Since 1984, Hendrick Motorsports has visited victory lane a record-setting 300 times in the NASCAR Cup Series. Along the way, seven different numbers have been used for these wins, split among 20 different drivers. However, several unique numbers have also been used in the team's history of competing at the highest level of stock car racing.
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From the early days of the organization to winning championships in the modern Cup Series, these are the victorious and unique numbers of Hendrick Motorsports.
No. 17: 9 Wins
Beginning in 1987, future NASCAR Hall of Fame member Darrell Waltrip piloted the No. 17 entry for Hendrick Motorsports. The move saw the three-time Cup Series champion join the team as a third full-time entry with Geoff Bodine and Benny Parsons as teammates.
During his four seasons with Hendrick Motorsports, Waltrip piloted his No. 17 vehicle to nine victories, including two 600-mile events at Charlotte Motor Speedway and the 1989 DAYTONA 500. The race-winning car from his crown jewel triumph in Daytona is on display at the Hendrick Motorsports Museum.
No. 88: 11 Wins
Two drivers have earned checkered flags a Hendrick Motorsports-backed No. 88 entry. The number was first run by Dale Earnhardt Jr. when he joined the team in 2008. During that time, Earnhardt Jr. earned nine checkered flags, including the 2014 DAYTONA 500.
After Earnhardt Jr. was sidelined in 2016 due to a concussion, Alex Bowman was called upon as a substitute driver for 10 races in the No. 88. While the results did not yield a victory, Bowman was tapped to drive the car full-time for the 2018 season. In his three campaigns with this number on the door, Bowman won two races.
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No. 25: 17 Wins
Since its first appearance in 1986, the No. 25 entry has been taken to victory lane by six different drivers for Hendrick Motorsports. Tim Richmond was the first to claim this honor, winning nine races for the team, including the 1986 Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. Following Richmond, Ken Schrader earned 4 victories with the number from 1989 to 1996.
Schrader remains the most recent driver to earn multiple victories in the No. 25 entry. Jerry Nadeau, Joe Nemechek, Brian Vickers, and Casey Mears each accounted for a single victory with the number during their careers with Hendrick Motorsports.
No. 9: 18 Wins
Prior to the beginning of the 2018 season, Chase Elliott switched from the No. 24 entry to the No. 9 - the same number that his father had made famous during his career. While the team itself did not change personnel, the results saw a noticeable increase in performance.
Since piloting the No. 9, Elliott has earned 18 victories in the Cup Series. Not only does this earn him the third spot on the Hendrick Motorsports all-time wins list, but the 2020 Cup Series champion remains the only driver in the team's history to take the No. 9 to victory lane.
No. 5: 54 Wins
The history of the No. 5 entry dates back to the beginnings of Hendrick Motorsports. Geoff Bodine earned the first five victories in team history with the number, ultimately finishing with seven victories in the No. 5. Ricky Rudd followed Bodine with four victories in four seasons before Terry Labonte took over the car for the 1994 season. In 11 full-time campaigns, Labonte earned 12 victories with the No. 5 on his door.
From 2005 to 2017, the No. 5 entry took home 15 victories with three different drivers. Kyle Busch (four), Mark Martin (five), and Kasey Kahne (six) each tallied multiple wins with the historic number during their time spent behind the wheel.
Following the number's three-year absence from competition, Kyle Larson was tapped to drive the No. 5 HendrickCars.com Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for the 2021 Cup Series season. In his first season with Rick Hendrick's organization, Larson compiled a championship-winning season that saw him score 10 victories while also taking home a million-dollar prize with a win in the 2021 NASCAR All-Star Race. In 2022, he earned three victories and surpassed Labonte to become the winningest driver in the No. 5 entry for Hendrick Motorsports. So far in 2023, Larson has three victories to give him 16 in the No. 5.
No. 48: 88 Wins
From 2001 to 2020, Jimmie Johnson made the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports entry famous as he earned 83 victories with the number. Among these 83 victories came 12 crown jewel wins with two DAYTONA 500 titles, four wins during the 600-mile race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, two Southern 500 triumphs, as well as four victories at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Following Johnson's retirement from the Cup Series in 2020, Bowman moved over from the No. 88 entry to pilot the No. 48 car full-time in 2021. In his first campaign with the new number, the Tucson, Arizona, native notched four victories and became the second driver in team history to win in with the number. Bowman brought the total number of wins to 88 after taking the checkered flag in Las Vegas Motor Speedway during the third race of the 2022 season.
No. 24: 103 Wins
Jeff Gordon's 93 wins are the most from any Hendrick Motorsports driver, with all of his victories coming in the iconic No. 24 entry. After taking his first triumph in 1994 during the 600-mile race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Gordon never looked back. Along the way, he took home 17 crown jewel events, the most by any driver in Cup Series history.
The additional nine victories have come from the current pilot of the No. 24 entry, William Byron. The 25-year-old driver earned the first victory of his career in 2020 at Daytona International Speedway and picked up three more in 2021 and 2022. The 2023 season has been a breakout campaign for Byron for six victories, including the 100th win for the iconic car number in May at Darlington Raceway. Byron earned the 300th Cup Series win for Hendrick Motorsports at Texas Motor Speedway in Sept. 2023.
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Unique numbers to make multiple starts
Team owner Rick Hendrick drove this number to a 15th-place finish at Riverside International Raceway in 1988. The number would return in 1990 for 13 starts with Greg Sacks, including his pole position for the 1990 summer race at Daytona.
To this day, Benny Parsons remains the only driver to compete under the No. 35 entry for Hendrick Motorsports. Parsons made 29 starts for the organization during the 1987 season with veteran crew chief Harry Hyde atop the pit box. Although Parsons was unable to capture a checkered flag, he and Hyde earned three runner-up finishes together.
In 2005, Labonte ran a partial season in the No. 44 as he made nine starts in the number for the team.
Nos. 46 and 51
While the Nos. 46 and 51 vehicles were featured in the 1990 film 'Days of Thunder', they actually competed on track at one point. In an effort to get action shots of the cars on track for the major motion picture, both the No. 46 City Chevrolet and the No. 51 entry were scored during the second to last race of 1989 at Phoenix Raceway and the 1990 Southern 500. Sacks drove the No. 46 entry in both starts while the No. 51 was first piloted by Bobby Hamilton at Phoenix and then by Hut Stricklin at Darlington.
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To celebrate the 50th season of Cup Series racing, Hendrick Motorsports changed the number of their classic No. 25 over to the No. 50 for the 1998 season. The entry was split between Ricky Craven, Wally Dallenbach Jr., and Randy LaJoie for the full schedule. LaJoie would earn the best finish of the season for the team, a fifth-place finish at Martinsville Speedway. The No. 25 returned the following season.
Nos. 60 and 84
Both the Nos. 60 and 84 made limited starts in the 2003 and 2004 seasons. In 2003, David Green piloted the car for two races, while Brian Vickers drove it in one. In the 2004 season, Kyle Busch drove the No. 84 for six races throughout the season.