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Hendrick Motorsports
Hendrick Motorsports Logo.svg
Owner(s) Rick Hendrick
Linda Hendrick
Jeff Gordon
Base 4400 Papa Joe Hendrick Blvd, Charlotte, North Carolina, 28262
Series Sprint Cup Series
Car numbers 0, 1, 2, 5, 9, 14, 15, 17, 18, 24, 25, 35, 42, 44, 46, 47, 48, 50, 51, 52, 57, 58, 60, 80, 84, 87, 88, 94, 95
Race drivers 5. Kasey Kahne
24. Chase Elliott (R)
48. Jimmie Johnson
88. Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
Sponsors 5. Farmers Insurance, Great Clips, LiftMaster, Pepsi, Time Warner Cable, Aquafina, HendrickRideAlong.com
24. NAPA, 3M
48. Lowe's, Kobalt Tools
88. Nationwide Insurance, Diet Mountain Dew, AMP Energy, AXALTA, Kelley Blue Book, TaxSlayer.com, Valvoline
Manufacturer Chevrolet
Opened 1984
Debut Sprint Cup Series:
1985 Daytona 500 (Daytona)
Xfinity Series:
1984 Goody's 300 (Daytona)
Camping World Truck Series:
1995 Skoal Bandit Copper World Classic (Phoenix)
Latest race

Sprint Cup Series:
2015 Ford EcoBoost 400 (Homestead)

Xfinity Series:
2009 Camping World 300 (Daytona)
Camping World Truck Series:
2013 Lucas Oil 150 (Phoenix)
Races competed 4,057 (includes starts by multiple teams in multiple series; as many as 4 or 5 starts per race)
Drivers' Championships Total: 15
Sprint Cup Series: 11
1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013
Xfinity Series: 1
Camping World Truck Series: 3
1997, 1999, 2001
Race victories Total: 291
Sprint Cup Series: 239
Xfinity Series: 26
Camping World Truck Series: 26
Pole positions Total: 265
Sprint Cup Series: 206
Xfinity Series: 36
Camping World Truck Series: 23

Hendrick Motorsports (HMS), originally named All Star Racing, is a current American auto racing team created in 1984 by Rick Hendrick. The team currently competes in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. One of stock car racing's premier organizations, Hendrick Motorsports has garnered eleven Sprint Cup Series owners and drivers championships, three Camping World Truck Series owners and drivers titles, and one Xfinity Series drivers crown, 237 Sprint Cup Series victories, 26 Xfinity Series wins, and 26 Camping World Truck Series victories.[1] As of the 2014 season, the team has won a Sprint Cup race on every track on the current circuit – except for Kentucky Speedway, which has only been on the circuit since 2011.[2]

The team currently fields four full-time Sprint Cup Series teams, including the No. 5 Farmers Insurance Group/Great Clips/LiftMaster/Pepsi/Time Warner Cable Chevrolet SS for Kasey Kahne, the No. 24 NAPA/3M Chevrolet SS for Chase Elliott, the No. 48 Lowe's/Kobalt Tools Chevrolet SS for Jimmie Johnson, and the No. 88 Nationwide Insurance/Diet Mountain Dew/Kelley Blue Book Chevrolet SS for Dale Earnhardt, Jr. The team formerly fielded teams in the now-Xfinity Series before merging its efforts with JR Motorsports. The team also fielded several trucks in the Camping World Truck Series, most recently for development driver Chase Elliott in 2013. The team has fielded cars in the past for many NASCAR drivers, including Geoff Bodine, Tim Richmond, Darrell Waltrip, Benny Parsons, Ricky Rudd, Ken Schrader, Terry Labonte, Kyle Busch, Casey Mears, Mark Martin, Brian Vickers, and Jeff Gordon.

All Hendrick racecars are constructed start-to-finish at the 100-plus acre Hendrick Motorsports complex in Concord, North Carolina. More than 550 engines are built or re-built on-site each year, with the team leasing some of those to other NASCAR outfits. Hendrick Motorsports employs over 500 people that perform many day-to-day activities.[3] In 2009, Hendrick Motorsports made history by having three out of the four full-time drivers finish in the top three places in the point standings (Johnson, Martin, and Gordon).

Sprint Cup Series[edit]

Car No. 5 history[edit]

Geoff Bodine in 1985.

Hendrick Motorsports debuted in 1984 under the banner "All Star Racing" with five employees, rented equipment, and two cars, with the highest-paid person's wages at only $500/week.[4] Initially, the team had planned to field a car for seven-time Cup champion Richard Petty with funding from country music business mogul C.K. Spurlock, but the deal failed to materialize. Afterwards, Hendrick attempted to hire Dale Earnhardt, but did not. As a result, the team fielded the No. 5 Chevy Monte Carlo, driven by Geoff Bodine in 1984. After a slow start to the season, Hendrick informed Bodine and crew chief Harry Hyde that he planned to shut down the team due to funding trouble. Instead, Bodine and the team won at Martinsville Speedway, leading to sponsorship from Levi Garrett; on March 30, 2014, the 30-year anniversary of the win, Hendrick stated, "We owe Martinsville so much. If we hadn't won that race, then literally the next Monday we were going to shut it down."[5] The team won two more times and finished ninth in points. Levi Garrett returned to sponsor the No. 5 Chevy in 1985. Despite not winning a race that year, Bodine improved to fifth in points. The team briefly became a two-car operation when Dick Brooks drove the No. 1 Exxon Chevy at Charlotte Motor Speedway, in what proved to be Brooks' last NASCAR race.

Terry Labonte's No. 5 car as it looked from 1994 until 2000.

Hendrick expanded into a multi-car team full-time in 1986, with Bodine and Tim Richmond as drivers.[6] Bodine won twice in the No. 5 and posted an eighth-place finish in points. His younger brother, Brett, raced as a teammate in the World 600 that year. Bodine went winless again in 1987, finishing thirteenth in points. Bodine won one race each of the next two years before leaving for Junior Johnson in 1990.

Ricky Rudd took his place, winning once and finishing seventh in points. For 1991, the team received sponsorship from Tide as part of the car's merger with Darrell Waltrip's old team. Winning one race that year, Rudd finished a career high second in points. On the final lap of that year's race at Sears Point Raceway, second-place Rudd spun out leader Davey Allison on the last turn and went on to win. NASCAR penalized the team for rough driving and awarded Allison the win. Rudd won once each of the next two years, and then left to form his own team, taking Tide with him. Rudd's replacement was 1984 Winston Cup champion Terry Labonte.[7] The car received sponsorship from Kellogg's and their Corn Flakes brand. Labonte won three races each in 1994 and 1995, and defeated teammate Jeff Gordon for the 1996 Winston Cup championship by 37 points.[7] Labonte won one race each of the next three seasons. The 2000 season was a very difficult year for the team as two long streaks that defined Labonte's career came to an end. In the Pepsi 400, Labonte crashed his car and broke his leg. After an accident at New Hampshire damaged his inner ear, Labonte was not capable of driving, and he ended up missing two races, bringing his streak of most consecutive races to an abrupt end.[7] Todd Bodine and Ron Hornaday, Jr. subbed for Labonte. His six-year winning streak was also broken as he failed to visit victory lane that year.

At the end of the 2000 season Labonte's team switched to Kellogg's Frosted Flakes brand for its primary sponsorship. After a couple of low-key years, Labonte finished tenth in the points in 2003. He also revisited victory lane after a four-year drought, winning the Southern 500 at Darlington.[7] After slipping to twenty-sixth in points in 2004, Labonte announced his semi-retirement. He would drive a limited schedule for two years before leaving the team after the 2006 season. Labonte scored 12 victories with Hendrick Motorsports, to go along with his championship in 1996.[7]

2008 No. 5 Kellogg's / Carquest Chevrolet, driven by Casey Mears.

Hendrick tabbed development driver Kyle Busch, the younger brother of Kurt Busch, as his replacement. Busch easily won the 2005 rookie of the year battle and made history when he took the checkered flag in the Sony HD 500 at California Speedway for his first win, becoming the youngest driver to ever win a Cup Series race at the age of 20 years, 4 months, and 2 days. Busch would win later that year at Phoenix. In 2006, Kyle won once and qualified for the Chase for the Nextel Cup, ultimately finishing tenth in points. In 2007, Busch grabbed a win at the Food City 500, the inaugural race for the Car of Tomorrow. On June 13, 2007 Hendrick announced that Kyle Busch would not return to drive the No. 5 car in 2008. On September 4, 2007 it was announced that Casey Mears would drive the No. 5 in 2008.

On June 22, 2008 ESPN.com reported that Mark Martin would leave Dale Earnhardt, Inc. to replace Casey Mears in the No. 5 car for the 2009 season.[8] On Friday, July 4 at Daytona International Raceway, Hendrick and Martin announced that Martin had agreed to a two-year contract in the No. 5 car.[9]

Mark Martin scored his first win with Hendrick Motorsports at Phoenix on April 18, 2009. He became the third oldest winner and fourth driver over the age of 50 to win a Sprint Cup Series race.[10] The win was also the 36th victory and 400th top 10 of Martin's career. Martin won four more races in 2009, Darlington, Chicagoland, and New Hampshire. He also won seven pole positions in addition to finishing second in the point standings to teammate Jimmie Johnson.[11] On September 18, 2009, Hendrick announced that Martin had extended his contract through the 2011 season and would race full-time with GoDaddy.com as a primary sponsor.[12]

No. 24 car of Jeff Gordon and No.5 car Jimmie Johnson used during the 2011 All-Star Race
Kasey Kahne in 2012.

In 2010, Martin struggled, ending the season 13th in the point standings with no wins and only one pole position, which came in the Daytona 500. His season best finish of second came in October at Martinsville.[13] Lance McGrew took over as crew chief for the No. 5 in 2011 as Gustafson moved to Jeff Gordon's team. Farmers Insurance Group and Quaker State joined as sponsors of the team for a few races.[14] Martin struggled through most of the season with McGrew, not showing signs of his earlier Hendrick success. Teammate Jimmie Johnson drove the No. 5 car in the All-Star Race to promote a discount deal with Lowe's (Martin moved over to the No. 25 for the evening).[15] Martin ended the year 22nd in points, having won two pole positions, the second races at both Daytona and Talladega. The team scored only two top fives all season, a second at Dover and a fourth at Michigan.[16]

Kasey Kahne and his crew chief Kenny Francis were picked up from Red Bull Racing Team to run the No. 5 in 2012. Farmers and Quaker State returned, with Farmers increasing its sponsorship to 22 races. GoDaddy.com left for Tommy Baldwin Racing/Stewart-Haas Racing to sponsor Danica Patrick, but Time Warner Cable and Great Clips signed on as replacements.[17] After a poor start to the season, Kahne rebounded immensely and picked up a win in the Coca-Cola 600. He won again at New Hampshire in July and made the 2012 Chase, finishing a career-best 4th in standings. Kahne also won four pole positions throughout the season.[18]

Kahne's Great Clips Chevrolet at Bristol in 2015.

Kahne won twice in 2013, at Bristol in March and Pocono in August, and again qualified for the Chase in 2013. However, he fell toward the bottom of the Chase standings and ended up finishing 12th in points.[19] The team struggled immensely in 2014, and it did not appear that Kahne would qualify for the 2014 Chase until a last-minute win at Atlanta in late August locked him into the Chase field. Kahne was eliminated from the Chase following the October Talladega race (as a result of a new Chase format) and finished 15th in the final point standings.[20]

Car No. 5 career statistics[edit]

Year Car Driver Races Wins Poles Top 5s Top 10s Rank
1984 #5 Geoff Bodine 30 3 3 7 14 9
1985 28 0 3 10 14 5
1986 29 2 8 10 15 8
1987 29 0 2 3 10 13
1988 29 1 3 10 16 6
1989 29 1 3 9 11 9
1990 Ricky Rudd 29 1 2 8 15 7
1991 29 1 1 9 17 2
1992 29 1 1 9 18 7
1993 30 1 0 9 14 10
1994 Terry Labonte 31 3 0 6 14 7
1995 31 3 1 14 17 6
1996 31 2 4 21 24 1
1997 32 1 0 8 20 6
1998 33 1 0 5 15 9
1999 34 1 0 1 7 12
2000 32 0 1 3 6 17
Todd Bodine 1 0 0 0 0 49
Ron Hornaday, Jr. 1 0 0 0 0 61
2001 Terry Labonte 36 0 0 1 3 23
2002 36 0 0 1 4 24
2003 36 1 1 4 9 10
2004 36 0 0 0 6 26
2005 Kyle Busch 36 2 1 9 13 20
2006 36 1 1 10 18 10
2007 36 1 0 11 20 5
2008 Casey Mears 36 0 0 1 6 20
2009 Mark Martin 36 5 7 14 21 2
2010 36 0 1 7 11 13
2011 36 0 2 2 10 22
2012 Kasey Kahne 36 2 4 12 19 4
2013 36 2 0 11 14 12
2014 36 1 0 3 11 15
2015 36 0 0 2 5 8
Totals 1029 36 50 231 418

[21] *Season in progress

Car No. 17 history[edit]

1989 No. 17 Tide Chevy Lumina.

The No. 17 car at Hendrick Motorsports came about when Darrell Waltrip left Junior Johnson's team following the 1986 season in order to end his relationship with Budweiser. Waltrip chose to join Hendrick Motorsports with Tide as his sponsor and 17 as his car number.[22] Waltrip won nine races in his first three seasons with Hendrick, including the Daytona 500 in 1989, a race that had eluded him for many years.

While practicing for his 500th career start in the 1990 Pepsi 400 at Daytona, Waltrip's car spun in oil laid down by another car experiencing engine failure and was hit by Dave Marcis. Waltrip suffered a broken arm, a broken leg, and a concussion. He missed the Pepsi 400, but came back to run one lap at Pocono, before giving way to Jimmy Horton as a relief driver. After Pocono, Waltrip sat out the next five races due to his injuries. Despite missing six races, Waltrip finished 20th in driver points and the team finished 5th in owner points with substitute drivers taking turns in the car — Greg Sacks' second-place finish at Michigan, in August, was the best finish of the team's season. The team scored only one DNF for the season, when Sarel van der Merwe crashed late in the race at Watkins Glen. However, in the 23 races that Waltrip did start, he failed to win for the first time since 1974. At the end of the 1990 season, Waltrip decided he wanted to start his own team, so he left Hendrick Motorsports, taking the No. 17 with him. The Tide sponsorship moved to the flagship No. 5 team with Ricky Rudd as the driver and remained there until the end of the 1993 season.

Car No. 17 career statistics[edit]

Year Car Driver Races Wins Poles Top 5s Top 10s Rank
1987 #17 Darrell Waltrip 29 1 0 6 16 4
1988 2 2 10 14 7
1989 6 0 14 18 4
1990 23 0 0 5 12 20
Jimmy Horton 3 0 0 0 0 36
Greg Sacks 2 0 0 1 1 32
Sarel van der Merwe 1 0 0 0 0 78
Totals 116 9 2 36 61


Car No. 24 history[edit]

Main article: Jeff Gordon
The rainbow paint scheme in 1997.

From 1992 to 2015, the No. 24 car was driven by Jeff Gordon and was sponsored by DuPont Automotive Finishes (now Axalta Coating Systems), with Pepsi also having a long relationship with him. AARP Drive to End Hunger took over the primary sponsorship duty in 2011. Gordon and his crew chief, Ray Evernham, were signed away from Bill Davis Racing after Rick Hendrick watched Gordon's first Busch Series victory (in Davis' #1 Ford) at Atlanta Motor Speedway in March 1992.[23] The car number was originally to have been 46, a car fielded by Hendrick for Greg Sacks for the filming of Days of Thunder in 1989, but was changed after a licensing conflict with Paramount Pictures. The number 24 was selected due to it having little significance in NASCAR history prior to Gordon.[24]

Gordon at Sonoma Raceway in 2005.

Gordon debuted in the 1992 Hooters 500, with the now iconic DuPont rainbow paint scheme designed by Sam Bass,[24][25] qualifying 21st and finishing 31st following a crash. The team went full-time in 1993 with crew chief Ray Evernham. Gordon won his Twin 125 qualifying race at Daytona and finished fifth in the Daytona 500. He finished fourteenth in points and took home rookie of the year honors.[25] In 1994, Gordon won his first career race at the Coca-Cola 600 and he also won the inaugural Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis. Gordon improved to eighth in the points that year. The following year, Gordon would go on to win the 1995 Winston Cup championship. He finished 2nd behind teammate Terry Labonte for the 1996 championship.

Gordon won his second championship in 1997, after winning three of NASCAR's crown jewel races (the Daytona 500, Coca-Cola 600, and Southern 500).[25] He won his third championship and second consecutive title in 1998, and also tied Richard Petty's modern era record for most victories in a season with thirteen. Gordon won the 1999 Daytona 500, but the team struggled with consistency that year. Crew chief Ray Evernham announced he was leaving the team to help with Dodge's return to NASCAR that September. He was replaced by Brian Whitesell, who guided Gordon to wins in the first two races after Evernham's departure. At the end of the season, Gordon signed a "lifetime" contract with HMS that gave him part ownership of the team.[26]

2008 No. 24 DuPont Impala.

In 2000, Whitesell moved to a new position within the organization and was replaced by Robbie Loomis. Gordon picked up his fiftieth career victory at Talladega but finished ninth in points. For 2001, the team unveiled a new blue and red-flame scheme also designed by Sam Bass, with sponsor DuPont expanding its marketing beyond automotive finishes.[27] Gordon would bounce back with 6 wins, 6 poles, and twenty four total top finishes, winning his fourth championship. In 2002, Gordon became car owner for rookie Jimmie Johnson's #48 Lowe's Chevrolet, and announced his first wife Brooke had filed for divorce. He finished fourth in points in 2003. In 2004, Gordon finished third in the inaugural Chase for the Nextel Cup. After winning three of the first nine races in 2005 including the Daytona 500, his season fell into a downward spiral. Gordon missed the chase for the Nextel Cup and finished eleventh in points that year, which was the first time since his rookie season that he finished outside the top ten in points. 2006 was Gordon's comeback year. With the help of new crew chief Steve Letarte, Gordon would rebound to make the Chase for the Sprint Cup and finish sixth in points. In 2007, despite winning six races and scoring a modern era record thirty top 10s, Gordon wound up finishing second in points to teammate Jimmie Johnson.

In 2008 Gordon returned to the Chase, but he failed to win a race for the first time since his rookie year. Despite that statistic, he managed to enter the Chase and finish seventh in the season points standings.

At the end of the 2008 season, Gordon unveiled on The Today Show his new Firestorm paint scheme for 2009 and beyond. Gordon also broke a 47 race winless drought on April 4, 2009 at Texas, his first win at that track.

Gordon at Las Vegas in 2012, the 20th and final season of DuPont sponsorship.
The "Cromax Pro" scheme prior to the introduction of sponsor Axalta in 2013.

Beginning in 2011, Alan Gustafson became the crew chief of the No. 24 team. AARP became the primary sponsor for 22 races, partnering with Gordon to form the "Drive to End Hunger" initiative. Pepsi continued its associate sponsor deal, with DuPont scaling back to 14 races as primary sponsor.[14] The new driver-crew chief combination saw a resurgence for Gordon, as he won at Phoenix, Pocono, and Atlanta and finished 8th in points. The following season, Gordon would be hampered by bad luck during most of the regular season. However, a win at Pocono and a 2nd-place finish at Richmond vaulted Gordon into the 2012 Chase. At the Phoenix race, Gordon would tangle with fellow Chase contender Clint Bowyer, intentionally taking him out late in the race after initial contact early on. Gordon was fined $100,000 by NASCAR for the incident, but came back to take his first win in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, the first time a full works Hendrick team had won at the circuit in Sprint Cup. It was also final race for DuPont as Gordon's sponsor after 20 years of sponsorship, as a restructuring of DuPont meant the Performance Coatings group that originally sponsored Gordon would be spun off. That spinoff company, Axalta Coating Systems, owned by The Carlyle Group, replaced DuPont as the primary sponsor for the same 14 races.[28]

Gordon was added as a special 13th Chaser in 2013, following a controversy during the cutoff race at Richmond; however he fell short of capturing a fifth Cup title. The next year in 2014, Gordon reached the second to last race of the season at Phoenix in position to be eligible for the title at Homestead, however he was passed in the points standings in the final laps and missed out on eligibility.

In 2015, 3M signed on to sponsor 11 races over the next three seasons, joining AARP and Axalta as primary sponsors. 2015 was also announced as Jeff Gordon's final season as a driver before moving to television.[29][30] For the August Bristol race, sponsor Axalta resurrected the rainbow DuPont paint scheme Gordon ran from 1992 to 2000 and had not run since 2004.[25] After 26 races, Gordon was 13th in championship points, earning a spot in the 2015 Chase for the Sprint Cup.[31] He made it through the first two rounds on points, and secured a spot in the final round with a win at Martinsville Speedway, breaking a 39-race winless streak.[32] For the season finale at Homestead Miami Speedway, Axalta unveiled a special silver paint scheme − similar to the DuPont scheme run at the race in 2012 − to commemorate Gordon's career. The remaining three HMS cars also ran yellow numbers.[33][34] Gordon finished sixth in the race, delayed and shortened by rain, and third in the final points standings.[35]

In 2016, Hendrick development driver Chase Elliott will take over the #24 full-time, running for Rookie of the Year.[36] NAPA Auto Parts, which sponsored Elliott in the Xfinity Series, will sponsor 24 races.[36] 3M will return to only five events, in part due to restructuring within the company.[37] Axalta, meanwhile, moved over to the 88 team of Dale Earnhardt, Jr.[38]

Car No. 24 career statistics[edit]

Year Car Driver Races Wins Poles Top 5s Top 10s Rank
1992 #24 Jeff Gordon 1 0 0 0 0 81
1993 30 0 1 7 11 14
1994 31 2 1 7 14 8
1995 7 8 17 23 1
1996 10 5 21 24 2
1997 32 10 1 22 23 1
1998 33 13 7 26 28
1999 34 7 7 18 21 6
2000 3 3 11 22 9
2001 36 6 6 18 24 1
2002 3 3 13 20 4
2003 3 4 15 20 4
2004 5 6 16 25 3
2005 4 2 8 14 11
2006 2 2 14 18 6
2007 6 7 21 30 2
2008 0 4 13 19 7
2009 1 2 16 25 3
2010 0 1 11 17 9
2011 3 1 13 18 8
2012 2 2 11 18 10
2013 1 2 8 17 6
2014 4 3 18 23 6
2015 36 1 3 2 8 3
2016 Chase Elliott 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 772[39] 93 80 322 461

[40] *Season in progress

Car No. 25 history[edit]

Tim Richmond's Folgers Chevrolet.

Car No. 25 was owned for many years by Rick Hendrick's father, the late Joe "Papa" Hendrick. It debuted in 1986 as HMS's second team, with Folgers sponsorship and Tim Richmond driving. Richmond was teamed with veteran crew chief Harry Hyde, who moved over from the No. 5 team after chemistry issues with Geoff Bodine.[6][41] Richmond won seven times that year and finished third in points.[42][43] He missed the beginning of the 1987 season due to HIV/AIDS, while publicly saying he was suffering from pneumonia.[42] Benny Parsons drove the first 11 races of the season, with the car renumbered 35;[41][22] Darrell Waltrip was hired to drive Hendrick's third car at this time.[22] Richmond returned midway through the season and won his first two races, at Pocono and Riverside.[42] Following a blown engine at Michigan and deteriorating health, he left the ride after only eight starts.[41] He died in August 1989.[42]

1997 No. 25 Budweiser Chevrolet, driven by Ricky Craven.

In 1988, Ken Schrader took over the ride, winning the pole at the season opening Daytona 500.[44] He won two pole positions, won the DieHard 500, and finished fifth in points. He won four more poles in 1989 and picked up a victory in the fall race at Charlotte. Kodiak replaced Folgers as the sponsor of the No. 25 for the 1990 season. Schrader failed to win a race in 1990, but he won the Daytona 500 pole for the third year in a row. He won two more races in 1991 and finished ninth in points. Schrader did not win again, but he finished a career-best fourth in points in 1994. After that year, Budweiser replaced Kodiak as the sponsor. Schrader left the team after the 1996 season and was replaced by Ricky Craven.

Craven helped Hendrick complete a 1–2–3 finish in the 1997 Daytona 500 by finishing third behind winner Jeff Gordon and second-place Terry Labonte. After suffering a concussion at Texas, he missed two races. Jack Sprague and Todd Bodine filled in for him during the injury. The other highlight for Craven during the 1997 campaign was a Winston Open win. Craven ultimately finished nineteenth in points. In 1998, to honor NASCAR's fiftieth anniversary, the #25 car changed its number to #50 for the season. Shortly after the season started Craven, still feeling the effects from his concussion the year before, was diagnosed with post-concussion syndrome. Randy LaJoie and Wally Dallenbach, Jr. filled in while Craven recovered. Craven returned to driving at his home track, New Hampshire, and won the pole for the event, but after four more races Hendrick replaced Craven with Dallenbach, who had put together the stronger run of the two substitute drivers.

Jerry Nadeau in 2000.

With the team back to racing the #25 with Dallenbach behind the wheel, the team raced to an eighteenth-place finish in points 1999. However, Dallenbach left the team to drive for a new team and Budweiser moved over to sponsor Dale Earnhardt, Inc.'s #8 car in 2000 and the team needed to hire a replacement and find a sponsor. Homebuilder and television personality Michael Holigan came on to sponsor the car for 2000 and Hendrick hired driver Jerry Nadeau.[26] Nadeau had most recently been driving for MB2 Motorsports as a replacement for the retired Ernie Irvan, who due to injuries was forced out of NASCAR midway through 1999. Nadeau had a solid first year with Hendrick, finishing twentieth in points and winning the season-ending race at Atlanta.[45] The team returned for 2001 with the United Auto Workers and Delphi Auto Parts as co-sponsors, and Nadeau finished a career high seventeenth in points while nearly repeating his Atlanta victory; Nadeau ran out of gas short of the finish and finished fifth. After eleven races in 2002, Nadeau was let go from the team[45] and Joe Nemechek, who had lost his ride when Haas-Carter Motorsports folded his team due to the bankruptcy of their sponsor Kmart, was hired to replace him. Nemechek won at Richmond in 2003[45] but was let go before the end of the season so he could join MB2 Motorsports as the replacement for an injured Nadeau.[45][46]

Nemechek's replacement in the #25 was Brian Vickers,[46] who was initially supposed to drive the car beginning in 2004 while racing full-time in the Busch Series in 2003 (where he won the championship). UAW and Delphi did not return as sponsors after 2003, so Hendrick replaced them with GMAC Financial (Vickers' primary sponsor in Busch) and sister company ditech.com. In spite of high expectations, Vickers finished third in Rookie of the Year standings behind Kasey Kahne and Brendan Gaughan.[47] 2004 was a sad year for Vickers and the No. 25 team. "Papa" Joe, long-time owner of the No. 25 car, died in July, while close friend Ricky Hendrick (the more recent owner of the 25) perished in a plane crash that also took the lives of nine others in October.[48] Vickers improved to seventeenth in points in 2005. Midway through the 2006 campaign, Vickers announced he would leave Hendrick Motorsports at the end of the season. On June 9, 2006 Hendrick Motorsports announced that Casey Mears of Chip Ganassi Racing would take the spot of Vickers in 2007. Vickers collected his first career win later that season at Talladega in a controversial finish, spinning out teammate Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. to take the victory.[45][49][50]

2007 No. 25 National Guard / GMAC Chevrolet of Casey Mears
The National Guard Camo scheme Mears took to victory lane at Charlotte in 2007.

In 2007, the Army National Guard joined forces with longtime Hendrick Motorsports partner GMAC to sponsor the No. 25 Chevrolet driven by Casey Mears. Mears piloted the No. 25 to his first career win at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the Coca-Cola 600.[45] After the season, Mears moved to the #5, while the fourth full-time ride was given to the new #88 for Dale Earnhardt, Jr., who replaced Kyle Busch at Hendrick Motorsports.[51] This left the #25 as a part-time team.

Making his Sprint Cup debut at Texas Motor Speedway in the 2008 Dickies 500, JR Motorsports driver Brad Keselowski started 37th and finished 19th in the #25 GoDaddy Chevrolet. Keselowski would go on to make limited appearances in the #25 in both 2008 and 2009 with the intent of eventually taking over the team's #5 car.[52] However, after Mark Martin re-signed to continue driving the 5 car in 2010, Keselowski replaced David Stremme in the #12 car for Penske Racing late in the 2009 season (the ride he had been offered at the beginning of the season), leaving the Hendrick organization.[52][53]

The #25 returned in 2011, being driven by Mark Martin in that year's Sprint All-Star Race while his usual #5 was being occupied by Jimmie Johnson. The Farmers Insurance Group-sponsored car sported a retro red paint scheme resembling the Budweiser and Folgers schemes run by the team in the 1980s and 90s.[54]

In late 2014, it was announced that Nationwide Series Champion Chase Elliott would drive several races in a fifth Hendrick car in 2015, according to Hendrick Motorsports general manager Doug Duchardt.[55] The car was officially announced as the #25 on January 29, 2015, and Elliott drove the car in five races with Xfinity Series sponsor NAPA Auto Parts, in preparation for taking over the #24 car in 2016.[56]

Car No. 25 career statistics[edit]

Year Car Driver Races Wins Poles Top 5s Top 10s Rank
1986 #25 Tim Richmond 29 7 8 13 17 3
1987 8 2 1 3 4 36
Rick Hendrick 1 0 0 0 0 107
1988 Ken Schrader 29 1 2 4 17 5
1989 29 1 4 10 14 5
1990 29 0 3 7 14 10
1991 29 2 0 10 18 9
1992 29 0 1 4 11 17
1993 30 0 6 9 15 9
1994 31 0 0 9 18 4
1995 31 0 1 2 10 17
1996 31 0 0 3 10 12
1997 Ricky Craven 30 0 0 4 7 19
Todd Bodine 1 0 0 0 0 52
Jack Sprague 1 0 0 0 0 68
1998 #50 Ricky Craven 8 0 1 0 1 46
Wally Dallenbach, Jr. 16 0 0 0 3 38
Randy LaJoie 9 0 0 1 3 49
1999 #25 Wally Dallenbach, Jr. 34 0 0 1 6 18
2000 Jerry Nadeau 34 1 0 3 5 20
2001 36 0 0 4 10 17
2002 11 0 0 0 1 37
Joe Nemechek 25 0 0 3 3 34
2003 32 1 0 2 5 25
Brian Vickers 4 0 0 0 0 49
2004 36 0 2 0 4 25
2005 36 0 1 5 10 17
2006 36 1 1 5 9 15
2007 Casey Mears 36 1 1 5 10 15
2008 Brad Keselowski 2 0 0 0 0 57
2009 7 0 0 0 1 38
2011 Mark Martin 1 0 0 0 0 N/A
2015 Chase Elliott 5 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Totals 719 17 32 107


Car No. 48 history[edit]

Main article: Jimmie Johnson
Jimmie Johnson's original Lowe's paint scheme in 2005.
2008 No. 48 Lowe's Impala.

The current No. 48 car, co-owned by Jeff Gordon and Rick Hendrick, began competing in 2001 when Hendrick signed Jimmie Johnson, a second-year Xfinity Series driver for Herzog-Jackson Motorsports.[57] Johnson made his debut at the fall Charlotte race, qualifying fifteenth and finishing thirty-ninth after crashing out. Johnson competed in two other races that year before moving to the Sprint Cup Series circuit full-time in 2002. The No. 48 team was given all of the No. 24 team's old cars, while the No. 24 built all new cars for the 2002 season. Johnson won three races and finished runner-up to Ryan Newman in the rookie battle. During his first season, Johnson became the first rookie to ever lead the points standings. He finished fifth in final points in 2002. He won three more races in 2003 and finished second in points.

Johnson led much of the 2004 season point standing but suffered bad luck before the Chase for the Nextel Cup began, falling to second behind Jeff Gordon. After falling as far as ninth in points during the Chase, he rebounded with four wins in five races. Despite this, Johnson would lose the championship by only eight points to Kurt Busch in what was until 2011 the closest final championship margin in Cup history.

Johnson led the points for much of the 2005 season, but lost the points lead to Tony Stewart after the Brickyard 400 when he suffered a hard crash. He won four races and ultimately finished fifth in points that year. On February 19, 2006, Johnson won his first Daytona 500 while crew chief Chad Knaus was serving a four-race suspension for rules infractions.[58] Johnson would go on to win the All-Star Challenge, Brickyard 400, and the 2006 Nextel Cup championship.

Johnson also won the 2007 Nextel Cup championship in a season that Hendrick Motorsports won eighteen of thirty-six races. Johnson won a staggering 10 races, including taking four in a row during the Chase for the Cup.

Johnson's white Lowe's Chevrolet in 2013.
Johnson at Sonoma Raceway in 2015.

In 2008, Johnson tied Cale Yarborough's record by winning his third consecutive Sprint Cup Series title. In 2009 Johnson won 7 races, had 16 top fives, and 24 top tens. He went on to win his fourth consecutive championship. He is the only driver in NASCAR history to ever win four cup championships in a row. In 2010 he beat that record by winning a fifth championship in a row. He was in second at the start of the race. This is the first time since 2005, that he had to run a final race with him not in the lead of the points.

2011, statistically, was the worst season for the 48 team. Aside from using a push from Dale Earnhardt, Jr. to beat Clint Bowyer at Talladega by just .002 seconds and a victory in the fall Kansas race, Johnson would finish 6th in the Chase, the first time he finished outside the top 5 in his career. 2012 would be better for the team, as they won races at Darlington, Dover, Indianapolis, Martinsville and Texas, but were hampered by a crash at the fall Phoenix race as well as a broken drive shaft at Homestead relegating them to 3rd in points.

2013 was a championship year for Johnson. He started off strong with his 2nd Daytona 500 winner and swept both races there at Daytona. He won the Sprint All Star Race and in November won his 6th Championship.

In 2014, Johnson won 4 races including the Coca-Cola 600. However, his season was a major nightmare. He wrecked in the Sprint Unlimited and the Bud Duels and had back to back 42nd-place finished in Daytona and Loudon. He finished 11th in the standings. It was the first time he finished outside the top 10 in the standings.

Car No. 48 career statistics[edit]

Year Car Driver Races Wins Poles Top 5s Top 10s Rank
2001 48 Jimmie Johnson 3 0 0 0 0 52
2002 36 3 4 6 21 5
2003 3 2 14 20 2
2004 8 1 20 23 2
2005 4 1 13 22 5
2006 5 1 13 24 1
2007 10 4 20 24 1
2008 7 6 15 22 1
2009 7 4 16 24 1
2010 6 2 17 23 1
2011 2 1 14 21 6
2012 5 4 18 24 3
2013 6 3 16 24 1
2014 4 1 11 20 11
2015 5 1 14 22 10
Totals 507 75 34 207 314

[59] *Season in progress

Car No. 88 history[edit]

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. stands with Lt. Gen. Clyde A. Vaughn, director of the Army National Guard, and team owner Rick Hendrick.
2008 No. 88 AMP Impala, driven by Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

The car debuted in 2002 as the No. 60 Haas Automation/NetZero Chevrolet, fielded jointly between Hendrick and Gene Haas in preparation for Haas to field his own team, Haas CNC Racing. Hendrick driver Jack Sprague attempted six races (qualifying for three) with a best finish of 30th at Homestead Miami Speedway.[60][61][62] While Haas and Sprague moved over to the No. 0 Pontiac, the No. 60 returned as a Hendrick R&D car in 2003 with test driver David Green[63] and continued sponsorship from Haas and NetZero.[64] Green attempted the four restrictor plate races (missing the first Daytona and Talladega races) with a best finish of 32nd. Brian Vickers made his Cup Series debut at the fall Charlotte race, finishing 33rd, before moving to the 25 car.[46] The 60 was entered at the Homestead-Miami season-finale with Kyle Busch and ditech.com, but withdrew.

18-year-old Kyle Busch took over the car the following season, selecting the number 84 (due to the 4 digit, and coincidentally a multiple of Jeff Gordon's 24 and Jimmie Johnson's 48) for the Carquest Chevy. He made his debut at his hometown track Las Vegas Motor Speedway[65] and made five more starts that year with a best finish of twenty-fourth at California.

In 2005, Terry Labonte took over the car after he announced he became semi-retired; the number had been changed to Labonte's first number #44, while Kyle Busch moved to his #5 car full-time. Sponsored by Kellogg's, Pizza Hut, and GMAC/ditech.com, Labonte drove the car in a limited schedule over the next two years.[7] His final race with the team was at his native Texas Motor Speedway in November 2006, in a special commemorative paint scheme sponsored by longtime-partner Kellogg's.[7] Though Labonte planned to retire following the race, he would race on a part-time or substitute basis until 2014.

On June 13, 2007, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. announced he would join Hendrick Motorsports for the 2008 season. On September 14, 2007 it was announced that he would drive the No. 88 car, after a deal with Robert Yates Racing that sent the No. 88 car to Hendrick Motorsports. The No. 88 replaced the No. 25, which scaled back to part-time. AMP Energy (owned by longtime Hendrick sponsor Pepsico) and the National Guard (which had sponsored the No. 25) stepped up to sponsor the car. Earnhardt, Jr.'s crew chief and cousin, Tony Eury, Jr., also made the move to Hendrick Motorsports. However, this partnership only lasted until April, 2009 when Tony Eury, Jr. was replaced by Lance McGrew, a technical advisor and part-time crew chief with HMS for the No. 25 car.

At the start of the 2011 season, Steve Letarte moved over from Jeff Gordon's team and became Earnhardt's crew chief.[14] For 2012, PepsiCo decided to replace the struggling AMP Energy brand with the Diet Mountain Dew brand. The team won for the first time since 2008 and for the second consecutive year made the Chase, but Earnhardt suffered a concussion during an August Hollywood Casino 400 tire testing on the reconfigured Kansas Speedway, and was not tested for the concussion until the Good Sam Roadside Assistance 500 at Talladega, where he was involved in a second hard crash. After testing, Earnhardt was deemed medically unfit to race. Regan Smith, scheduled to drive for Phoenix Racing, instead drove the No. 88 at Charlotte and Kansas in what turned out to be a tryout that led to Smith joining Earnhardt's Xfinity team for 2013. Earnhardt returned at Martinsville and finished out the season.

The National Guard Chevrolet at Texas in 2013.

Earnhardt finished fifth in Sprint Cup points in 2013, after winning two poles (at Kentucky Speedway and Dover International Speedway), and posting five second-place finishes.

The #88 returned to prominence in 2014 when Earnhardt won four races — the Daytona 500, both Pocono races, and the fall Martinsville race. Letarte joined NASCAR on NBC in 2015, and JR Motorsports crew chief Greg Ives was hired to replace him.[66] On August 6 of that year, the National Guard decided not to renew their sponsorship with Earnhardt.[67] They would be replaced by Nationwide Insurance, outgoing sponsor of the now-Xfinity Series and longtime sponsor of Earnhardt, for the 2015 season.

Late in 2015, it was announced that Axalta Coating Systems, longtime sponsor of Hendrick's #24, would move to sponsor the #88 in 2016.[38]

Car No. 88 career statistics[edit]

Year Car Driver Races Wins Poles Top 5s Top 10s Rank
2003 #60 David Green 2 0 0 0 0 60
Brian Vickers 1 0 0 0 0 49
2004 #84 Kyle Busch 6 0 0 0 0 52
2005 #44 Terry Labonte 9 0 0 0 0 49
2006 10 0 0 0 0 46
2008 #88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 36 1 1 10 16 12
2009 0 0 2 5 25
2010 0 1 3 8 21
2011 0 1 6 12 7
2012 34 1 1 10 19 12
Regan Smith 2 0 0 0 1
2013 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 36 0 2 10 22 5
2014 4 0 12 20 8
2015 36 3 1 16 22 12
Totals 285 7 4 56 152


* Season currently in progress.

Other car history[edit]

In 1987, Benny Parsons drove for Hendrick's second team as a replacement for Tim Richmond. Hendrick kept the No. 25 available for Richmond to run a limited schedule, so Parsons drove the No. 35 car instead with Richmond's crew chief Harry Hyde.[22][45][68] Parson's opened the year with a second place finish at the Daytona 500.[68] Parsons ended up running the entire season, with the team temporarily expanding to four teams when Richmond returned for eight races,[41] and finished sixteenth in points with six top fives and nine top tens.[45]

In 1993, Hendrick fielded a car numbered 46 for two races. The first race was that year's Daytona 500 as Al Unser, Jr. qualified for his only career NASCAR race in a Valvoline-sponsored car (Valvoline being his then-primary sponsor in the IndyCar Series). The second saw Buddy Baker fail to qualify a DuPont-sponsored car at Talladega in the spring.[24]

In 1995, Hendrick fielded the No. 58 Racing for a Reason Chevrolet. The sponsor is a leukemia marrow sponsor founded by Rick Hendrick. The car was entered originally a safety car for Jeff Gordon to clinch his first championship. The #58 was driven by Jeff Purvis, as Gordon had to finish 41st or better in the 42 car field. Gordon clinched the championship by staying out on green flag pit stops. Purvis came in 26th place. The No. 58 would not return until 2001 as the No. 48 car.

Other car career statistics[edit]

Year Car Driver Races Wins Poles Top 5s Top 10s Season Rank
1985 #1 Dick Brooks 1 0 0 0 1 53
1986 #2 Brett Bodine 1 0 0 0 0 92
1987 #51 Jim Fitzgerald 1 0 0 0 0 79
1987 #35 Benny Parsons 29 0 0 6 9 16
1988 #18 Rick Hendrick 1 0 0 0 0 63
1988 #47 Rob Moroso 1 0 0 0 0 54
1989 #51 Bobby Hamilton 1 0 0 0 0 89
1989 #18 Tommy Kendall 1 0 0 0 0 80
1989 #42 Kyle Petty 1 0 0 0 0 30
1989 #46 Greg Sacks 1 0 0 0 0 32
1990 #18 Stan Barrett 1 0 0 0 0 74
1990 #18 Greg Sacks 12 0 1 1 3 32
1990 #46 Greg Sacks 1 0 0 0 0 32
1990 #68 Hut Stricklin 1 0 0 0 0 28
1990 #51 Hut Stricklin 1 0 0 0 0 28
1993 #46 Al Unser, Jr. 1 0 0 0 0 81
1995 #58 Jeff Purvis 1 0 0 0 0 47
Totals 56 0 1 7 13


Xfinity Series[edit]

Hendrick Motorsports fielded in-house entries in the Busch Series (now Xfinity Series) from 1984 to 1990, and again from 2000 to 2007, primarily the #5 entry. Following the conclusion of the 2007 racing season, Hendrick and JR Motorsports (owned by Hendrick driver Dale Earnhardt, Jr.) officially combined Xfinity Series operations. The No. 5 Chevrolets began running full-time under the JR Motorsports banner in 2008, and the team receives engines and technical support from Hendrick Motorsports, with several HMS employees moving to JR Motorsports. Rick Hendrick continues to be listed as car owner of the No. 5 team. JRM and HMS also collaborate in the areas of partnership development, sponsorship services, marketing and media relations.[69][70]

Car No. 5 history[edit]

Main article: JR Motorsports

Hendrick began running in the Busch Series in its debut season of 1984, fielding a #15 Chevrolet for 16 races, with Cup Series driver Geoffrey Bodine running 12. Between 1985 and 1990, HMS fielded two cars (numbered 5 and 15) on a part-basis, with several drivers including Bodine, Ken Schrader, Greg Sacks, Rob Moroso[71] and owner Rick Hendrick himself.

The current No. 5 car debuted as the No. 14 in 2000, with Rick Hendrick's son Ricky Hendrick running the season finale at Homestead-Miami, finishing 39th after a crash.[72][73] The car went full-time in 2002 as the 5 with the younger Hendrick driving. However, Ricky was injured in the third race of the season in a wreck at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.[48] Ron Hornaday would take over for him for the next six races, before Hendrick returned at Richmond. Towards the end of the season, Hendrick suddenly announced his retirement from driving due to lingering effects from the crash, but would remain on board as a team car owner until his 2004 death.[48] David Green finished out the season for the team.[74]

The No. 5 car's paint scheme for 2002 & 2003.

19-year-old Brian Vickers was hired to drive the 5 car in 2003, handpicked by Ricky Hendrick.[48] Vickers won three races and the Busch Series championship, beating Hendrick test driver and coach and former #5 car spotter David Green.[75][76] When he moved up to NEXTEL Cup, Kyle Busch became the team's new driver after running seven races the previous season.[48] In his rookie year, he won five races and was runner-up to Martin Truex, Jr. in points.[77] He moved up to Cup as well after the season, but he continued to drive the 5 part-time. Mexican driver Adrian Fernández drove the car in six races in 2005, finishing tenth at Mexico City, but did not have another top-ten finish that season.[76][77] Hendrick development drivers Blake Feese, Boston Reid, and Kyle Krisiloff also drove the car, running a total of eighteen races with best finishes of twenty-third, seventeenth, and nineteenth, respectively.[77] Busch and Jimmie Johnson ran the rest of the schedule[77] with Busch winning at Lowe's Motor Speedway. He drove 30 races in 2006, winning at Bristol and finishing seventh in points. He skipped the race at Memphis Motorsports Park, being replaced by Justin Labonte for that race.

In 2007, Busch and Mark Martin shared the No. 5 on a part-time basis. Landon Cassill, Casey Mears, and Adrian Fernandez[76] also drove select events. The car carried a number of different sponsors including Lowe's, Delphi, Spectrum, and Hendrick Autoguard. Kyle Busch drove the car to victory lane in the rain delayed Daytona, Richmond, and Kansas. The team moved to the JR Motorsports shop for 2008,[69] as Johnson, Earnhardt, Casey Mears, Mark Martin and Landon Cassill split the car that season, as well as Martin Truex, Jr., Ron Fellows, and Adrian Fernandez in one-race deals. This car was sponsored by Lowe's, Delphi, the National Guard, and GoDaddy.com.[76][78]

In 2009, the No. 5 car would be reduced to a part-time schedule due to the lack of sponsorship. Fastenal, Unilever and GoDaddy.com would sponsor the car with Cassill, Truex, Jr., Earnhardt, Jr., Martin, Tony Stewart, Ryan Newman and Scott Wimmer also drove the car. The car would remain inactive save for limited appearances by Dale Jr.

Car 5 career statistics[edit]

Year Car Driver Races Wins Poles Top 5s Top 10s Rank
2002 #5 Ricky Hendrick 22 0 0 0 2 20
Ron Hornaday Jr. 6 0 0 0 0
David Green 6 0 0 3 4
2003 Brian Vickers 34 3 1 13 21 2
2004 Kyle Busch 34 5 5 16 22 2
2005 10 1 1 1 2 26
Boston Reid 6 0 0 0 0
Adrian Fernandez 6 0 0 0 1
Blake Feese 6 0 0 0 0
Jimmie Johnson 3 0 1 1 1
Kyle Krisiloff 3 0 0 0 0
Brian Vickers 1 0 0 1 1
2006 Justin Labonte 1 0 0 0 0 7
Kyle Busch 34 1 2 4 12
2007 19 4 3 14 16 9
Adrian Fernandez 1 0 0 0 1
Mark Martin 3 0 0 2 2
Casey Mears 1 0 0 0 1
Landon Cassill 2 0 0 0 0
2008 16 0 1 0 5 11
Dale Earnhardt Jr. 8 0 0 2 6
Mark Martin 5 1 0 3 3
Martin Truex Jr. 1 0 0 0 0
Adrian Fernandez 1 0 0 0 0
Jimmie Johnson 3 0 0 0 1
Ron Fellows 1 1 0 1 1
2009 2 0 0 1 1 31
Dale Earnhardt Jr. 7 0 1 3 4
Mark Martin 1 0 0 0 1
Scott Wimmer 6 0 0 0 2
Ryan Newman 4 0 0 0 1
Tony Stewart 1 0 0 0 0
Richard Boswell 1 0 0 0 0
Kelly Bires 1 0 0 0 0
Totals 256 16 15 65 111


Car No. 24 history[edit]

Casey Mears racing in the 2007 Ford 300 at the Homestead-Miami Speedway.

The No. 24 was started in 1999 as Gordon-Evernham Motorsports, owned by Jeff Gordon and crew chief Ray Evernham. Gordon and Ricky Hendrick shared the ride in 10 races.[79] In 2000, HMS owner Rick Hendrick bought out Evernham's share, renaming the team to JG Motorsports. Gordon and Ricky Hendrick once again shared the ride, with Hendrick running 15 events.[80] The team also formed an alliance with Cicci-Welliver Racing.[81]

Hendrick Motorsports took full control of the team in 2001, with GMAC Financial Services sponsoring the No. 24 Chevrolet.[82] Ricky Hendrick made three starts in the car, his best finish coming at Kentucky Speedway where he finished 15th. He and truck series teammate Jack Sprague moved up to the Busch Series full-time for 2002, with Hendrick moving to the #5 car.

Sprague ran the full 2002 season in the No. 24 with Truck Series sponsor NetZero[60] scoring three poles and a win at Nashville Superspeedway en route to a fifth-place points finish. Sprague would move to Hendrick-affiliated Haas CNC Racing for 2003.

The 24 car returned in 2005 as the #57. The number came from the sponsorship of H.J. Heinz brand Ore-Ida, representing Heinz's 57 varieties.[83] Brian Vickers ran the car in five races with Pizza Hut and Ore-Ida sponsorship,[83][84] debuting the car at Darlington. He qualified second but finished forty-third after an early wreck. His best finish in the car came at Dover, where he finished fifth. Kyle Busch drove the car in an additional four races with Lowe's sponsorship, finishing in the top-five once. Boston Reid also drove the car once at IRP, finishing 23rd. Vickers returned for eight races in 2006, not finishing any higher than 23rd. Adrian Fernandez drove at Mexico City and Watkins Glen, finishing twelfth and seventeenth, respectively.[76] In 2006 Brian Vickers ran eight races and the No. 57 had a new part-time sponsor in Mountain Dew with the full-time sponsor remaining Ore-Ida for the other five races. Mountain Dew was the full-time sponsor for three races in 2006 at Fontana, Darlington and Michigan with 9th, 12th, and 16th the finishes respectively. Vickers' best finish in 2006 was a second at Daytona in July.

After Vickers' departure from Hendrick Motorsports, the team changed back to the 24 with Casey Mears and the U.S. National Guard coming on board for a limited schedule. Adrian Fernandez and Landon Cassill also shared the ride. This team did not run in 2008.

Car No. 48 history[edit]

The 48 car made its debut in the Busch Series in 2004 at Charlotte Motor Speedway (then called Lowe's Motor Speedway), running a one-race deal with sponsorship from Lowe's and The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie. Jimmie Johnson drove it to a third-place finish. He drove the car for five races in 2005, winning a pole at Lowe's. During 2006, he started three races, both Lowe's races and the Ameriquest 300 at California.[85] His best finish was seventh in the first Lowe's race. Johnson drove the 48 car in the same three Busch races for the 2007 races, with a best finish of fourth at California.

Car No. 80 history[edit]

In 2009, Hendrick Motorsports announced that they would run a No. 80 HendrickCars.com car driven by Tony Stewart in the Xfinity Series Camping World 300 at Daytona. The number 80 represented the number of affiliates in the Hendrick Automotive Group. Stewart won the race in this car, with this being his only race for Hendrick Motorsports while focusing on his own team in a partnership with Gene Haas, Stewart-Haas Racing, which gets its engines, chassis, and technical support from Hendrick Motorsports.[86]

Car No. 87 history[edit]

Main article: NEMCO Motorsports

In 2003, 18-year-old development driver Kyle Busch made his entry into Busch Series, driving a #87 car in seven races in an alliance with NEMCO Motorsports (owned by then-Hendrick driver Joe Nemechek). The car received sponsorship from GMAC company ditech.com, and Busch scored three top tens including two second-place finishes.[87][88]

For 2004, the alliance with NEMCO continued. Development drivers Blake Feese and Boston Reid ran 3 races each in the #87 ditech.com Chevy,[89] with a best finish of 26th by Reid at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Camping World Truck Series[edit]

Truck No. 17 history[edit]

The 17 Camping World Truck Series (was Craftsman Truck Series) team made its debut in 2000 with Ricky Hendrick driving with GMAC/Quaker State sponsorship. He made six races that season and finished in the top-ten four times. In 2001, Hendrick won his only career Truck race at Kansas Speedway, becoming the youngest driver at the time to win a truck race at age 21.[48] He would finished sixth in points, runner-up to Travis Kvapil for Rookie of the Year honors. The team did not run after 2001.

Truck No. 24 history[edit]

The 24 truck debuted with the Truck Series in 1995 with Scott Lagasse Sr. driving and DuPont sponsoring. Lagasse posted two top-fives and finished ninth in the standings. The team also fielded the 25 Budweiser Chevrolet part-time with Hendrick Sr. and Roger Mears driving. Midway through the season, Jack Sprague came on board to finish out the season for the team, winning a pole at Phoenix International Raceway. In 1996, he moved to the 24 full-time with Quaker State sponsoring. He won five races and was second in the points. The following season, he won three times and clinched his first NASCAR championship.

The team lost the Quaker State sponsorship after 1997, but signed GMAC Financial as a sponsor after a one-race deal with Big Daddy's BBQ Sauce. He won an additional five races, but lost the championship by three points. In 1999, Sprague won the championship again but fell to fifth in 2000. In 2001, NetZero came on board as the team's sponsor, and Sprague won his third championship. After Sprague moved his ride to the Busch Series, Ron Hornaday drove the 24 in a one-race deal at Daytona, finishing twelfth. The team closed after that race to focus on its Busch Series efforts.

Truck No. 94 history[edit]

Hendrick Motorsports revived its truck program in 2013, fielding a part-time entry for Chase Elliott. The team was sponsored by Aaron's and ran nine races. The trucks were not built directly by Hendrick Motorsports, but were instead provided by Hendrick-affiliated Turner Scott Motorsports. However, the trucks were fielded directly by Hendrick, with crew chief Lance McGrew.[90] Elliott made his debut at Martinsville Speedway on April 6 and finished in the sixth position.[91] Elliott would become the youngest pole winner in Truck Series history at Bristol in August,[92] and later the youngest race winner in the Truck Series by winning the inaugural Chevrolet Silverado 250 at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park.[93] Elliott departed the No. 94 to join JR Motorsports in the Nationwide Series in 2014.[94]

ARCA Racing Series[edit]

In February 2000, Ricky Hendrick made his Daytona stock car in the ARCA Bondo/Mar-Hyde Series (now the ARCA Racing Series), driving the 17 GMAC Financial Services Chevrloet to a fifth-place finish.[95] Hendrick would run the race again the next year in the renumbered 71 car, finishing 9th.[96]

Car No. 9 history[edit]

In 2012, Hendrick began fielding a number 9 Chevrolet for development driver Chase Elliott, with father Bill Elliott as the listed owner and sponsorship from Aaron's, Inc. Longtime HMS crew chief Lance McGrew served as the team's crew chief. Elliott made his debut at age 16 at Mobile International Speedway, scoring a pole and five top tens in six races.[97][98]

Elliott returned to the team for five races in 2013, scoring his first career win at Pocono Raceway. Elliott, at age 17, became the youngest superspeedway winner in ARCA Racing Series history, beating fellow 17-year-old Erik Jones.[99][100]

Elliott ran the 2014 ARCA season opener at Daytona, in order to gain NASCAR approval to run the Nationwide Series race the next week. Sponsored by HendrickCars.com and NAPA Brakes, Elliott was involved in a 15-car crash on the 13th lap. In spite of that, NASCAR approved Elliott to run on superspeedways, and he would go on to win the Nationwide Series Championship.[101]

Car No. 87 history[edit]

In 2003, Hendrick fielded Kyle Busch in the ARCA RE/MAX Series (now ARCA Racing Series) for a total of seven races. Busch drove the #87 ditech.com Chevrolet (the same car he drove in his Busch Series starts) to two wins and four pole starts.[87][88] Busch ran the 2004 season opener at Daytona, starting second and finishing first.[102]

For the rest of 2004, development drivers Blake Feese, Boston Reid, and Kyle Krisiloff ran a combined ten races in ARCA in the #5, #6, and #7 cars owned by Bobby Gerhart. Feese scored a win at Nashville, while Krisiloff scored a victory at Chicagoland Speedway.[48][103][104][105][106] Feese ran a single race in the #94 Carquest Auto Parts Chevy out of the Hendrick stable at Talladega, scoring the victory.[107]

Kyle Krisiloff ran the #7 Bobby Gerhart Racing Chevy in 14 races in 2005, with sponsorship from ditech.com and Delphi.[106] Krisiloff scored 3 top fives and five top tens. Blake Feese also ran the Daytona season opener in the 94 car, and was involved in a pit road crash that injured four photographers.[108]

In 2007, Hendrick Motorsports resurrected the No. 87 for development driver Landon Cassill, with sponsorship from Stanley Tools.[109][110] Cassill attempted three races (failing to qualify at Talladega) with two top ten starts but finishes of 38th at Kentucky and 32nd at Pocono. Cassill and Stanley would move to the 88 under the JR Motorsports banner for 2008.[111]

Plane crash[edit]

2004 No. 25 Ditech/GMAC Monte Carlo. The hood design pays tribute to the people killed in the October 2004 plane crash.

On October 24, 2004, ten people associated with Hendrick Motorsports lost their lives in a plane crash while en route from Concord, North Carolina, to a small airport near the Martinsville Speedway. The plane crashed in heavy fog into Bull Mountain, seven miles (11 km) from the Blue Ridge Airport in Stuart, Virginia, after a failed attempt to land.[112] Ten people aboard the Beechcraft King Air 200 died. Six were Hendrick family members and/or Hendrick Motorsports employees: John Hendrick, the owner's brother and president of Hendrick Motorsports; Jeff Turner, general manager of Hendrick Motorsports; Ricky Hendrick, a Hendrick Motorsports driver and its owner's son; Kimberly and Jennifer Hendrick, John Hendrick's twin daughters; and Randy Dorton, chief engine builder. Also dead were the plane's pilots, Richard Tracy and Elizabeth Morrison, Joe Jackson, director of the DuPont Motorsports program,[113] and Scott Lathram, who worked for Joe Gibbs Racing as a helicopter pilot.[114]

NASCAR officials learned of the crash during that day's Subway 500 race in Martinsville, Virginia; they withheld the information from drivers until the end of the race, which was won by Hendrick driver Jimmie Johnson. For the rest of the 2004 season, all Hendrick Motorsports cars and the No. 0 Haas CNC Racing car featured pictures of the crash victims on the hood, accompanied by the phrase "Always in our hearts."

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All-time statistics[edit]

As of 6/1/15 – Includes NASCAR's Sprint Cup, Xfinity, and Camping World Truck Series races

  • Starts: 4,053*
  • Wins: 288
  • Poles: 262
  • Top 5s: 1,194*
  • Top 10s: 1,928*
  • Championships: 14 (10: Cup Series, 3: Truck Series, 1: Xfinity Series)

* – includes results by multiple teams; sometimes as many as 4 or 5 teams per race


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