Tuesday, August 17, 2010

NASCAR Hall of Fame nominee spotlight: Rick Hendrick

When it comes to NASCAR team owners, they don't come much more decorated than Hendrick Motorsports head man, Rick Hendrick. His nine Cup level championships tie him with Petty Enterprises for the most at that level. When it comes to overall NASCAR national series titles, Hendrick's 11 tie him with fellow NASCAR Hall of Fame nominee Richard Childress for most-ever.

Hendrick ventured into race team ownership through boat drag racing. He entered NASCAR team ownership in 1984 with All-Star Racing, which would eventually be renamed Hendrick Motorsports. Over the years, Hendrick has fielded Cup cars for drivers including Geoff Bodine, Tim Richmond, Darrell Waltrip, Terry Labonte, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Mark Martin, among several others.

Hendrick visited a Cup Series victory lane for the first time on April 29, 1984, at Martinsville Speedway with Bodine as his driver.

To read more of this bio, visit Cup Series News and Notes.

Photo of Rick Hendrick courtesy of ISC Archives/Getty Images.


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