Rick Hendrick Talks of Moving On By: Bill King Harrisburg, N.C. For the first time since the Oct. 24 air crash that took the lives of nine of his family and associates, Rick Hendrick spoke Thursday of that day and the difficulty of moving ...
Rick Hendrick Talks of Moving On
By: Bill King
For the first time since the Oct. 24 air crash that took the lives of nine of his family and associates, Rick Hendrick spoke Thursday of that day and the difficulty of moving on.
"For the first couple of days, it wasn't just racing. You didn't want to do anything anymore," Hendrick recalled, standing in the newest of the raceteam shops on the sprawling Hendrick Motorsports campus just west of Lowe's Motor Speedway. The building includes a corner office complex where Rick and son Ricky would have guided the fortunes of an enterprise that has become a model of effeciency and performance for the industry.
"This is all Ricky ever wanted to do," Hendrick said. "This building was his dream, the way his office and my office were laid out. I think it's a tribute to my family to go on and fulfill what they wanted to do.
"The way I can honor Ricky, my brother, my dad [Papa Joe who passed away last summer], my nieces and Randy [engine guru Dorton] is to make this place the best it can be."
Continuing Hendrick said, "It was good medecine for me to be back with the people here. You make an effort to get engaged. You still have your moments, but I feel like I have an awful lot to do and a lot of people counting on me."
As to his realization that a lingering cold kept him from being among the passengers that foggy Sunday morning in Southern Virginia, Hendrick spoke of fate and faith. "The Lord picked a time and we don't understand, but we have to go on.
"You can go nuts trying to figure all of that out, or you can accept that it's God's plan and that we'll all meet again."
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