LONG POND, Pa. (AP) — Images of Richard Petty in his feathered Stetson hat and dark glasses stamp Pocono Raceway’s victory lane tower, a tribute to one of racing’s greats and the first winner at the track.
Oh yes, it’s always good to be The King. But at Pocono, it’s even better to drive for Rick Hendrick.
Petty has the celebratory circle named for him, though more drivers for Hendrick Motorsports have partied, taken selfies and bathed in confetti than any other team. Hendrick is on a hot streak, winning the last five races at Pocono.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. swept both races last season, Jimmie Johnson and Kasey Kahne won in 2013 and Jeff Gordon won the August 2012 race.
Pocono should charge Hendrick rent for all the time spent in the most coveted real estate in NASCAR.
Gordon owns the track record for wins with six and Hendrick drivers have 17 overall on the 2
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