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Hamilton left plan in place for race team to follow

Bobby Hamilton was a hands-on owner, and that continued into his final days. Despite the defection of Hamilton's son, Bobby Jr., the two-car truck team is carrying on, writes Marty Smith.

Updated: February 8, 2007, 1:01 PM ET
By Marty Smith | ESPN.com

The day before Bobby Hamilton died was a happy one.

"It's emotional and hard, but I feel closest to him here. I know it makes him smile." -- Lori Hamilton

He rested on the couch at home, watching an Elvis documentary on television, tapping his foot to the beat of the good songs, shaking an ol' ornery finger in disapproval of the ones he didn't like.

He'd battled head and neck cancer for an entire year but was in great spirits. He never lost that dogged determination ...

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