CONCORD, N.C. -- The NASCAR Cup Series will head to Daytona International Speedway on Saturday for the final race of the 2021 regular season. While all four Hendrick Motorsports drivers are locked into the playoffs after Saturday's event, a win at the superspeedway would bolster the organization's momentum heading into the postseason.
Luckily for Hendrick Motorsports, it is tied with Wood Brothers Racing for the most wins at Daytona with 15 and owns the record for the most pole positions (21), top-five finishes (59), top-10s (103) and laps led (2,164).
Take a look at some of Hendrick Motorsports' stats as the four drivers get ready to take on "The World Center of Racing." The race will begin on Saturday at 7 p.m. ET and air on NBC.
- Seven different drivers have won for Hendrick Motorsports on the 2.5-mile Daytona oval: Jeff Gordon (six wins), Jimmie Johnson (three), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (two), Geoff Bodine, Tim Richmond, Darrell Waltrip and William Byron.
- Hendrick Motorsports has 43 combined NASCAR victories at the sprawling Daytona International Speedway facility. The team has finished first in 15 points-paying Cup Series races on the oval, including eight prestigious DAYTONA 500s. It has won 16 DAYTONA 500 Duel qualifying races, seven of the Clash at DAYTONA non-points exhibitions and four times in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Hendrick Motorsports has also won one Cup race on the track’s road course.
- No team has more NASCAR Cup Series superspeedway wins than Hendrick Motorsports. The organization has won points-paying races at the big tracks of Daytona and Talladega a combined 28 times with 11 different drivers. Wood Brothers Racing is second with 20 all-time superspeedway victories.
- In 2017, Kyle Larson led the field with one lap to go in the DAYTONA 500. However, his Chevrolet ran out of fuel on the final lap and he coasted to a 12th-place finish. In 14 starts at the 2.5-mile track, Larson has five top-10 finishes, including a 10th-place result in this year’s DAYTONA 500.
- Chase Elliott will make his 23rd superspeedway start in the Cup Series on Saturday at Daytona. In the driver of the No. 9’s previous 22 races, he has started on the front row seven times, including five from the pole position. Elliott has garnered six top-five finishes, seven top-10s and led 263 laps. In April 2019, Elliott earned his first superspeedway victory at Talladega Superspeedway. The driver of the No. 9 Chevrolet also has two Duel qualifying race wins at Daytona (2017 and 2018) and was in position to win the 2017 DAYTONA 500 before running out of fuel from the lead on lap 198 of 200.
- While superspeedway racing brings a lot of uncertainty, William Byron seems to take to that style of racing well. In the past four superspeedway races, Byron has three top-10 finishes, including one win, which is tied for the most in the field with Hendrick Motorsports teammate Elliott and Denny Hamlin. Last year, Byron locked himself into the 2020 playoffs after racing his way to his first Cup Series career win under the lights at the summer Daytona event.
- Alex Bowman will be making his 11th start in the Cup Series at the Florida-based superspeedway this weekend. The Tucson, Arizona, native has two poles, three second-place starting spots and two top-10s at Daytona. Bowman captured the DAYTONA 500 pole position in 2018 and earlier this season after posting a top speed of 191.26 mph.
- Over the last 13 NASCAR Cup Series points races, Hendrick Motorsports has won eight times and is the only organization to go to victory lane more than once. In that span, the team has scored seven runner-up results, finished 1-2 on five occasions (most), won 11 of 27 stages (most), and led 1,534 of 2,516 laps raced (61%). With 52 total entries across the most recent 13 events, the team has scored 25 top-five finishes (most) and 34 top-10s (most).