TOP STORY NO. 3: RICK HENDRICK IS THE GODFATHER

  I never thought I would compare Rick Hendrick to a Marlon Brando character or the WWE legend who coined the phrase "Pimpin' ain't easy." But great googly moogly, has Hendrick evolved into the type of guy who has his hands in every element of the sport. To boot, everything he touches not named Dale Earnhardt Jr. seems to turn to gold.That’s why Rick Hendrick is our No. 3 story of 2009. What happened?Hendrick won his ninth title. Four with Jeff Gordon. Now four with ...

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HENDRICK’S NIECE RECEIVED LIVER TRANSPLANT, IS IN STABLE CONDITION

During a conference call with reporters on Tuesday, Hendrick Motorsports owner Rick Hendrick said that his 29-year-old niece, Alesha Gainey, received a liver transplant on Sunday. She is not conscious, but is in stable condition, and all signs point toward recovery. Hendrick left Florida before the championship-deciding Ford 400 to support Gainey and her family while she awaited an emergency liver transplant at a North Carolina hospital. Gainey is the daughter of the late John Hendrick, Rick's b ...

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RICK HENDRICK NOT AT HOMESTEAD

Rick Hendrick will not be on hand to celebrate Jimmie Johnson or Mark Martin's Sprint Cup title today because of a family emergency. Alesha Gainey, Rick Hendrick's niece and the daughter of John Hendrick, who was killed in the 2004 plane crash near Martinsville Speedway, is having an emergency liver transplant in North Carolina. She is 29. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Hendrick family.  Emergency keeps Rick Hendrick from celebrating win (ESPN) ...

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HENDRICK SAYS NO DEAL WITH DANICA

Danica Patrick is coming to NASCAR, right? Done deal. Sure thing. No brainer ... right? Not so fast, says team owner Rick Hendrick. On Sunday Hendrick said he has no deal in place to bring the IndyCar star Patrick to NASCAR, and added that there is no certainty she'll be driving stock cars next season. A deal between Hendrick and Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s JR Motorsports and Patrick to run a limited Nationwide schedule has long been rumored. From Hendrick's comments, it sounds like Patrick's reps from ...

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Rick Hendrick Has Some S’plainin’ To Do

In 1997, Rick Hendrick was convicted for his role in a bribery and kickback scheme involving some of his auto dealerships and American Honda Motor Company. He was fined $250,000, sentenced to a year of home confinement, and three years' probation. If a story in Monday's Raleigh News & Observer is to be believed, it would seem that Mr. Hendrick, currently celebrating a Jimmie Johnson win and 25 years in NASCAR, might not quite have learned the lesson that, you know, bribery isn't ...

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