Geoff’s Journal: Last ride for the HMS No. 5
It always brings back memories when I see it on the track; a lot of good ones more than the not so good. It’s going to be strange without the No. 5 next year.
Hopefully Rick Hendrick will come up with another team and start that 5 back up and another driver will use the number.
The car number was used over the years by drivers like Cotton Owens, Tiny Lund, Neil Bonnett and Morgan Shepherd before me.
I have no idea on why Rick chose the number, but I know it was reserved with NASCAR when I joined the team.
I may have known at one time, but I have no idea right now.
It is surprising that the number was available. I’ve reached out to Rick, because I am curious, so I will let you know when I have the answer.
FAVORITE MEMORY WITH THE NO. 5
Every win was the favorite, but for any driver, the first win is very memorable. For me, that was the first win for the team and myself at Martinsville in 1984. And of course, the 1986 Daytona 500 stands out as well. It is so difficult to win in NASCAR, so every win is important.
The No. 5 has seemed to follow me around my different parts life.
I started racing at 5 years old. One of my go-karts was the No. 5.
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