CONCORD, N.C. – This Sunday, Hendrick Motorsports returns to the site of Chase Elliott's first career win -- Watkins Glen International.
Take a look at how the organization and it's brigade of drivers have fared at the 11-turn road coarse.
- Hendrick Motorsports owns the all-time record for the most wins (16), poles (17), top-five finishes (58), top-10s (104) and laps led (1,512) on road courses. At the New York-based track, the organization’s 33 starts accumulate for seven wins, six pole positions, 19 top-five finishes and 37 top-10s.
- Three drivers for the organization are currently in position to make the 16-driver NASCAR Cup Series playoffs at the end of the regular season. Chase Elliott and Alex Bowman have essentially locked in their spots by finding Victory Lane and rank eighth and 11th, respectively, in the standings. William Byron is currently 12th, with Jimmie Johnson 17th, just 12 points behind the cutoff line.
- Elliott earned the organization's most recent victory at the road course when he won the event last season to capture his first career NASCAR Cup Series trip to Victory Lane. The win made Elliott the ninth-youngest first-time winner in the Cup Series (22 years, eight months, eight days) and the youngest road-course winner of all time. In his previous eight starts on a road course, he has collected one win, two top-five finishes, four top-10s and a total of 64 laps led. The driver has also started inside the top five in each of the last five road course races. In the Dawsonville, Georgia, native's previous three starts at The Glen, he averages a finishing position of 9.0 – the third-best average of active drivers.
- Byron may only have one start at “The Glen” but the driver has visited the track many times throughout his racing career. In the Cup Series’ last five races this season, the sophomore driver has the second-best average finish in the Cup field of 8.8. In his three previous national starts at the 2.45-mile track, Byron has never finished outside the top-10 running order. Last year, the Charlotte, North Carolina, native had one of the best races of his Cup rookie season, qualifying 16th and racing to a solid eighth-place finish at Watkins Glen. Previous to his Cup start, he made his Watkins Glen debut in the 2015 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race, starting second and finishing seventh. He raced at the venue in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2017, qualifying 17th and crossing the line 10th.
- Johnson owns a top-10 starting position at Watkins Glen (7.9) and has earned eight top-10 finishes at the New York road course, including four top-five results. His best finish at The Glen is third, as it remains one of the four tracks where he has yet to score a win along with Chicagoland Speedway, Kentucky Speedway and the road course at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Since 2018, Johnson has six top-10 stage finishes on road courses, which is tied for the most in the Cup Series during that span.
- Since 2018, Bowman has averaged a finish of 10.25 on road course events in the NASCAR Cup Series. This number ranks sixth on the list of average finishes for drivers on a road course since last season. The 26-year-old also hasn’t finished outside the top 14 in a road course event since June of last year. Bowman’s best road-course finish of fourth came at the Charlotte Motor Speedway "roval" in September 2018. The driver of the No. 88 Chevy has captured five top-10 stage finishes in road course events since last season, which ranks him second behind three drivers tied for first with six top-10 stage finishes in that span.
Be sure to catch all four Hendrick Motorsports teammates in Sunday's 90-lap race from Watkins Glen. Live coverage begins at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN.