CONCORD, N.C. – 2021 did not disappoint.
From sweeping the front row for the DAYTONA 500 with drivers Alex Bowman and William Byron to arriving in Phoenix with Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott as Championship 4 contenders that ultimately led to Larson winning the organization’s record-extending 14th Cup Series championship, Hendrick Motorsports had a year to remember.
With the start of the new year just days away, let’s take a look back at 10 of our most popular tweets from 2021.
10. Bowman secured the pole position for the 2021 DAYTONA 500 with Byron posting the second-fastest lap time, earning the outside pole position. This was the second time Bowman and Byron shared the front row together for the 500-mile race. In 2019, Byron was the pole sitter and Bowman earned the outside pole position.
9. Elliott won the inaugural race at Circuit of The Americas, giving Hendrick Motorsports its 268th victory that tied the organization with the legendary Petty Enterprises for the all-time NASCAR Cup Series team record. The door panel off the race-winning No. 9 LLumar Chevrolet was signed by Elliott, crew chief Alan Gustafson, team owner Rick Hendrick and seven-time champion driver Richard Petty and auctioned off with all proceeds benefitting Victory Junction.
8. The No. 48 Ally Chevrolet honored former teammates Bryce Whitson and Rowdy Harrell, along with his wife Blakely, with a remembrance decal all season long.
7. Hendrick Motorsports surpassed Petty Enterprises’ all-times win record after Larson dominated and won the Charlotte 600, earning the organization’s 269th Cup Series victory.
6. Fans got excited to see Larson’s No. 5 NationsGuard Chevrolet getting ready to be loaded for his first race with Hendrick Motorsports – the DAYTONA 500.
5. Elliott was presented with his 2020 championship ring on Feb. 1, 2021 – the same night the driver of the No. 9 Chevrolet was honored by the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame with his own exhibit that displays items from his racing career.
4. NASCAR legend and Hall of Famer Jeff Gordon was named vice chairman of Hendrick Motorsports, making him the second-ranking team official to chairman and majority owner Hendrick.
3. The No. 5 HendrickCars.com Chevrolet team, including Larson’s son Owen, posed with the Cup Series championship trophy on Phoenix Raceway’s front stretch after winning the race and the title.
2. Larson scored his first NASCAR Cup Series regular-season championship before heading into his fifth NASCAR playoffs.
1. Hendrick Motorsports celebrated its first ever 1-2-3-4 finish after Bowman led the brigade to the finish line at Dover. The drivers and their dominant Chevrolets were on hand to enjoy the historic win.