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Drivers remember Hamilton as tough competitor

Updated: January 9, 2007, 11:59 AM ET

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Bobby Hamilton parked the car after practice in 2001, headed to the truck and started changing clothes. His crew chief followed him, wanting to know if he needed to change anything before the Talladega 500.

"He said no and asked me if the race motor was a little better," Jimmy Elledge recalled Monday. "I told him it had a couple more horsepower and he said we'd be fine. You had to pry it out of him, but he knew we were going to be good and we won the race the ...

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