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Turning Junior around is Hendrick's job

Updated: October 21, 2009, 8:22 PM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

CONCORD, N.C. -- These should be the best of times for Rick Hendrick. His drivers hold the top three spots in the Sprint Cup standings with five races remaining. He is almost guaranteed a ninth championship, whether it's Jimmie Johnson with a historic fourth straight, 50-year-old Mark Martin with his first or Jeff Gordon with his fifth.

Yet before Saturday night's race at Lowe's Motor Speedway, there was Hendrick talking about what arguably will be the greatest challenge of his career.

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