CONCORD, NC — The first thing Rick Hendrick thought of when Kyle Larson crossed the finish line to win the Coca-Cola 600 was on April 29, 1984.
That’s when Hendrick won his first as NASCAR Cup Series owner when Geoff Bodine grabbed the Sovran Bank 500 at Martinsville Speedway.
Little did Hendrick know that 37 years later he would be the owner of the most wins in NASCAR Cup Series history. Larson’s victory over at Charlotte Motor Speedway gave Hendrick Motorsports a record-breaking 269 win over Petty Enterprises.
“Unbelievable,” said Hendricks, “I can’t live in my brain right now.”
“With nearly 40 years of excellence, Hendrick Motorsports has set the gold standard for team racing success,” said NASCAR President and CEO Jim France. Scar And now it adds another amazing achievement to an exemplary NASCAR career.”
Hendricks said he was delighted to have the stats behind it. while admiring Richard Petty was quick for his role in NASCAR.
“Richard Petty is the king of NASCAR. And he has done a lot for this sport,” Hendrix said.
Hendrix calls it It was “very neat”; that Larson broke the record for driving the No. 5, the same number as Bodine’s car a decade ago.
“It feels great to be the person who helped Mr. H break that record,” Larson said.
Hendricks said he didn’t care which of his four Cup drivers won on Sunday. As long as one of them wins
And it seems that the four of them had that opportunity.
It was an impressive night for Hendrick Motorsports, with all four riders finishing in the top five, Chase Elliott second, William Byron fourth and Alex Bowman fifth.
Kyle Busch is Joe Gibbs Racing’s third
It’s also the sixth win in 16 races this season for Hendrick Motorsports, and this one isn’t even close.
Larson, who joined Hendrick this season, ended a six-year struggle at Charlotte, led 328 of 400 laps and won four stages.
Larson’s previous best performance at Charlotte was fifth in 2016, and he’s only in the top 10 finishes at Coca-Cola 600. Larson dominated most of the race. Becoming the first racer since Busch in 2018 to sweep all stages, it earned Larson a top 10 title this year.
“He’s got a great talent as you can see from some of the moves he makes,” Hendrick said, “and he wants to win and give his best. He’s all business.”
Busch appears to have resigned because he won’t be chasing Larson despite about 100 laps remaining.
Asked after the first three steps by a Fox Sports critic what he had to do to catch the lead, Busch joked: “I’m going to have to destroy him – they’re too soon.”
In a year of equality that 11 riders have won in their first 14 races, Larson has become just the third rider to have multiple victories this season. He also won an award in Las Vegas.
Two-time Coca-Cola 600 winner Martin Truex Jr. is one of the favorites to win. But his hopes ended when his left front tire was flat with 60 laps remaining and his crew tried to take it off. Tires from rims ruin your chances of winning.
More than 50,000 fans attended the event after the restrictions on COVID-19 were lifted. About a week before the race
Two-time heavyweight boxer Tyson Fury and singer Pitbull join in, with Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey serving as honorary driver and Jay Leno and Kevin Eubanks as senior officials.
Hendricks has won six of his 15 competitions this season. It was the Coca-Cola 600’s 12th win for Hendrick Motorsports, but the organization’s first since Jimmie Johnson took the checkered flag in 2014.
Denny Hamlin, who won seven races last season. Still searching for his first win of the year with 16 races in the books, Hamlin was so unsuccessful that Charlotte Motor Speedway was unable to register a Cup Series win here in 30 races. He finished seventh.
“I’m doing everything I can. But the gains were not good,” Hamlin said on the radio with about 70 rounds remaining.
NASCAR heads to California for the Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway next Sunday for a return to street racing.