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Far past his prime
Despite 10 wins, the Winston Million and the Winston Cup, boo-birds still believe Hendrick Motorsports made him; the opposite is true
Indianapolis Motor Speedway president Tony George
Refuses to bargain for a CART return to Indy, while pushing bullheadedly onward with his misbegotten Indy Racing League
Winner of three Winston Cup races, he went from nobody to chief rival to Jeff Gordon among NASCAR's young lions
The CART champion added pizzazz and enthusiasm to a series previously dominated by bland personalities
NASCAR's most intense and intelligent crew chief kept picking Jeff Gordon's team up every time it stumbled