Rick Hendrick will not be in attendance at Martinsville Speedway for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race as he recovers from knee replacement surgery, Hendrick Motorsports confirmed Saturday evening.

Hendrick, owner of NASCAR’s winningest organization, underwent the procedure last month, a team spokesman told NASCAR.com. The 74-year-old was set to be the honorary pace car driver for the Cook Out 400 but is on the mend and “just not ready for a day at the track.” Hendrick’s four-car team is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2024 and has already scored three wins through seven races this season.


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