Dominant Hamilton captures Martinsville

Monday, April 20, 1998 – A dominant performance by Bobby Hamilton in the Goody’s Headache Powder 500 resulted in the fourth career victory for the Nashville, Tenn., native and the 14th NASCAR premier series win for Morgan-McClure Motorsports. Hamilton led 378 of the 500 laps in a race that had been run a day later than originally scheduled due to rain. Ted Musgrave, Dale Jarrett, Dale Earnhardt and Randy LaJoie completed the top five.

Hamilton would go on to score one more Cup victory, at Talladega Superspeedway in 2001 while driving for team owner Andy Petree. By 2003 he had shifted his focus to the Craftsman Truck Series where he won 10 races and the 2004 series championship. He died Jan. 7, 2007, less than a year after announcing he had been diagnosed with head and neck cancer.

The Martinsville victory was the final premier series win for the Abingdon, Va.-based Morgan-McClure Motorsports team. Hamilton became the third driver to win for the organization, joining Ernie Irvan (seven wins) and Sterling Marlin (6).

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