Don’t look for Rick Hendrick to retire anytime soon

DOVER, DELAWARE - MAY 16: Alex Bowman, driver of the #48 Ally Chevrolet, celebrates his win during the NASCAR Cup Series Drydene 400 at Dover International Speedway on May 16, 2021 in Dover, Delaware. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

Rick Hendrick has seen, and been through a lot, in his 71 years on the planet. He started a profitable car business from a single used car lot, founded one of NASCAR’s most successful teams earning a place in the NASCAR Hall of Fame; he also survived cancer, the loss of his son and others in his family and the organization in a plane crash in 2004.

Few could blame him if Rick Hendrick decided to hang up his hat and head off to his favorite fishing hole, especially after his driver Alex Bowman delivered him the team’s 267th Cup win Sunday at Dover, one short of Petty Enterprises for the all-time record.

“Well, I do like to fish,” Hendrick said laughing after the win Sunday. “I do like the boat. When I go to the doctor anyway, they ask me if I’m retired. I tell them I’ve got two jobs. I work every day and weekends.”

But that doesn’t mean he’s ready to give all that up.

“I love it,” he said. “I mean, that’s what makes me get up in the morning. I’m competitive. I think the guys around me are very competitive. We want to win, and we want to set records.

“I’m not going to be every single week, two days a weekend, if we get back to it at the track. I’m there with the guys. I’m with them in the morning. I balance it. But I love it. I’ve raced all my life. That’s all I’ve done. The two things I love in my life other than my family is the car business and racing. I’ve been fortunate to be able to make a living doing both of them.

“I don’t see retiring any time soon.”

Greg Engle