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June 14, 1987 | SHAV GLICK, Times Staff Writer
Stock car owner Rick Hendrick, who will have Darrell Waltrip, Geoff Bodine, Benny Parsons and Tim Richmond--four of the biggest names in the National Assn. for Stock Car Auto Racing--in next Sunday's Budweiser 400 at Riverside International Raceway seems just too good to be true. Item: Hendrick wanted to know how his drivers felt when running on a high-banked super-speedway, so he took Parsons' Chevy out for a practice spin at Charlotte. Hendrick lapped the big oval at 164.784 m.p.h.
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January 9, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
NBC Sports said Thursday that Steve Letarte, crew chief for Dale Earnhardt Jr., would join NBC Sports as an analyst on its broadcasts of NASCAR events starting next year. NASCAR last year announced a 10-year pact, starting in 2015, for NBC Sports to carry the final 20 races of NASCAR's 36-race Sprint Cup Series schedule along with the final 19 races in NASCAR's second-level Nationwide Series. Letarte, 34, last year completed his third full season as crew chief for Earnhardt and his No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports team.
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October 9, 2009 | Jim Peltz
At a Hollywood screening of a new feature-length documentary about Rick Hendrick and his NASCAR team, Hendrick and his drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jeff Gordon talked about the film's message. "Together: The Hendrick Motorsports Story," they noted, is a stark account of Hendrick's remarkable success on the track and its devastating setbacks, and of how Hendrick built NASCAR's most prosperous team. Yet all the money, skill and manpower at Hendrick's disposal has not been enough to make Earnhardt - NASCAR's most popular driver - a success since he left his family's team and joined Hendrick in 2008.
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April 11, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
The late Les Richter, an ex-Los Angeles Ram who twice helped establish big-league auto racing in Southern California, again was nominated for NASCAR's Hall of Fame. Richter, who died in 2010 at age 79, was among 25 nominees announced Wednesday for enshrinement in the 2014 class. Five will be selected later this year. Other nominees include team owners Rick Hendrick and Richard Childress, three-time Daytona 500 winner Dale Jarrett, track operator O. Bruton Smith and the late Wendell Scott, the only African American to win a race in what is now NASCAR's premier Sprint Cup Series.
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January 1, 1998 | Associated Press
A federal judge sentenced auto dealer and NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick to three years' probation for his part in the American Honda Motor Co. bribery and kickback scandal. Under terms of his sentence, Hendrick, who has a life-threatening form of leukemia, will be confined to his Charlotte, N.C., home for 12 months. He was also ordered to pay a $250,000 fine.
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January 9, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
NBC Sports said Thursday that Steve Letarte, crew chief for Dale Earnhardt Jr., would join NBC Sports as an analyst on its broadcasts of NASCAR events starting next year. NASCAR last year announced a 10-year pact, starting in 2015, for NBC Sports to carry the final 20 races of NASCAR's 36-race Sprint Cup Series schedule along with the final 19 races in NASCAR's second-level Nationwide Series. Letarte, 34, last year completed his third full season as crew chief for Earnhardt and his No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports team.
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April 11, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
The late Les Richter, an ex-Los Angeles Ram who twice helped establish big-league auto racing in Southern California, again was nominated for NASCAR's Hall of Fame. Richter, who died in 2010 at age 79, was among 25 nominees announced Wednesday for enshrinement in the 2014 class. Five will be selected later this year. Other nominees include team owners Rick Hendrick and Richard Childress, three-time Daytona 500 winner Dale Jarrett, track operator O. Bruton Smith and the late Wendell Scott, the only African American to win a race in what is now NASCAR's premier Sprint Cup Series.
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December 5, 1996 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Rick Hendrick, whose cars have won the last two NASCAR Winston Cup championships, was indicted Wednesday by a grand jury in Asheville, N.C., on federal charges of conspiring to bribe Honda executives to get more Honda cars and dealerships for his auto empire. Hendrick Motorsports fields three NASCAR teams, which have won more than 60 races since 1984. Jeff Gordon won the Winston Cup title last year and Terry Labonte did it this year, with Gordon finishing second.
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March 21, 2012 | By Jim Peltz
NASCAR returns to Southern California this weekend with a streak of parity among its winning drivers this season. Different Sprint Cup drivers have won the series' first four races as the sport makes its annual visit to Auto Club Speedway, a sweeping two-mile oval in Fontana. Matt Kenseth won this year's Daytona 500, Denny Hamlin won in Phoenix, reigning Cup champion Tony Stewart won the Las Vegas race and Brad Keselowski won in Bristol, Tenn. And Sunday's Auto Club 400 could yield a fifth winner because five-time Cup champion Jimmie Johnson is a perennial favorite in Fontana.
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April 5, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
No stranger to auctioning off rare cars for charity, Barrett-Jackson on Friday afternoon sold the world's first 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray convertible for $1 million, including commission. The car's new owner is no stranger to charity auctions either. NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick won the bidding at Barrett-Jackson's Palm Beach, Fla., auction, which runs through Saturday. Hendrick paid $1.1 million at a January auction for the world's first production Corvette C7 Stingray coupe.
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April 5, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
No stranger to auctioning off rare cars for charity, Barrett-Jackson on Friday afternoon sold the world's first 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray convertible for $1 million, including commission. The car's new owner is no stranger to charity auctions either. NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick won the bidding at Barrett-Jackson's Palm Beach, Fla., auction, which runs through Saturday. Hendrick paid $1.1 million at a January auction for the world's first production Corvette C7 Stingray coupe.
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March 21, 2012 | By Jim Peltz
NASCAR returns to Southern California this weekend with a streak of parity among its winning drivers this season. Different Sprint Cup drivers have won the series' first four races as the sport makes its annual visit to Auto Club Speedway, a sweeping two-mile oval in Fontana. Matt Kenseth won this year's Daytona 500, Denny Hamlin won in Phoenix, reigning Cup champion Tony Stewart won the Las Vegas race and Brad Keselowski won in Bristol, Tenn. And Sunday's Auto Club 400 could yield a fifth winner because five-time Cup champion Jimmie Johnson is a perennial favorite in Fontana.
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March 20, 2012 | Wire reports
Longtime Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward retired Tuesday rather than try extending his career with another team. The decision comes three weeks after Ward was released by the Steelers in a salary-cap maneuver. The 36-year-old Ward is the franchise's all-time leader in every major receiving category, including receptions, yards and touchdowns. Ward said following his release he believed he "still had some football in him," but changed his mind. Ward, a four-time Pro Bowler, saw his playing time decrease last season behind Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown . He finished with 46 receptions, the fewest since his rookie year in 1998.
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October 31, 2011 | Staff and wire reports
A Gulfstream jet carrying Rick Hendrick , one of NASCAR's most successful team owners, his wife, Linda , and two pilots ran off a runway in Key West, Fla., on Monday night, but "there were no serious injuries," Hendrick Motorsports said. The G150 airplane was "experiencing brake issues upon landing at Key West International Airport," the team said, adding that all four people "were taken to a local hospital for evaluation. " Four of the leading drivers in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series drive for Hendrick: reigning champion Jimmie Johnson , Jeff Gordon , Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Mark Martin . The incident occurred seven years after Hendrick's 24-year-old son, Ricky , Hendrick's brother John and two of Hendrick's nieces, along with six others, were killed when their small plane crashed on the way to a race in Martinsville, Va. — Jim Peltz ETC. Fisher says there's no rift in players' union Is there dissension in the NBA players' union?
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February 27, 2011 | By Jim Peltz
Trevor Bayne may be NASCAR's newest sensation after the 20-year-old's improbable Daytona 500 win, but NASCAR's original "Wonderboy" ? Jeff Gordon, who was Bayne's boyhood hero ? drove back into the spotlight Sunday after a long absence. Gordon ran down Kyle Busch and passed him with eight laps left to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway, ending a 66-race winless streak. It's the second time this one-mile track just west of Phoenix has been memorable for Gordon, a four-time Series champion.
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October 28, 2010 | By Jim Peltz
NASCAR driver Ryan Newman was filming an interview about his new sponsor, Tornados snack foods, at Charlotte Motor Speedway earlier this year when something caught his eye. Nearby fans had been blocked from getting too close to Newman. So he grabbed a plate of Tornados, waded into the crowd and handed out samples. "I've done more things than I ever have to keep good sponsors" because everyone in NASCAR "has had to stretch their necks out a little bit to make up for the bad times," Newman said.
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March 20, 2012 | Wire reports
Longtime Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward retired Tuesday rather than try extending his career with another team. The decision comes three weeks after Ward was released by the Steelers in a salary-cap maneuver. The 36-year-old Ward is the franchise's all-time leader in every major receiving category, including receptions, yards and touchdowns. Ward said following his release he believed he "still had some football in him," but changed his mind. Ward, a four-time Pro Bowler, saw his playing time decrease last season behind Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown . He finished with 46 receptions, the fewest since his rookie year in 1998.
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June 18, 1997 | JIM HODGES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They're Fire, Ice and the Kid. Wonder Boy, the Ironman and Ricky. NASCAR's glamour driver, a throwback to tradition and a young man who figures he has finally gotten a break. They are Team Hendrick, or actually Hendrick Motorsports. They drive under a banner that claims 65 Winston Cup victories over 14 seasons and could pass $40 million in earnings this weekend. And they are three separate teams with three distinctly different drivers and three crew chiefs, but one owner they all pay homage to.
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June 19, 2010 | By Jim Peltz
Dale Earnhardt Jr. lounged on the edge of a couch in his transporter at Infineon Raceway here, his left leg braced against a wall as he awaited the question he knew was coming. It's now two years and counting since the popular driver in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series has won a race, and inevitably there's the question of when Earnhardt can finally end the streak. A year ago, an often irritable Earnhardt tired of trying to explain why his No. 88 Chevrolet couldn't keep pace with NASCAR's stiff competition.
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October 9, 2009 | Jim Peltz
At a Hollywood screening of a new feature-length documentary about Rick Hendrick and his NASCAR team, Hendrick and his drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jeff Gordon talked about the film's message. "Together: The Hendrick Motorsports Story," they noted, is a stark account of Hendrick's remarkable success on the track and its devastating setbacks, and of how Hendrick built NASCAR's most prosperous team. Yet all the money, skill and manpower at Hendrick's disposal has not been enough to make Earnhardt - NASCAR's most popular driver - a success since he left his family's team and joined Hendrick in 2008.
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