Kevin Hamlin to Drive No. 40 Fastenal Dodge at Memphis
CONCORD, N.C. (October 17, 2008) – Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS) announced today Kevin Hamlin will drive the No.40 Fastenal Dodge at the Memphis Motorsports Park next weekend in the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) Kroger On Track for The Cure 250 presented by the Southern Dodge Dealers race.
Fifth Man to Take the Wheel: Hamlin – a 29-year-old native of Snohomish, Wash. – will be the fifth different driver to climb behind the wheel of the Fastenal Dodge this 2008 season. He is a member of the Fastenal Team of Drivers which has included Bryan Clauson, Dario Franchitti, Scott Pruett and Reed Sorenson.
Just to Recap this Year: Hamlin has spent the majority of this year serving as a test driver and spotter for CGRFS. He has recorded two NNS starts so far this season, driving for Pat MacDonald during both efforts in the No.81 Dodge. He first drove for MacDonald at Auto Club Speedway this past August and then more recently at Dover International Speedway this past September. Both runs resulted in top-25 finishes.
A Little Bit about His Career: Hamlin made his career-first Nationwide Series start at Pikes Peak International Raceway in July 2005 (finished 17th) and signed up to be part of the CGRFS Driver Development Program later that same year. In just 24 NNS runs to-date, Hamlin currently holds a career-best 10th-place start (July 2005) and seventh-place finish (July 2007). Both have resulted out of Gateway International Raceway efforts.
Current Standings: The No.40 Fastenal Dodge Team is currently 20th in the NNS owner standings. With a current tally of 3,243, the team is 338 points away from the top 15. Altogether, the Fastenal Drivers and crew have grabbed three poles, three top-five and three top-10 finishes throughout the 2008 season.
The Memphis NNS is scheduled to start at 3:30 pm ET Saturday, October 25, and will broadcast live on ESPN Classic.