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Hendrick team soaring under Gordon's tutelage

Updated: April 7, 2006, 5:10 PM ET
By Rupen Fofaria | Special to ESPN.com

Martinsville Speedway has become synonymous with the Hendrick Motorsports tragedy. Each visit serves as a reminder of that day when a Hendrick plane, carrying many key personnel and Hendrick family members, crashed and killed 10 on Oct. 24, 2004.

April 2 would have been the 26th birthday for Ricky Hendrick, team owner Rick's son who died in the crash, and the occasion provided an added ounce of hunger to the stable of Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Brian Vickers and Kyle Busch.

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