Quotes from Sterling Marlin, Joe Nemechek, and Mark Martin regarding the passing of Bobby Hamilton
Marlin is a Tennessee native and a good friend of Hamilton
"Bobby was a great guy and a good friend. This sport is really going to miss him. He was a hard, clean racer and a really talented driver. We started racing right about the same time and he was a fierce competitor. He knew what he wanted to do and he made it happen.
"But at the same time he'd give anyone the shirt off his back. He was a sincere man that genuinelycared about people.
"We flew a lot of miles together to and from races and test sessions and made some good memories together. Everyone in the racing world will miss him."
Nemechek was teammates with Hamilton at Andy Petree Racing from 2000-2001
"It's hard to put into words how you feel when something like this happens. It's just hard to believe. It seems like yesterday I was helping to push Bobby to victory at Talladega back in '01.
"It hits close to home when something like this happens. It's like when I lost my brother--anytime you're close to someone and you know them well it just makes your heart hurt.
"Bobby was a heck of a race car driver. He was a family man and loved his kids and his grand kids.
"It's a sad time. He'll be missed, but we'll keep him in our thoughts and prayers."
"Bobby was one of the most down to earth people that I have ever been around. He treated everyone the same no matter who you were or what you did. He was just a really good guy.
"He was a very unique person and he was a great competitor on the race track, and it's just a huge loss for everyone in the racing family and our thoughts are prayers are with his family at this time."