How a second-chance NASCAR ace is rebuilding his career
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How a second-chance NASCAR ace is rebuilding his career

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From a disgraced NASCAR exile, Kyle Larson has been given a shot at redemption by the powerhouse Hendrick Motorsports squad. Replacing seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson is no easy billing, but Larson has every intention of repaying the team's faith

There comes a time in the lifecycle of elite sports when, to stay ahead of the competition, a team or series must reinvent itself by phasing out the old battle-scared heroes and bring in fresh and energetic new contenders. That helps reignite the torch and give the flame a new lease of life.

It's a tricky business, one that takes a sagacious mind to implement and ensure a seamless transition from the all-conquering era that has just closed to the next chapter. This is a journey that Hendrick Motorsports, NASCAR's most successful team, has found itself on over the past few years, as its roster of drivers - arguably the biggest names over the past two decades of stock car racing - have all taken their last dance. They've passed on the duty of repeated excellence that has come to define Rick Hendrick's eponymous squad.

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Author Jake Nichol