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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Hendrick Motorsports is the winningest team in NASCAR - the stock car version of the Lakers or the Celtics, perhaps the New York Yankees of motorsports.
Rick Hendrick has built a beast of an organization since he entered NASCAR in 1984. The team was called All-Star Racing and Geoff Bodine was his driver, but Hendrick went to the Daytona 500 without a sponsor.
Bodine only got the ride because he happened to stop by Hendrick's flagship City Chevrolet dealership looking for a NASCAR ride on the same day Tim Richmond was due to tell the fledgling team if he wanted the job. Richmond had only been offered the seat because a deal between Hendrick and Richard Petty fell apart.