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Born on this day (30th - March)

Manuel de Teffé

1905 - 1967


Rudolf Krause

1907 - 1987


Peter Hirt

1910 - 1992


Robert O'Brien

1922 - 1997


1934


Eddie Jordan

1948


Mike Thackwell

1961


Stéphane Ortelli

1970


Fabrizio de Simone

1971


Chris Trickle

1972 - 1998



Died on this day (30th - March)

Lucien Bianchi

1934 - 1969


Yves Giraud-Cabantous

1904 - 1973


Bill Hamilton

1899 - 1978


Kenneth Douglas Evans

1912 - 1985


David Leslie

1953 - 2008


Richard Lloyd

1945 - 2008


Jackie Pretorius

1934 - 2009



Ray Hendrick
Ray Hendrick
Mr. Modified
UNITED STATES

Born
1 / 4 / 1929
Died
28 / 9 / 1990
His racing career spanned 34 years, most of which were spent competing in the NASCAR Modifieds, with some records indicating he won more than 712 races.

Ray "Mr. Modified" Hendrick was a Virginia driver who made many trips up North with great success driving the Tant-Mitchell #11. Ray was never a National Modified Champion but finished in the Top 10 in Points many times: 7th in 1960, 9th in 1961, 6th in 1963, 3rd in 1964, 7th in 1965, 3rd in 1966, 5th in 1967, 6th in 1968, and 10th in 1969.

Ray also finished 8th in 1974 and 9th in 1975 in the National Late Model Sportsman Points before it became known as the Busch Grand National Division. Ray won the Modified "Race of Champions" 2 times, in 1969 on the 1 mile Langhorne Speedway asphalt and in 1975 on the Trenton Speedway 1.5 mile oval.

Ray is 1st on the all-time winners list of Martinsville Speedway with 20 wins between 1963 and and 1975. Next on the list is Richard Petty with 15 wins, followed by Geoff Bodine, Darrell Waltrip and Richie Evans. Some Good Company! Ray also won a 100 Lap National Championship race on Memorial Day Weekend of 1970 at Stafford Motor Speedway. Hendrick was best known for his racing philosophy of racing anywhere and everywhere.

His racing career spanned 34 years, most of which were spent competing in the NASCAR Modifieds, with some records indicating he won more than 712 races. Hendrick's modified career and desire to compete wherever there were races, kept him from a full-time NASCAR Winston Cup campaign. In just 17 starts, he notched two top-five and six top-10 finishes.