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Rookie Hamlin taking Nextel Cup pressure in stride

Updated: July 7, 2006, 5:43 PM ET
By Rupen Fofaria | Special to ESPN.com

Pressure is watching your parents remortgage their home and sell their prized possessions, just praying that your childhood dreams were more than a passing infatuation.

Pressure is running out of money to keep racing and depending on an outsider for help. Pressure is knowing that if you didn't perform right away, the outside help would leave, too, and you'd be penniless and would have to give up your dream.

Fighting for fear of never again getting to do what you love, that's ...

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