Bobby Hamilton Racing Team Members Learn There is More to Life Than Winning Mt. Juliet, Tenn. (3/7/2007) - The following words hang on the team bulletin board at Bobby Hamilton Racing as inspiration to those who walk through the doors every ...
Bobby Hamilton Racing Team Members Learn There is More to Life Than Winning
Mt. Juliet, Tenn. (3/7/2007) - The following words hang on the team bulletin board at Bobby Hamilton Racing as inspiration to those who walk through the doors every morning: "The purpose of life is not to win. The purpose of life is to grow and to share. When you come to look back on all that you've done in life, you will get more satisfaction from the pleasure you have brought into other people's lives than you will from times that you outdid them and defeated them."
With the recent passing of Bobby Hamilton Sr. in January from cancer, the BHR stable has experienced first hand the hard lessons of life outside of racing. The team he left behind is not only dedicated to racing the 2007 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series in his memory, but to give back to others fighting cancer.On Monday, several team members loaded up and made the journey to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and the Ronald McDonald House (RMH) in Memphis, Tenn. to visit with children battling the disease and to ask the questions about the disease that they were uncomfortable asking their late owner.The team received a behind the scenes tour of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital that morning including the chemotherapy room, research facility, and blood donation center.
"It's given each of us a better picture of what goes on at the hospital," said Tony Pinkleton, a right front tire changer for the No.18 Fastenal Dodge, who was also a member of Hamilton's 2004 NCTS championship. I had no idea what Bobby went through or what the process was until I stepped into St. Jude this morning, and I think all of us were in the same boat. You don't ever want to think about things like this, but it helps us realize what we could be doing to help out."
After touring the hospital the team made their way to the RMH facility located across the street. The RMH is a free home-away-from-home for 51 families who are receiving treatments at the hospital. After a brief lunch with a four-year-old cancer patient and her mom, the team spent time painting wooden race cars with the kids and taking part in wagon races outside.
"I came to BHR late last year and I really didn't have a good opportunity to get to know Bobby as well as everyone else," said Chase Miller, driver of the No. 4 Open Joist Dodge. "We all know he's in a better place and not in pain anymore. We are going to work our hardest to run up front and help continue Bobby's dream on and off the track."