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Hamilton always made tough situations better

Bobby Hamilton had a tough upbringing and never did get the big break in NASCAR. He still made the best of it, and that's why the 2004 Truck champion and four-time winner on the Cup circuit will be missed by so many, writes Terry Blount.

Updated: January 9, 2007, 11:59 AM ET
By Terry Blount | ESPN.com

Bobby Hamilton once jumped out of a plane while it was landing.

"Nothing came easy for Bobby. But he overcame it all and became a success at every level. My goodness, I'm going to miss him." -- Andy Petree

Former NASCAR team owner Andy Petree loves relaying the story Bobby told him about that day.

"It was a little prop plane and they had some trouble with the landing gear," Petree said. "It was just Bobby and the pilot. Bobby had to do something manually to try to get ...

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