Hendrick withdraws California truck entry

HARRISBURG, N.C. (Oct. 24, 2000) Hendrick Motorsports, citing a mild concussion suffered Saturday by driver Ricky Hendrick in a crash in the NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division Sam's Club 200 at North Carolina Speedway in Rockingham, has...

HARRISBURG, N.C. (Oct. 24, 2000) Hendrick Motorsports, citing a mild concussion suffered Saturday by driver Ricky Hendrick in a crash in the NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division Sam's Club 200 at North Carolina Speedway in Rockingham, has withdrawn its entry for this weekend's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series finale.

Hendrick, 20, had been entered in Saturday's Motorola 200 at the California Speedway in the No. 17 GMAC/Quaker State Chevrolet, as a teammate to Hendrick's fulltime NCTS pilot Jack Sprague.

However, he crashed his No. 24 GMAC Financial Chevrolet in Turn 3 on the 184th lap of the NBS race on the 1.017-mile North Carolina oval. Hendrick, the son of team owner Rick Hendrick, was transported to Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst, N.C., for observation, where his concussion was diagnosed.

Hendrick was released from the hospital Saturday evening.

A team spokesman said the younger Hendrick's plans to participate in either of the final two NASCAR Busch Series events, on Nov. 4 at Phoenix International Raceway and Nov. 11 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, were uncertain on Tuesday.

Hendrick, who plans to contest the full NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series schedule in 2001 running out of the same shop as Sprague in the Hendrick complex, has had a successful rookie season splitting time in the two series.

He has four top-10 finishes in six NCTS races, including a debut performance of sixth at Pikes Peak International Raceway in Fountain, Colo., in May. He scored a career-best fifth place NBS finish at Nashville (Tenn.) Speedway USA in August.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Ricky Hendrick , Jack Sprague
Teams Hendrick Motorsports