Mansfield Motorsports Park Mourns the Loss of 2005 Ohio 250 Winner Bobby Hamilton

Mansfield Motorsports Park offers condolences to the family and friends of 2004 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champion Bobby Hamilton, who succumbed to cancer Sunday January 7. Hamilton was a ten-time winner in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and earned his final checkered flag as a driver in the 2005 Ohio 250 at Mansfield.

"We are very saddened at this news," said MMP owner Mike Dzurilla. "Bobby was a class act. He loved short track racing and was always very complimentary of Mansfield Motorsports Park. Our hearts go out to his family. This must be a trying time for them. He was a great champion and he will be missed."

"I was shocked when I heard we'd lost Bobby," said MMP president and oval track general manager Chris Mize. "He had won races in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series, but he seemed to enjoy his win here at Mansfield as much as any he'd ever had. I never thought that would have been his final win. Even after he announced he had cancer, I thought he would find a way back into the seat and get back into the winner's circle."

MMP will likely hold a tribute to Hamilton during the track's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race weekend on May 25 and 26, although at this early time those details are still to be finalized.

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