Hendrick is forced to pay overdue OT

By wire services
Published October 2, 2005

CONCORD, N.C. - Hendrick Motorsports will pay more than $350,000 in back overtime wages to employees after an investigation found the racing company violated federal labor laws.

The company, which designs, builds and races cars in NASCAR, acknowledged it failed to pay 214 salaried production workers $351,783 in overtime between July 2003 and July 2005.

The U.S. Labor Department said it determined Hendrick violated the Fair Labor Standards Act.

"We certainly wanted to make sure our employees received any compensation to which they were entitled, so we were glad to make the appropriate payments," Hendrick spokesman Jesse Essex told the Associated Press in an e-mail. "We've updated our internal policies and do not anticipate any ongoing issues."

NHRA: Series points leader Tony Schumacher backed up a quarter-mile run of 4.437 seconds from late Friday with a 4.490 (at 331.77 mph) to set a Top Fuel national record in qualifying for the NHRA Nationals at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Ill.

Schumacher is the No.1 qualifier for the sixth event in a row. Eliminations are today.

The other top qualifiers are Cruz Pedregon (Funny Car) and Greg Anderson (Pro Stock).

Pedregon's 4.680 pass at 330.80 mph on Friday was the second-quickest ever in Funny Car and it led the quickest field in the class' history. He ran 4.741 Saturday.

Anderson's pass Friday (6.646, 207.27) was second-quickest ever in his class and his two runs at 6.674 on Saturday led the quickest Pro Stock field ever.