The Frontstretch: Bobby Hamilton Succumbs to Cancer by Ren Jonsin -- Sunday January 7, 2007

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Bobby Hamilton Succumbs to Cancer

Ren Jonsin · Sunday January 7, 2007


Bobby Hamilton after winning 2004 Toyota Tundra 200 at Nashville SpeedwayThe AP is reporting that 2004 Craftsman Truck Champion, Bobby Hamilton, died today, Sunday, January 7th, of cancer.

Family friend Liz Allison, who is the widow of NASCAR star Davey Allison and co-hosted a radio show with Hamilton, reported that Hamilton was at home with his family when he died.

Hamilton was diagnosed with head and neck cancer in February, 2006, after a malignant growth was found when swelling from dental surgery did not go down.

He raced in the first three events of the Craftsman Truck season before turning over the driving duties to his son, Bobby Hamilton Jr, at Bristol in March.

The senior Hamilton returned to work at Bobby Hamilton Racing in August after doctors indicated that the CAT scans looked good, But microscopic cancer cells remained on the right side of his neck.

Hamilton’s best season in Nextel Cup racing was in 1996 when he finished ninth in the standings while recording his first win in the Nextel Cup series at Phoenix. In addition to the Phoenix win, Hamilton took the checkers at Talladega, He recorded wins at Talladega, Rockingham and Martinsville.

Hamilton was 49,

The Frontstretch would like to send their condolences to the family and friends of Bobby Hamilton.

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01/07/2007 08:46 PM

RIP Bobby.
About the only thing he couldn’t whip was cancer. And that’s only because he couldn’t see it. One Tuff Dude!

01/07/2007 09:17 PM

My condolences to the Hamilton Family. Bobby was one of the nicest people in the garage area. He never met a stranger, he appreciated everyone and was a genuine nice guy. Bobby was a true winner!

Godspeed and St. Peter has the checkered flag out for you, Bobby. You will be sadly missed.

01/07/2007 09:27 PM

My thoughts and prayers to The Hamilton Family, His Friends, teammates and fans.
Bobby is probably racing tonight in The “Heaven 500” with many of his ole friends. He was an inspiration to many and he will be truly missed.


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