Hamilton, Bodine land 2001 seats

NASCAR journeymen Bobby Hamilton and Brett Bodine have both secured Winston Cup seats for the 2001 season

Hamilton, Bodine land 2001 seats

Hamilton, who will be released from the Morgan-McClure squad at the end of the season will drive for Andy Petree Racing as team mate to Joe Nemecheck. The Nashville native replaces Kenny Wallace in the team's Square D-backed Chevrolet Monte Carlo.

"I'm using this opportunity as a fresh start to continue my racing career," said the 43-year-old Hamilton, who scored one win with Morgan-McClure in 1998, but currently lies 30th in the Winston Cup standings. "I know I have the skills to return to victory lane - I've proven that in the past. But in Winston Cup, being a good driver isn't enough and you need the total package to be competitive."

Bodine will replace three-time Winston Cup champion Darrell Waltrip at Haas-Carter Motorsports. Bodine, who is currently fourth in the NASCAR Busch Series standings, has yet to win a Winston Cup race during a sporadic career in NASCAR's premier series. Waltrip, meanwhile, is retiring from driving and will concentrate on his role as TV commentator with Fox Sports.

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