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Date: 26 May 2001
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My sincerest apologies for not sending you my condolences until now. Tonys passing came at a time when my own battle started with a bone marrow disease.
I knew Tony from ASA and spent many weekends around him at the various tracks. As the owner of a marketing and PR firm, I must say I was impressed with Tony from the first time we met. We formed a happy aquaintance then and I always enjoyed seeing Tony the following weekend at another race. Even after his departure to Trucks, I kept an eye on his progress.
Because of my line of work, I have never been one to show favoritism but have rather respected all drivers by showing impartiality. Be it drivers from ASA, BGN, ARCA and Winston Cup. But Tony struck me as a quality person and stood out among many of the drivers I ever worked with.
I did some portfolio review work for Tony a couple times and tried helping him with the presentation of his marketing materials during race weekends.
To this day I always smile, because I never sent Tony a bill. From the beggning I never intended to. When he asked, I told him " this ones on me ". Thats the kind of guy Tony was to me, a deserving racer and a first class quality person that I just enjoyed helping. And Tony never forgot how I helped him and remained gracious.
To this day, I can still see him in the pits and he always had a " Tony " smile for me.
In remembering Tony, I remember what this sport can do for us all. It can take some of the greatest from our sport, but never from our hearts.
I was proud to know Tony, and proud to call him a friend in racing.
My heart, thoughts and prayers are with you all and my sincerest condolences go to the entire family.
God Bless all of you,
Chris Throgmartin Stone Vos Inc. firstname.lastname@example.org
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