Jeff Gordon didn't take Clint Bowyer out at Phoenix International Raceway for sport.
His vendetta was greater than that.
While it wasn't clear last Sunday, team owner Rick Hendrick on Friday put Gordon's retaliation into perspective. Yes, Gordon had enough. But his revenge was for the Hendrick Motorsports family - past and present.
Entering Martinsville Speedway in April, Hendrick was hoping for his 200th win at the half-mile track. The victory would have been cathartic considering that Hendrick's brother, nieces and friends were among the 10 victims that were killed in a company plane on the way to the track nearly eight years earlier.
"You've got to go back," Hendrick said. "And I don't expect anybody in here to really understand this as much as maybe Jeff and I do, but at Martinsville this year, we were going for our 200th win. It was the first time I had my brother's wife there and the first time Jan Jackson, the representative of DuPont, was there since the crash. We had a ...