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|Johnson Title Cements Hendrick Motorsports Dynasty
|LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Even as Jimmie Johnson chased his record fifth consecutive championship, a feat that would have cemented Hendrick Motorsports as the best team in NASCAR history, the owner knew he needed to make some dramatic changes to his organization.
The overall performance wasn't up to Rick Hendrick's standards, only one of his four drivers made it to Victory Lane this season, and nothing has snapped Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s slump.
So he called a lengthy meeting one day after a sub-par showing at Texas Motor Speedway, and borrowed from Winston Churchill to explain his feelings to his key personnel.
"It's not enough that we do our best," Hendrick told the group assembled before him, "sometimes we have to do what's required."
It's a motto Hendrick lives by.
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