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NASCAR's Rick Hendrick breaks collarbone, rib in hard landing

November 1, 2011 |  9:04 am

NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick suffered a broken clavicle and rib, and his wife Linda had cuts and bruises, in the hard landing of their team's business jet Monday night in Key West, Fla., Hendrick Motorsports said in an updated statement Tuesday.

RickThe team initially said only there were no serious injuries when the Gulfstream G150 ran off the runway at Key West International Airport because of braking problems when it was landing.

A photograph released by the Monroe County sheriff's office showed the jet intact after it came to a stop, but with one wing partially submerged in a body of water.

The Hendricks and the two pilots aboard the plane were taken to Lower Keys Medical Center and released, the team said. "All four have safely returned to North Carolina," the team said.

Hendrick, 62, is one of the most successful owners in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. His drivers are reigning champion Jimmie Johnson, four-time champion Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Mark Martin.

"It was a real big scare. Very frightening to hear," Earnhardt told reporters in Las Vegas, where he was attending the annual SEMA show, which showcases specialty automotive equipment, according to Associated Press. "I'm very glad that he and everybody appears to be OK."


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Photo: Rick Hendrick before a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Alabama's Talladega Superspeedway on Oct. 23. Credit: Rainier Ehrhardt / Associated Press