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Like his father, Ricky Hendrick was a winner with an eye for talent
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Ricky Hendrick's racing dreams began much like his father's behind the wheel.While Rick was busy building the Hendrick Motorsports empire, teenage Ricky was turning laps at short tracks around central North Carolina. But soon what his parents had quietly hoped would only be a hobby had grown into a full-fledged driving career. By 2000, Hendrick had cracked the ranks of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. Many quietly wondered if he had made the big leagues simply because of his last name. At the Kansas Speedway on July 7, 2001, Hendrick hushed the skeptics the only way he knew how. By winning.
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