|Ray Hendrick (born April 1, 1929, died September 28, 1990), was known as "Mr. Modified" during his 36-year career in motorsports mainly in the modified stock car racing class. He was also the father of Roy Lee Hendrick, a racer in his own right.
The Virginia native collected more than 700 victories in modifieds, NASCAR Winston Cup series, and late model sportsman series (later known as Nationwide Series. Ray Hendrick was the first inductee into the Virginia Hall of Fame and has been a finalist nominee for induction to the International Motorsports Hall of Fame.
Hendrick raced his famous winged No. 11 Modified coupe fielded by Jack Tant and Clayton Mitchell. The Richmond, Virginia star won five track championships at South Boston Speedway, four of them while competing in the NASCAR Modified division and one in the NASCAR Late Model Sportsman division.
Ray never won the National Modified Championship but finished in the Top 10 in Points nine times:
- 7th in 1960,
- 9th in 1961,
- 6th in 1963,
- 3rd in 1964,
- 7th in 1965,
- 3rd in 1966,
- 5th in 1967,
- 6th in 1968, and
- 10th in 1969.
Ray also finished 8th in 1974 and 9th in 1975 in the National Late Model Sportsman Points before it became known as the Busch Grand National Division. Ray won the Modified "Race of Champions" 2 times, in 1969 on the 1 mile Langhorne Speedway asphalt and in 1975 on the Trenton Speedway 1.5 mile oval. Ray is 1st on the all-time winners list of Martinsville Speedway with 20 wins between 1963 and and 1975. Next on the list is Richard Petty with 15 wins, followed by Geoff Bodine, Darrell Waltrip, and Richie Evans. Ray also won a 100 Lap National Championship race on Memorial Day Weekend of 1970 at Stafford Motor Speedway.
Hendrick was best known for his racing philosophy of racing anywhere and everywhere. Hendrick's modified career and philosophy of racing anywhere and everywhere prevented him from competing full time in NASCAR Winston Cup. However, with only 17 starts to his credit, he collected two top-five and six top-10 finishes.