MT. JULIET, Tennessee -- Effective immediately, Brian Rose has been released from the No. 4 Bobby Hamilton Racing Dodge Team. Owner, Bobby Hamilton will take over the driving duties for this weekend's event at Indianapolis Raceway Park and the Power Stroke 200.
Unfortunately, with the financial needs of the team, Hamilton had to rethink his current driver lineup for the remainder of the year.
"We tried really hard to work something out so Brian (Rose) could stay in the truck, but it just reached a point where I had to make a tough decision," said Hamilton. "I've been forced to make some changes in the organization. Square D said they would love to be on the No. 4 truck if I drove it, so it just made since for me to race it this race. I'm not sure what our plan is for next week, but we have a lot of things to look at before a decision needs to be made."
Hamilton raced at Indianapolis Raceway Park last year, finishing fourth in the 200-lap event. It will be Hamilton's first start in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series this season. Hamilton does have 22 starts in the series, during which time he has recorded two wins, five top fives, and eight top tens. His last win came at Darlington Speedway in May of 2001.
"We're in kind of a bind," said Hamilton. "The thing that bothers me the most is that I really feel like Brian (Rose) has a great deal of talent and can make somebody a really good racecar driver."
Bobby Hamilton Racing will still field the No. 8 Dodge Motorsports truck for Bill Lester and the No. 18 Dickies Square D Dodge for Robert Pressley.
"This will not affect the rest of the organization," said Hamilton. "We still have a championship to contend for with Robert (Pressley), and a rookie title to try and win with Bill (Lester)."