CONCORD, N.C. -- This weekend, Hendrick Motorsports has a chance to reach a lofty milestone.
Cars fielded by Hendrick Motorsports have recorded 999 top-five finishes since the organization was founded by Rick Hendrick in 1984.
And this weekend is as good as any to top the 1,000 mark – New Hampshire Motor Speedway is one of 13 racetracks where the organization has tallied more than 40 top-five finishes.
“I enjoy racing at New Hampshire,” Dale Earnhardt Jr. said. “The track is great. It’s always been one of my favorite stops – it’s always a nice challenge to figure out how to get around the track itself and the racing is pretty fun.”
So far this season, the four Hendrick Motorsports drivers have compiled a total of 19 top-fives, led by Chase Elliott and Jimmie Johnson with six apiece.
The team record for top-five finishes in a season came in 2007, when the organization boasted 57. Hendrick Motorsports also topped 50 top-fives in the 2012 campaign, and has amassed more than 30 in a season 18 times, including every campaign from 2003-2015.
Rick Hendrick’s first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series top-five result also was his first win – with driver Geoff Bodine on April 29, 1984, at Martinsville Speedway.
To date, Hendrick Motorsports has totals of 242 victories, 208 pole positions, 999 top-five finishes and 1,667 top-10 finishes in Sprint Cup competition. Its teams have led 65,416 laps since 1984.
At New Hampshire in particular, the organization has nine wins, six pole positions, 42 top-five finishes and 72 top-10s. Kasey Kahne most recently visited Victory Lane for the organization at the track in 2012.