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Emily Maynard: NASCAR and the Nation’s New Sweetheart

By Michael Chung On February - 5 - 2011

America is falling in love with Emily Maynard.

An event planner for a children’s hospital and a contestant on the Bachelor 15, Emily is vying to be the winner of Brad Womack’s heart. Her tragic story has become national news.

Emily is ready to love again after the love of her life, NASCAR's Ricky Hendrick, was killed in a plane crash on October 4, 2004. He was 24.

Ricky Hendrick began his racing career at the age 15. On July 7, 2001, Ricky Hendrick became the youngest driver to win his first race.

On the show, Emily and seven other contestants had a group date with Brad at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway where Ricky had his last race. His crash during the 2002 race injured his shoulder that required at least two months of recuperation before he would be medically cleared to race again. Ricky decided to retire at the young age of 22 and focused his NASCAR passion towards ownership. 

During the group date, Emily told Brad about how Ricky was a race car driver and how his last race was at the motor speedway in Las Vegas. Brad told her she did not have to ...

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