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Hendrick (VA) Family: Ray Hendrick, Roy Lee Hendrick
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Ray Hendrick
Born: April 1, 1929 Deceased: September 28, 1990 (unknown causes)
Hometown: Richmond, VA, United States of America Fun Fact: This Driver Has a Page on The Third Turn!
BIOGRAPHY
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.

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Hendrick (VA) Family
Ray Hendrick | Roy Lee Hendrick

CAREER RESULTS
NASCAR Nationwide Series Results
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NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP YEARS (1950-1981)
Note: Due to very different point style, these years do not count toward official Nationwide Series statistics
Season St W T5 T10 Poles Standing Series Points
1954 798 222
1969 16 2301
1971 2+ 2 2+ 2+
1972 1+
1974 8 4262
1975 1+ 1 1+ 1+ 9 3450
1976 2+ 1 2+ 2+ 19 2174
1977 7+ 1 4+ 5+ 14 2085
1978 14 1637
1979 10 2007
1980 4+ 1 2+ 2+ 18 1415
1981 4+ 0 0+ 1+ 30 608
THE "SERIES" YEARS (1982-PRESENT)
Note: Official Records only comprise this period. 1950-1981 LMS seasons do not count due to different points system
Season St W T5 T10 Poles Standing Laps Led
1982 7 of 29 0 3 4 0 27 0
TOTALS 7 0
0%
3
42.9%
4
57.1%
0
0%
0

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Results
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NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP YEARS (1948-1984)
Note: Due to very different point style, these years do not count toward official Whelen Modified Tour statistics
Season St W T5 T10 Poles Standing Points
1953 1+ 14 3461
1954 8 3004
1960 7 2572
1961 9 3064
1963 6 3036
1964 3 4675
1965 7 2958
1966 3 5872
1967 2+ 1+ 1+ 5 4210
1968 6 4054
1969 10 4104
1970 11 2979
1971 1+ 0 0+ 0+
1975 1+ 20 1381
1976 1+ 0 0+ 0+
1977 4+ 0 3+ 3+ 31 725
1978 23 857
1981 1+ 0 1+ 1+
NASCAR Grand American Results
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Season St W T5 T10 Poles Standing Laps Led
1969 1+ of 35 0 1 1+ 0
1970 1+ of 35 0 1 1+ 0
TOTALS 2 0
0%
2
100%
2
100%
0
0%
0

Results for Select Stock Car Races
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Event St W T5 T10 Poles Laps Led
Race of Champions 9 2 4 5 0 86

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