 2 Motorsports is headquartered in Asheboro, N.C.
In addition to Hamilton’s ride, Carter 2 Motorsports will field two other full-time cars in the ARCA Series, the No. 40 and No. 95 Dodge Chargers, driven by a number of different drivers.
Prior to last year’s deal falling through, Hamilton looked forward to running in ARCA and made comments then that will apply to 2015, as well.
“I’ve always liked running in ARCA,” Hamilton said last year. “Plus, I love the old school car that’s run in the series. I’m also thrilled to be going back to some of the historic short-tracks that ARCA runs on.
“It’s a great series with a bunch of competitive teams. “I would love to finish in the top-10 in driver points for (2015). I want to run the series until I retire and hopefully score a bunch of victories along the way. ARCA brings my career full-circle. It’s sort of like going back home.”
Hamilton is the son of 2004 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion, Bobby Hamilton Sr., who passed away following a year-long battle with cancer in 2007.
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