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The date was Aug. 31, 2003, and the South Carolina sun was beating down on everybody at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway. I was a gas man going over the wall for then-Hendrick Motorsports driver Terry Labonte.
Most people see the Hendrick Motorsports Victory Bell as a way to commemorate the win. They think of it as a way to celebrate a victory, and it is. It’s a great opportunity for us as a company to pause and enjoy the win together. We just did that last week with Dale (Earnhardt) Jr. in honor of his Daytona 500 win. He rang that bell through every building on the complex and shook the hands of each individual.
I joined Hendrick Motorsports as a developmental pit crew member in September. Formerly an offensive lineman from the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, I didn’t have a racing background, but knew I wanted to continue my athletic career in a team sport.