Jim Hunter Memorial Golf Tournament begins Darlington race weekend

NASCAR President Mike Helton was among the big names on hand

Some of NASCAR's biggest names came to the Florence Country Club for the first annual Jim Hunter Memorial Golf Tournament. The former Darlington Raceway president and NASCAR executive died of cancer at the age of 71 last year. Among the names on hand: NASCAR President Mike Helton, former Cup Champ Rusty Wallace, defending Southern 500 champion Denny Hamlin and Juan Pablo Montoya.

The AP's Pete Iacobelli got some great quotes from drivers remembering Mr. Hunter and also talked about the foundation in his name and what help it is giving:

NASCAR drivers, execs come out to honor Hunter

Jim Hunter was one of the most respected men in all of motorsports. He was a friend to all of the media and one of NASCAR's greatest ambassadors. ESPN's David Newton echoes this well in his blog entry on Jim Hunter legacy looming large

Juan Pablo Montoya was one of many drivers who had a close relationship with Hunter. Montoya was able to play golf with Hunter on more than one occasion. The media gathered also turned their attention to last week's business at Richmond when Montoya tangled with Ryan Newman on the track. Montoya downplayed the feud: Montoya: Issues settled

The Showtime Southern 500 begins with on track activity on Friday morning. WPDE Sports will have comprehensive coverage from the Track Too Tough to Tame all weekend long.

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