CONCORD, N.C. – The haulers are loaded up and en route to Michigan International Speedway where the Hendrick Motorsports drivers will continue digging for another win.
A win this weekend would be the organization’s ninth overall at Michigan. Hendrick Motorsports drivers throughout the years have also logged 49 top-five finishes, 90 top-10s and 11 pole positions at the track.
A total of 2,371 laps led is also on the organization’s resume, with Jeff Gordon leading that effort with 1,059 laps led at Michigan.
However, before the gloves go on and the seatbelts get tightened, take a look back at these three notable Hendrick Motorsports moments at Michigan International Speedway.
June 10, 2001 and Aug. 17, 2014: Twice in his career at Michigan, Gordon claimed the win after starting from the pole position. In 2001 he earned the pole with a speed of 188.25 mph and led 143 laps of the event. Although he lost the lead with two laps remaining, he regained control of it on the final lap. In 2014, Gordon’s qualifying speed was a bit higher at 206.558 mph. Although he did not grab the lead at the green, the driver led several times throughout the 400-mile race and ultimately took home the trophy.
June 15, 2014: The organization had a solid team effort this week at Pocono with three top-six finishes. Similarly, in the June 2014 race at Michigan, all four Hendrick Motorsports drivers finished inside the top seven, with Jimmie Johnson leading the way with the win. Kasey Kahne, Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr. all followed closely in fifth, sixth and seventh, respectively.
June 14, 2015: Hendrick Motorsport’s most recent pole at Michigan International Speedway came just last year at the June race. Kahne hit the track in his No. 5 Great Clips Chevrolet SS and laid down a qualifying lap time of 35.645-seconds. After leading one lap, the driver ended up taking home a 15th-place finish in the rain-shortened 138-lap race. The pole was Kahne’s 27th of his career and stands as his most recent as well.