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Ricky Hendrick's former fiancee wins 'The Bachelor'

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Emily Maynard, Ricky Hendrick's former fiancee, was selected by Brad Womack on the season finale of ABC's "The Bachelor" on Monday night.

Maynard, 24, was engaged to Hendrick, the son of team owner Rick Hendrick, when he and seven others were killed in the Hendrick Motorsports plane crash in October of 2004. However, in the special after the season finale, Maynard said that marriage isn't on the immediate horizon even though the couple are still engaged.

Reality Steve, a popular reality show site which has correctly predicted the winners of all of "The Bachelor" seasons, originally picked Maynard to finish second, but switched the pick midseason, saying that Maynard would be the winner.

That favorite status led to increased scrutiny, and Maynard was the subject of tabloid rumors that haven't yet been brought up publicly in NASCAR press rooms to anyone with Hendrick Motorsports. In fact, "The Bachelor" has largely been ignored -- and let's be honest, it's with good reason -- over the first three races of the Sprint Cup season.

Will "The Bachelor" dominate the Bristol media center Friday? Probably not. But since the fifth race of the season is in Fontana, Calif., just a stone's throw away from Hollywood (at least compared to Bristol), I'd wager that Maynard's television escapades -- and the rumors that arose from them -- will be addressed fairly soon.

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