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Hamilton Jr. crushes field at Chicagoland

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Joliet, IL (Sports Network) - Twenty-five year old . dominated the Tropicana Twister 300, leading 186 of 200 laps, to capture the Busch Series race by 4.503 seconds over runner-up . The winning margin was the largest of the season in the Busch Series. The victory was Hamilton's second of the season and third of his Busch career. It was the second in four races for Hamilton since Harold Holly took over as the No.25 Chevrolet team's crew chief. "What an awesome job by . and this team," said Holly. "The guys have been working 10-12 hours a day, whatever it takes to get it done. Their will to win is second to none." When asked how he would have caught Hamilton Jr., Kenseth said simply, 'a rocket booster.' "At least we won't have to hear about 'Cup' guys beating up on Busch drivers anymore," said Winston Cup points leader Kenseth. "The No.25 car was in a race by himself." , pole winner and completed the top- five. Only the first five cars finished on the lead lap as Hamilton Jr. set a Busch Series record 129.730 m.p.h. average speed for the 300-mile race. The only time Hamilton Jr. wasn't in the lead was during green-flag pit stops. , who finished seventh, expanded his lead over to 23 points (2,591-2,568). Jr. is third (2,534), followed by Vickers (2,522) and (2,511). The next race in the Busch Series championship, the New England 200, is scheduled for Saturday, July 19th.

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