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2001: Ricky Hendrick wins Kansas truck race

Driving the No. 17 GMAC Chevrolet Silverado truck, Ricky Hendrick scored an emotional first NASCAR win at the inaugural Kansas Speedway 250-mile truck series event on July 7, 2001. Hendrick finished ahead of runner-up Ted Musgrave by 2.841 seconds and broke the record as youngest driver (at the time) to ever win a truck race at just 21 years old. Team owner Rick Hendrick counts his son’s accomplishment at Kansas amongst his most cherished memories. “Wins are nice, but when you see your son do something, it’s special,” he said. Ricky Hendrick went on to finish the 2001 truck season sixth in championship points. After running in the NASCAR Busch Series in 2002, he assumed a new role as part-owner of both the 2003 championship-winning No. 5 Busch Series team and the No. 25 Cup Series team with his grandfather, Papa Joe Hendrick.

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