Hendrick Motorsports

Rick Hendrick rises from tobacco farmer to Hall of Famer

Rick Hendrick, owner of the most successful organization in NASCAR, grew up on a Virginia tobacco farm knowing that wasn't the life he wanted.

He took chance after chance chasing a NASCAR career, came close to folding his team more than once, but always found a way to persevere. It earned him a spot in the NASCAR Hall of Fame on Friday night.

Hendrick Motorsports has a NASCAR-leading 15 national titles — 11 in the top series with Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon and Terry Labonte.

"I didn't know what I wanted to do in life, but I knew what I didn't want to do, and that was be a tobacco farmer," Hendrick said. "But I wouldn't take anything for the time that I...

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