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NASCAR World panicked about the well-being of Rick Hendricks' wife after puzzling Martinsville gesture

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As Martinsville prepares for another magical weekend of latest NASCAR action, fans are deeply concerned about HMS' recent winner of the 0.526-mile paperclip race. Kyle Larson. What is the main concern? A special edition No. 5 livery that bears the name of a relatively unknown “stone” of the Hendrick family – Ms. Linda Hendrick.

Kyle Larson's car sparks concern and curiosity about Linda Hendricks' health

To add to the pre-race excitement ahead of qualifying for the Cook Out 400, NASCAR correspondent Bob Pockrass shared an intriguing tweet that simply read: Hendrick Motorsports placed the name of Linda Hendrick, Rick Hendrick’s wife, on the passenger side of Kyle Larson’s car in Martinsville.”

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As is usual with any Pockrass post on Twitter, fans flooded the comments, reflecting a collective sense of concern and confusion.

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From questions like: What's the reason, Bob? Please tell me Linda is okay.” to fan inspections making uncanny connections, like this comment that asked: “I hope there's nothing seriously wrong. Why just Larson’s car?” The interaction was certainly remarkable.

Fans even wrote: “I hope she is well” and “Pray she is well” 🙏”. But fortunately the reality was different.

As a recent Facebook post from the official Hendrick Automotive Group revealed, this is simply an emphatic gesture to mark Hendrick Motorsports' 40th anniversary in the NASCAR Cup Series. The post included a heartwarming announcement for the current superior of the Hendrick family: “Mr. Hendrick and the entire Hendrick organization thank her (Ms. Hendrick) for the support since day one and win #1”

With all the confusion, Twitter users@JoshuaHVAC806 had an interesting question to ask those affected, albeit controversial to say the least. She owns the same company as her husband. The idiots here are looking for something negative… Maybe it's just a tribute to her support for her husband's team???”

For HMS, the number 5 carries with it an insurmountable NASCAR legacy

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The tribute is 100% plausible and deserved. What makes the whole tribute even more meaningful is the fact that Geoff Bodine gave HMS its first-ever Cup Series victory at Martinsville in the iconic No. 5 car. From Geoff to his brother Brett Bodine to a young one Kyle Busch In the mid-2000s, many talented drivers got behind the wheel of the car steeped in Hendrick Motorsports heritage.

When Bodine's victory for Rick Hendrick's team finally came in April 1984, Mr. H was already married to Linda. But four years earlier, on April 2, the unrealized successor to the No. 5 car was born, etching the number forever, albeit tragically, into the annals of NASCAR history.

Ricky HendrickSon of Rick and Linda and brother of Josephine Hendrick, was strongly viewed as the successor to the famous Hendrick dynasty. In 2002, Ricky picked up the No. 5 car for one final round in Kansas in the Busch Series. But two years later, Ricky sadly passed away after a plane crash in Virginia claimed the precious lives of several Hendrick Motorsports family members. It was indeed a sad day for NASCAR and an even more devastating memory for Rick and Linda Hendrick.

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Two decades and a Papa Joe Hendrick Award of Excellence later, Mrs. Linda's unspeakable grief is still unimaginable. Still, with three wins from seven races heading to Martinsville and HMS's only current champion bearing both the matron's name and blessing, Hendrick Motorsports appears destined to celebrate again in 2024.