A Brief History of Hendrick Motorsports

November 2nd, 2017 by

Rick Hendrick was only 23 when he was named the general sales manager of Hendrick Automotive Group–a used-car lot he partially owned. In 1976, he sold his part of the lot and bought a franchise in South Carolina, making him the youngest Chevy Dealer in the United States at the time.

The franchise he purchased in Bennettsville, South Carolina turned into one of the most profitable locations in the country. Now, Hendrick owns 98 locations and employs more than 10,000 people in 13 states.

From Selling Cars to Racing Cars

Hendrick has always had a love for racing cars. He began drag racing in a car he built when he was only 14 years old. It wasn’t until 1984 that he started All-Star Racing, which was renamed Hendrick Motorsports in 1985. With help from crew chief Harry Hyde, NASCAR team owner Raymond Beadle, and C.K. Spurlock–the racing team was born.

Hendrick Motorsports has grown into one of the most successful teams in the history of NASCAR. The team includes more than just drivers. Their talented team includes more than 500 employees at their complex in North Carolina where every car is built. More than 500 engines are built or re-built each year there as well–with some being leased to other teams.

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Hendrick Auto Group and Hendrick Motorsports know their cars. Come see us at Hendrick Honda when you’re looking for a new car and our experts will be glad to help you find your best match.