- Aug 15, 2017
I'm not denying that money might have played a roll, but if you know Rick Hendrick, he tends to go with drivers that fit into the organization and that he thinks will be with the company long term. Other than the Mark Martin hire, which was a personal friendship thing, Rick has never gone the route that would put a Kenseth or a Kurt Busch on his team. Other than Mark, I can't remember him hiring ANYBODY that he didn't expect to be there at least 5-10 years.Rick didn't want Kenseth or another veteran driver because they were asking for too much money. The young guys drive almost for free.