Among the members of the Hendrick Motorsports racing team who died was Ricky’s uncle (and team president) John Hendrick and his twin daughters, Kimberly and Jennifer Hendrick.
For most of the women contestants it will be the first time they will find themselves in the national spotlight, but the same cannot be said for Emily Maynard, a 24-year-old blond beauty originally from Morgantown, West Virginia.
In a follow-up post, it unveils a video of Rodgers talking affectionately of Lanflisi and the two at a banquet where Rodgers receives his MVP award: It also shows off a batch of newly discovered tweets that portray a kind of familiarity between the two that falls–at least in the 140 word world–in that gray area somewhere between bromance and love affair.
This is the scruffed Lanflisi tweeting from Chico, California, the conservative California town where Rodgers grew up and where his religious conservative family still resides.
Emily’s tragic story and triumphant recovery is covered in detail in this installment of The Bachelor Files: Emily Maynard was engaged to former NASCAR Busch Series and Craftsman Truck Series driver Ricky Hendrick for about six months when he died tragically in a plane crash along with nine others while en route to a race at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Virginia on October 24, 2004.
From Catchfence.com: En route from North Carolina to Martinsville Speedway to watch the Subway 500, which would later be triumphed by Hendrick Motorsports driver Jimmie Johnson, the plane apparently trickled into dense fog, before slamming into the Bull Mountain area tragically killing all ten passengers aboard.Ricky’s father Rick Hendrick talked with Scene Daily in June of 2005: “Emily came over to the house the night after the memorial service and told us [Hendrick and his wife, Linda] she was pregnant,” Hendrick said. Emily Maynard’s name surfaced in the tabloids in late 2006 when rumors linked her to NASCAR driver Dale Earhardt, Jr.