Racing powerhouse returning to form

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August 6, 2019 - 10:15 AM

Hendrick driver, Chase Elliott, is interviewed during Daytona 500 Media Day at Daytona International Speedway on, Feb. 14, 2018. STEPHEN M. DOWELL/ORLANDO SENTINEL/TNS

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Rick Hendrick minced no words at the start of the season, when the NASCAR team owner dismissed the previous year as one of the worst in the history of his mighty organization. Hendrick stated: “Last year sucked. I ain’t gonna do that no more.”

The rebuild at Hendrick Motorsports has been slow, but the organization with 12 Cup titles is inching closer to weekly relevance. Chase Elliott won his second race of the season on Sunday at Watkins Glen to close a bold week for the team.

Hendrick made a rare midseason crew chief change for seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson at the start of last week to officially end the winless 21-race trial run with Kevin Mendeering. Johnson hasn’t won a race in more than two years and new crew chief Cliff Daniels managed a 19th-place finish in his debut with the future Hall of Famer.

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