CONCORD, N.C. -- The four Hendrick Motorsports teams will be heading to New England to take on the 1.058-mile track this Sunday.
While it's been nine seasons since a Hendrick Motorsports driver has taken the checkered flag at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, the organization has broken several droughts already this year. In 2021, the organization has ended winless streaks of 23 races at Richmond Raceway, 13 races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, 12 races at Pocono Raceway and nine races at Sonoma Raceway.
Right now, Hendrick Motorsports has gone 14 races at New Hampshire without a win. However, each driver has at least one victory under his belt this season for a total of 10 victories in a 21-race span.
Take a look at the best stats for the four teammates as they get ready to head and vie for the organization’s 11th victory of 2021. Be sure to tune in this Sunday at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN to catch all the action.
- Over the last nine NASCAR Cup Series points races, Hendrick Motorsports has won seven times, finished 1-2 on four occasions, won 10 of 19 stages, and led 1,255 of 1,838 laps raced (68%). With 36 total entries across the nine events, the team has scored 19 top-five finishes and 24 top-10s.
- Through 21 of 36 points-paying races in 2021, Hendrick Motorsports has won 10 times, which is tied for the team record at this point in a season. Its 16 stage wins are the most ever by any organization in the first 21 races. Hendrick Motorsports has scored its third-most top-five finishes (34), second-most top-10s (51) and fourth-most laps led (2,003) after 21 points events.
- On Sunday at New Hampshire, Hendrick Motorsports will seek its 40th consecutive Cup Series points race with at least one of its Chevrolet race cars inside the top-10 finishers. If it occurs, the team will go into NASCAR’s two-week Olympics break having tied its third-longest streak of top-10s, matching the 1996 and 1997 seasons. The organization’s most consecutive top-10 results came from 2006 to 2008 when it ran off an all-time Cup Series record string of 87. The team’s second-best streak is 51 in a row, which happened from 2011 to 2013.
- In 10 Cup Series starts at the 1.058-mile New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Kyle Larson has four top-five finishes – including three runner-up finishes – and five top-10s. In three NASCAR Xfinity Series starts at “The Magic Mile,” the 28-year-old driver has two top-five finishes. In 2012, Larson led 15 laps en route to victory in his only ARCA Menards Series East start at the New England track.
- Chase Elliott is set to make his eighth NASCAR Cup Series start at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday. In 2018, he led 23 laps on the way to a fifth-place finish – his best result at the 1.058-mile oval. Elliott also earned a pair of top-10 finishes in two NASCAR Xfinity Series starts at the track.
- Of all the tracks on the NASCAR circuit, New Hampshire Motor Speedway has always been a good one for driver William Byron. He has three previous Cup Series starts under his belt at the 1.058-mile oval, all resulting in top-15 finishes. In fact, with an average finish of 12.33, NHMS is Byron’s second-best track based on average finishes.
- Alex Bowman will make his 10th start at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday afternoon. Bowman’s best finish at the 1.058-mile oval came in 2018 when the team finished 11th after rolling off eighth. In 2018, the 28-year-old driver made his first start in the No. 88 Chevrolet when it was announced that he would take over for injured Dale Earnhardt Jr. for 10 events. Bowman has two starts in the NASCAR Xfinity Series at the New Hampshire-based venue. In 2011, he made two starts at the track in the ARCA Menards Series East where he completed 100% of the total laps and had an average finish of ninth.