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 to lead.
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 14 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...