CONCORD, N.C. -- Hendrick Motorsports has some hot stats and cool numbers when it comes to Michigan International Speedway. The organization has won eight races at the 2-mile track and will look to add a ninth victory to its résumé on Sunday.
While all four Hendrick Motorsports drivers have secured their spots in the playoffs by virtue of a win, placing well at Michigan could bolster their playoff positioning even more. Kyle Larson, William Byron and Chase Elliott all are in the top five of the regular-season standings, which has an impact on how many playoff points they will receive when the playoffs begin in two weeks.
Take a look at some of Hendrick Motorsports' stats as the four drivers get ready to take on the Brooklyn, Michigan, track on Sunday. The race will begin at 3 p.m. ET and air on NBCSN.
- Hendrick Motorsports holds the track records for pole positions (11), top-10 finishes (105) and laps led (2,502). Five different drivers have gone to victory lane there for car owner Rick Hendrick: Jeff Gordon (three Cup Series wins), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (two), Jimmie Johnson, Mark Martin and Ricky Rudd.
- In 12 starts at the 2-mile Michigan International Speedway, Larson has three wins, five top-five finishes, six top-10s and has led 150 laps. His three wins occurred consecutively from August 2016 through August 2017. The circuit located in the Irish Hills of Michigan is the only Cup Series track where Larson has scored multiple victories.
- Elliott currently holds the best all-time average finish (7.7) of drivers with more than two starts at Michigan. He has placed inside the top 10 in nine of his 10 career Cup Series starts at the 2-mile oval. The Dawsonville, Georgia, native has also collected three top-five finishes at Michigan, all of which were runner-up results. His nine top-10 finishes at the 2-mile venue are more than his total top-10s at any other track.
- With eight NASCAR national series starts at Michigan International Speedway under his belt, Byron will add one more to his résumé this Sunday. Of those eight races, six came at the Cup level where he has a track-best starting position of third and a track-best finish of eighth - both in August 2019.
- Alex Bowman will be making his 12th start in the NASCAR Cup Series at Michigan International Speedway this weekend. Bowman’s best qualifying effort of fourth came in the fall of 2019. The Tucson, Arizona, native has four starts in the NASCAR Xfinity Series at the 2-mile oval. Bowman has one pole (2016), one top-five finish and three top-15s at the track in the series. In 2015, Bowman made one start at the Michigan-based facility in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and finished 11th after 100 laps.
- Hendrick Motorsports has led 2,126 laps in 2021 – the most of any team. The organization has led 355 more laps than next-best Joe Gibbs Racing and 548 more than the third- through eighth-ranked teams combined. Team Penske has led 971 laps, followed by Chip Ganassi Racing (217), Stewart-Haas Racing (176), Roush Fenway Racing (79), Trackhouse (74) and Wood Brothers Racing (61).
- Over the last 12 NASCAR Cup Series points races, Hendrick Motorsports has won eight times, scored six runner-up results (the most), finished 1-2 on five occasions (most), won 10 of 25 stages (most), and led 1,378 of 2,316 laps raced (59%). With 48 total entries across the most recent 12 events, the team has scored 23 top-five finishes (most) and 31 top-10s (most).
- After 24 of 36 points-paying races in 2021, the four-car Hendrick Motorsports stable has won 11 times, which is tied for its most ever at this time of the year. Its 16 stage wins are tied for the most in history by any organization going into the 25th points race. Hendrick Motorsports has its most top-five finishes (38) and posted its fourth-most laps led (2,126) at the 24-event mark. The team’s 58 top-10s in 2021 represent the second-most by an organization ever at this point in a season.