Rick Hendrick challenges Jimmie Johnson

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Rick Hendrick thought he made a bold statement last year when he predicted that all four of his cars would make the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

He unexpectedly put an enormous amount of pressure on his team, which he didn’t realize until he heard Jeff Gordon talk about the pressure of rallying to make the Chase in order to fulfill that goal.

So how does Hendrick approach 2013?

“I feel more confident this year than last year,” Hendrick said last week.

So much for not putting more pressure on his teams again this year.

But Hendrick talked from the heart when previewing the 2013 season. And he has reason to believe his organization could be better than in 2012, when he had four drivers in the top 12, 10 victories but no championship.

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