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June 3, 2007 | By Pete Schnatz FOR THE INQUIRER
Jack Roush's primary focus is on putting one of his five cars in Victory Lane after today's Autism Speaks 400. But the boss of Roush Fenway Racing might be just as tickled if any one of a handful of rival team owners - notably Rick Hendrick - leaves Dover International Speedway without the checkered flag. At the root of Roush's displeasure is his contention that Hendrick Motorsports, Joe Gibbs Racing and Richard Childress Racing have bypassed the rules on testing by running the Car of Tomorrow at unsanctioned tracks and using tires other than Goodyear.
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November 30, 2007 | By Pete Schnatz FOR THE INQUIRER
The venue may have changed, but the dominance by Hendrick Motorsports has not. Less than two weeks after giving Rick Hendrick his seventh NASCAR Nextel Cup owner's championship in South Florida, Jimmie Johnson joined teammate Jeff Gordon yesterday in collecting nearly $1 million in sponsor bonuses at Cipriani, a Manhattan hot spot that hosted the National Motorsports Press Association's annual Myers Brothers media luncheon. Along with the checks came a variety of trophies in all shapes, sizes and materials - from solid crystal to a 24-karat 1/12-scale model of Johnson's No. 48 Chevrolet.
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May 13, 2016 | By Bill Fleischman, Correspondent
SPRINT CUP SERIES rookies aren't supposed to be racing as Chase Elliott is, unless they are very talented. In Elliott's first 11 races, he has three top-five finishes, four more top 10s and was the fastest qualifier for the season-opening Daytona 500. At age 20, he also is the youngest polesitter for a Daytona 500. Sitting 11th in points, Elliott has done a superb job replacing the retired Jeff Gordon in the No. 24 Chevrolet. "If I told you I wasn't nervous at the beginning of the year I'd be lying," Elliott said Wednesday in a telephone interview.
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February 22, 1997 | By Pete Schnatz, FOR THE INQUIRER
Hendrick Motorsports drivers Jeff Gordon, Terry Labonte and Ricky Craven elevated teamwork to another level last week with a 1-2-3 finish that made the 25-year-old Gordon the youngest winner ever of the Daytona 500. While some veterans have not totally bought into the concept of putting the team's fortunes ahead of individual goals - Dale Jarrett has said: "You can talk about teammates all you want, but it's every man for himself out there" -...
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September 30, 1999 | by Bill Fleischman, Daily News Sports Writer
The decision didn't take long. Three days after Ray Evernham left Dover, Del., following a Winston Cup race, with his future up in the air, Jeff Gordon's ultra-successful crew chief yesterday received his release from Hendrick Motorsports. Evernham's departure is immediate. As expected, he will be replaced by Brian Whitesell, the team engineer for Gordon's No. 24 Chevrolet. Whitesell's first race in his new role will be Sunday at Martinsville, Va. Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports, said he released Evernham to "assist Ray with a lifelong dream, which he shared with me, of pursuing his own team.
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March 11, 2012 | Associated Press
LAS VEGAS - Defending Nationwide champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr. led the final 54 laps at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday for his first victory of the season. Stenhouse had a strong car all day and dominated the end of the 200-mile race, pulling away from Mark Martin on a pair restarts on the 1.5-mile tri-oval in the desert. Martin, who had won four of his previous six Nationwide starts at Las Vegas, finished second in his first Nationwide race for Joe Gibbs Racing. Polesitter Elliott Sadler rallied to finish third after a lengthy midrace pit stop to fix a vibration.
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December 9, 1996 | By Pete Schnatz, FOR THE INQUIRER
Bell-ringing Santas vie for sidewalk space with panhandling street musicians. Twinkling lights and garlands lend luster to an otherwise grimy landscape. Cabbies show uncommon courtesy to wayward pedestrians. This is a festive time in the Big Apple, where the brightest stars of stock-car racing were feted during last week's Winston Cup awards banquet, a somewhat incongruous affair at which the good ol' boys dined in black-tie splendor in the elegant ballroom of the Waldorf-Astoria.
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June 14, 2007 | By BILL FLEISCHMAN For the Daily News
RICK HENDRICK described it as "a wow day. " Dale Earnhardt Jr. said he felt "a big weight" was off his shoulders. As expected, Earnhardt confirmed yesterday that starting next year he'll be driving for Hendrick Motorsports. Terms of the 5-year deal were not disclosed, but be assured Earnhardt will be collecting many millions. During a 1-hour nationally televised press conference at JR Motorsports headquarters in Mooresville, N.C., Hendrick also said that Kyle Busch will be leaving his organization after this season; Earnhardt will fill Busch's slot at Hendrick.
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June 13, 2007 | By BILL FLEISCHMAN For the Daily News
And the winner of the Dale Earnhardt Jr. sweepstakes is . . . Hendrick Motorsports. Earnhardt, considered NASCAR's most popular racer, is expected to announce today that he will join Hendrick next season, according to published reports. Hendrick's current drivers are Nextel Cup points leader Jeff Gordon, defending champion Jimmie Johnson, Casey Mears and Kyle Busch. They have won 10 of the season's 14 races. Since NASCAR limits Cup teams to four cars, Busch is expected to be released from his contract with Hendrick.
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September 27, 1999 | by Bill Fleischman, Daily News Sports Writer
As the national anthem concluded yesterday, Ray Evernham high-fived his Du Pont Automotive Finishes crew on pit road. It might be the last time they high-five each other. Evernham reportedly has an offer to supervise Chrysler's return to Winston Cup racing in 2001. Chrysler's Dodges compete in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck series. All week, before yesterday's MBNA Gold 400 race at Dover Downs International Speedway, speculation swirled that Evernham's finale with Hendrick Motorsports would be at Dover.
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May 13, 2016 | By Bill Fleischman, Correspondent
SPRINT CUP SERIES rookies aren't supposed to be racing as Chase Elliott is, unless they are very talented. In Elliott's first 11 races, he has three top-five finishes, four more top 10s and was the fastest qualifier for the season-opening Daytona 500. At age 20, he also is the youngest polesitter for a Daytona 500. Sitting 11th in points, Elliott has done a superb job replacing the retired Jeff Gordon in the No. 24 Chevrolet. "If I told you I wasn't nervous at the beginning of the year I'd be lying," Elliott said Wednesday in a telephone interview.
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September 18, 2015 | By Bill Fleischman, Daily News Columnist
ANOTHER SEPTEMBER, another Chase. The 10-race format is designed to maintain interest in NASCAR while the NFL and college football seasons and baseball playoffs are heating up. For openers, the first Chase race dives into the Chicago market Sunday, where it will compete for attention with the revived Cubs and the always popular Bears. Then the Chase caravan moves on to New Hampshire and Dover, Del. The final Chase race again will be in Homestead, Fla., on Nov. 22. As usual, there are strong contenders from the heavyweight-class teams: Joe Gibbs Racing has four teams in the Chase, Hendrick Motorsports qualified three, and Penske Racing has two. There are also first-time Chasers Jamie McMurray and Paul Menard.
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June 5, 2015 | BY BILL FLEISCHMAN, For the Daily News fleiscb@phillynews.com
DALE EARNHARDT JR. started making the journey to Pocono Raceway as a youngster when his father Dale Sr. was winning races. Fifteen years ago, Earnhardt Jr. began racing at the Tricky Triangle track. Two runner-up finishes and a couple of thirds were his best performances at Pocono. Suddenly, last year everything clicked for Earnhardt. He swept both Sprint Cup races. On Sunday, in the Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400 (1 p.m., Fox Sports 1), he'll try to become only the third driver to threepeat at Pocono.
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November 21, 2014 | By Bill Fleischman, Daily News Columnist
KEVIN HARVICK lived up to his "Closer" nickname in style to win his first Sprint Cup series championship. Harvick impressively swept the last two Chase races. He had to win at Phoenix to reach the final four. Then the 38-year-old Californian seized the opportunity in the final laps at Homestead, Fla., Sunday, and now he's a champion. "It's an incredible feeling of accomplishment," Harvick said Wednesday on a conference call. "I'm a guy that dreamed about being a race-car driver and winning a Cup championship.
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November 22, 2013
WITH JIMMIE Johnson celebrating his sixth Sprint Cup championship in the last 8 years, the question many observers and I have is: Why aren't other top teams challenging his dominance? Matt Kenseth mounted a serious threat this year, winning a series-high seven races and leading the Chase after five races. Then Johnson seized the lead and won by 19 points over Kenseth. As a Cup crew chief with Greg Biffle and several others, Hatboro, Pa., native Greg Erwin had as good an opportunity as anyone outside Hendrick Motorsports to see what makes Johnson's No. 48 team click.
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November 8, 2013 | By Bill Fleischman, Daily News Staff Writer
LATE IN SUNDAY'S Sprint Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway, I concluded "this is not entertaining. " It also wasn't racing, if you define racing as two or more race cars competing for the lead. Jimmie Johnson dominated the Texas race, leading 225 of 334 laps, including the last 34. His sixth victory of the year, combined with Matt Kenseth's fourth-place finished, gives Johnson a seven-point lead with two races remaining in the Chase. Johnson is closing in on his sixth Cup series title.
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October 17, 2012 | Daily News Wire Reports
DALE EARNHARDT JR. visited a noted concussion specialist in Pittsburgh on Tuesday as part of the planned rehabilitation program to get NASCAR's most popular driver back in a car. Hendrick Motorsports confirmed that Earnhardt met with Dr. Micky Collins, the clinical and executive director of the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program. Collins is one of the leading experts in the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of athletes who have suffered concussions. He and Dr. Mark Lovell developed the ImPACT test now used by many professional sports leagues, including the NFL, to assess concussions and determine when an injured athlete can safely return to play.
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March 11, 2012 | Associated Press
LAS VEGAS - Defending Nationwide champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr. led the final 54 laps at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday for his first victory of the season. Stenhouse had a strong car all day and dominated the end of the 200-mile race, pulling away from Mark Martin on a pair restarts on the 1.5-mile tri-oval in the desert. Martin, who had won four of his previous six Nationwide starts at Las Vegas, finished second in his first Nationwide race for Joe Gibbs Racing. Polesitter Elliott Sadler rallied to finish third after a lengthy midrace pit stop to fix a vibration.
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January 8, 2008 | By BILL FLEISCHMAN For the Daily News
The Dale Earnhardt Jr. adventure begins soon. After racing as the lead driver for Dale Earnhardt Inc., the company founded by his late father, Junior begins his career with the Hendrick Motorsports force, where he joins two-time defending Cup series champion Jimmie John-son, four-time titlist Jeff Gordon and Casey Mears. We won't know until a few races into the Sprint (formerly Nextel) Cup series how Junior is adjusting. With DEI, Junior won 17 races in nine seasons. However, he carried a 62-race winless streak when he left DEI. With Hendrick, he'll be expected to start winning again.
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November 30, 2007 | By Pete Schnatz FOR THE INQUIRER
The venue may have changed, but the dominance by Hendrick Motorsports has not. Less than two weeks after giving Rick Hendrick his seventh NASCAR Nextel Cup owner's championship in South Florida, Jimmie Johnson joined teammate Jeff Gordon yesterday in collecting nearly $1 million in sponsor bonuses at Cipriani, a Manhattan hot spot that hosted the National Motorsports Press Association's annual Myers Brothers media luncheon. Along with the checks came a variety of trophies in all shapes, sizes and materials - from solid crystal to a 24-karat 1/12-scale model of Johnson's No. 48 Chevrolet.
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