By admin | September 21, 2011
By Richard Allen
Rick Hendrick and Ray Evernham once formed one of the most formidable pairings in NASCAR. Evernham oversaw the team of driver Jeff Gordon. That crew chief and driver worked together from 1992 to 1999, winning 47 Sprint Cup races and three championships while employed by Hendrick Motorsports.
Evernham left HMS after the 1999 season to become the proprietor of his own team and foster Dodge’s return to NASCAR’s top division. He eventually found himself allied with Canadian businessman George Gillett in a partnership that soon soured in such a way that Evernham left the team he had originally started.
Since his departure from Sprint Cup racing as an owner, there have been numerous occasions in which rumors have had Evernham returning to his old employer in one facet or another.
According to a well placed source in the dirt racing industry, it may well be time for that rumor mill to start churning again. But this time the renewed partnership is allegedly to take place in the form of a sprint car operation.
“Don’t be surprised if Hendrick gets into sprint cars with Evernham involved,” the source declared. No specific timetable was set for HMS to get involved in sprint car racing.
Such a union would make sense if it were to come to fruition. Evernham is already involved in the dirt racing and sprint car business. He owns the East Lincoln Speedway in North Carolina and he operates Ray Evernham Enterprises which houses a number of dirt racing projects, including sprint cars.
There is also the precedent for NASCAR involvement in sprint cars. Drivers Tony Stewart and Kasey Kahne own two of the most prominent teams on the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars circuit. Kahne will drive Sprint Cup cars for HMS beginning in 2012.
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