This year is the 30th anniversary of Rick Hendrick Motorsports, and the team owner reflected Tuesday on the top two highlights of his career.
Hendrick said his top memory was his son Ricky’s 2001 truck series race win. Ricky Hendrick died in a plane crash in 2004 near Martinsville.
The second most memorable event that Hendrick mentioned was his first win as a team owner. That happened in 1984 at Martinsville Speedway when Geoff Bodine grabbed the checkered flag. Hendrick said Bodine’s win saved the team.
“That kept us from closing the doors,” Hendrick said. Click here to see video of Hendrick’s comments: http://www.wdbj7.com/news/local/web-extra-rick-hendrick-talks-about-how-bodine-win-at-martinsville-saved-team/-/20128466/24168590/-/vf0j0sz/-/index.html
If last year is any indication, it could be a sterling 30th anniversary for Hendrick. All four of his drivers – Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Kasey Kahne – made the chase last year.
JOHNSON ON CHANGES
Six-time Sprint Cup champ Jimmie Johnson was asked Tuesday if he felt that NASCAR’s reported Chase changes were aimed at him.
“It’s crossed my mind,” Johnson said. Click here to see the entire response: http://www.wdbj7.com/news/local/web-extra-jimmie-johnson-talks-about-chase-changes/-/20128466/24168742/-/ld3mk2z/-/index.html
“I was shocked to hear what was being proposed. If that’s the bullet that we need then I’m all for it.”
Johnson is attempting to become the third seven-time Cup winner. The other two drivers are Dale Earnhardt and Richard Petty.
LOTTERY FOR FINAL RACE
If the proposed changes for the Chase go into effect, Jeff Gordon said he would like to see the location of the final race be a lottery.
He said that it’s nothing against Homestead-Miami Speedway. But if a driver has an advantage there, and the final race of the year becomes winner-take-all, it could give a driver a big advantage.
EARNHARDT TALKS CHANGE
If there is one thing Dale Earnhardt Jr. has gotten used to over the years from NASCAR, it is change.
“Let’s go ahead and change it all,” he said jokingly Tuesday. “It’s definitely going to make things more interesting on both sides of the fence,” Earnhardt Jr. said.
Earnhardt also said that he feels confident because Hendrick Motorsports is typically ahead of the curve. Click here to see video of Earnhardt's comments: http://www.wdbj7.com/news/local/web-extra-dale-earnhardt-jr-talks-about-chase-changes/-/20128466/24169892/-/krc23uz/-/index.html
Hendrick was asked if the Chase came down to a winner-take-all race between all four of his drivers, who would he chose?
“Do you really expect me to answer that question,” Hendrick said.
Jeff Gordon said that Hendrick would be the winner.
SUPER BOWL BET
Kasey Kahne and Kyle Busch have a Super Bowl wager. Kahne is a big Seahawks fan, and Busch is a Broncos fan.
The loser of the bet has to wear the jersey of the Super Bowl winner.