CLOSE ON 300: Hendrick Motorsports is just three paid wins away from its 300th NASCAR Cup Series victory. Twenty drivers combined to reach the organization’s current total of 297, the most Cup Series wins by any team. With six paid wins in 2023, the team recorded its 36th multi-winning Cup Series season while maintaining a streak of at least two wins per season over the past 30 years. The organization has gone on the road to victory at more racetracks (31) than any other active team.
HIGHLIGHTS: In addition to 300 Cup Series victories, Hendrick Motorsports is approaching several other milestones. With 244 poles rewarded, the team is now only six out of 250 at Cup level. Additionally, Hendrick Motorsports Motors has recorded 495 NASCAR National Series wins and only needs five more to hit 500.
XFINITY RIDES AGAIN: Hendrick Motorsports will make the third of its five NASCAR Xfinity Series starts this season at Pocono Raceway. As announced last week, Chase Elliott will drive the car. Entry is also scheduled to make starts at Watkins Glen International with Alex Bowman and Darlington Raceway with Kyle Larson. Greg Ives will serve as the team’s crew chief, marking a reunion with Elliott as the two won the 2014 Xfinity Championship together. The team’s previous two Xfinity departures this season have resulted in runners-up (William Byron at Circuit of The Americas) and third (Larson at Sonoma Raceway). The organization has one championship and 26 series wins, with Tony Stewart recording the last victory to date at Daytona International Speedway in 2009.
EDGE OF SEVENTEEN: For Xfinity races, the Chevrolet Camaro will wear #17 with sponsorship from HendrickCars.com. #17 holds special significance to the Hendrick Motorsports family as it is the same number that Ricky Hendrick drove and won in the NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series. That number has won 39 times in the history of the Xfinity Series, and two of the four drivers to win there – Darrell Waltrip and Terry Labonte – would go on to win in the Cup Series with Hendrick Motorsports.
CLASSIFY AND STORE: The Concord, NC team’s 19 wins at Pocono are fourth all-time by track. The only tracks where Hendrick Motorsports has had more success are Martinsville Speedway (28 wins), Dover Motor Speedway (22 wins) and Charlotte Motor Speedway (21 wins).
NINE TO GET 19: Nine drivers accounted for the 19 victories of the Rick Hendrick-owned team at the “Tricky Triangle”. Jeff Gordon leads the way with six. Tim Richmond and Jimmie Johnson each had three wins, while Dale Earnhardt Jr. had two triumphs on the 2.5-mile track. Bowman, Elliott, Labonte, Geoff Bodine and Kasey Kahne have each won once. Bowman and Elliott’s victories have come in two of the last three Pocono races.
POCONO POWER: From August 2012 to August 2014, Hendrick Motorsports won five consecutive races at the Long Pond, Pennsylvania site. That run included Gordon’s record sixth win at the track, which has since been tied, as well as Earnhardt Jr.’s 2014 sweep. The five-race streak is the longest consecutive winning streak for a racing team at Pocono.
FOUR SCORE: Since the start of the 1986 season, Hendrick Motorsports has had 17 instances where a driver has won four wins in the first 20 races of the year. Byron is the newest to do so this year and joins Larson (2021) as the team’s second driver to do so in the past three years. Others to have accomplished this in team history are Richmond (1986), Waltrip (1989), Gordon (1995-1999, 2004 and 2007), Johnson (2004, 2007, 2010, 2013 and 2015) and Martin (2009).
STRIPED AGAIN: In the last 10 points-paying races since Dover in May, Hendrick Motorsports has had at least one driver in the top five. Hendrick Motorsports’ most recent streak of the same length came in 2013 during the Chicagoland Speedway 10-race playoffs at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
BOARD TOP: In the Next Gen era (2022-present), Hendrick Motorsports has won the most races (17) of any team. This total is six more than the next closest team. During that span, all four riders in its lineup – Byron (six), Larson (five), Elliott (five) and Bowman (one) – scored wins.