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URL: http://riceornot.ricecop.com/?auto=59267
Submitted by: DiRF
Comments: 4  (Read/Post)     Favorites: 0  (View)
Submitted on: 01-07-2007
View Stats Category: Vehicle Misc
Bobby Hamilton, 1991 Nascar Winston Cup Rookie of the Year and 2004 Craftsman Truck Series Champion, has passed away. 1957-2007.

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1-07-2007 @ 07:02:06 PM
Posted By : DiRF  Reply | Edit | Del
He got his start in Nascar as a stunt-driver for the movie Days of Thunder... when they actually entered the movie cars in races to get some racing shots, the cars had to be legal and qualify for the races on time... during the Phoenix race when they were shooting, Bobby was battling for the win in the race, but Nascar black flagged him to make sure there wouldn't be any conflict over a "movie car" winning the race.

With his success on the track as a simple stunt-driver, he got his shot and won the Rookie of the Year status in the Country Time Lemonade car... then after a few years, he got a ride in the famous Petty #43 car and in 1996 gave Petty Enterprises its first victory since 1983 (Richard Petty's 1984 Firecracker 400 victory was when his car was technically owned by Mike Curb, and not by Petty himself)... after his second win in 1997 for the Pettys, he then went to the Morgan McClure Kodak team and recorded a victory for them also...

1-07-2007 @ 07:02:12 PM
Posted By : DiRF  Reply | Edit | Del
Then he travelled to the under-funded and independent Andy Petree Square D team and shocked the Nascar world with a win at Talladega in 2001.

After Square D decided they didn't want to support an expensive Winston Cup team anymore, he decided to race in the Craftsman Truck Series for his own team, Bobby Hamilton Racing, which had been competing in the Truck Series since the '90s... Since it would be cheaper to sponsor his truck team, Square D followed him, and in 2004, Bobby had a fantastic season, and gave Dodge it's first Championship in a National Nascar Touring Series since 1975.

In early 2006, he announced that he had been diagnosed with cancer, and would transfer driving duties to his son, Bobby Jr., and would try to come back as a driver in late 2006... he never did. Things were looking up for him, according to recent news reports, so his death was a real shock to me.

1-07-2007 @ 07:32:24 PM
Posted By : Subourbon187 Reply | Edit | Del
Cancer is a shitty shitty thing

1-08-2007 @ 07:01:17 AM
Posted By : Sensekhmet Reply | Edit | Del
#3, Yeah, just ask Richard Burns *lights a candle*

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