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All in the Family
There may not be team orders at Hendrick Motorsports, but there certainly is a team feel to the organization.
Folks don't leave Hendrick Motorsports for other organizations very often. That has a lot to do with the environment they create at HMS. That "all for one and one for all" attitude was in full display at Atlanta as Kasey Kahne finally made it to Victory Lane and into the Chase.
It was pretty impressive to see the other three Hendrick drivers together in Victory Lane to congratulate Kahne; and it wasn't a quick handshake, they hung around. Rick Hendrick, himself, talked afterwards about how touching it was, as a boss, to see that scene.
I was more impressed with what I saw a few minutes before.
As I was making my way down pit road for post-race interviews, I stopped to watch the second green/white/checkered run. As Kahne took the lead from Matt Kenseth coming to the white flag, the crew in front of me started jumping up and down in excitement. It was Dale Earnhardt, Jr.'s crew.
I'm sure Kahne's crew was probably more excited; but it couldn't have been by much.
Does Junior's team want to beat Kahne in the Chase? Absolutely. But, on this night, they were all brothers, and celebrated as such.