Former Track Champion Returns Full-Time
  by Robert Dennis

If you take a short drive west on Hull Street, you will find Hendrick's Muffler and Automotive Shop and a whole lot of auto racing history.

Roy Hendrick, 54, has a love of auto racing, spanning back many years in his family.

The former Southside Speedway Champion, will return to the track this year, driving the #39 Late Model Sportsman car, full-time. It has been 12 years since Hendrick drove on a regular basis. He did get a few races under his belt in 2004 and 2005.

His roots of racing are at Southside Speedway, where he began racing in 1969. He has won numerous awards, including being crowned Track Champion 5 times, with three consecutive titles (1989-1991). He estimates over 120 total race wins, once having 11 consecutive victories.

His family is no stranger to Southside Speedway. There has been a Hendrick racing there since day one. His father, Ray Hendrick, was a regular at the speedway in the 60's and 70's. Ray, who died in 1990, has been recently voted in as an Inductee to the International Motorsports Hall of Fame. The ceremony will take place April 26, 2007 at the facility in Talladega, Alabama. Bill France, Sr. founded the International Motorsports Hall of Fame to preserve the history of motorsports on a worldwide basis and to enshrine forever the people who have been responsible for its growth.

Roy Hendrick beside his father's 1936 Chevrolet modified coupe which will be placed into International Hall of Fame's Motorsports Musuem.

Roy's sons, Chuck, Jason and Brandon have all raced at the short track in Midlothian. Brandon, 26, will also return to the track this year in the 55 car, competing against his father in the late model division. Racing will begin April 6 this year, and it will be interesting to see how Roy and Brandon do at the speedway, nicknamed, "The Toughest Short Track In The South".  


Web Posting: 03/25/07