Alex Bowman leads 1-2-3-4 for Hendrick Motorsports
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Hendrick Motorsports hasn’t exactly been lost in recent years, but it certainly isn’t himself. The most successful program in recent NASCAR history had taken place in a downturn, and the loss of nearby retired stars Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon and Dale Jr. only magnified the importance. of the team’s transition period. In last year’s playoffs, that transition period finally came to an end. The team won three of the last five races of the season, Chase Elliott won his first career championship, and NASCAR’s balance of power had returned to what it had been for so long: dominated by Rick’s cars. Hendrick.
This power was fully on display today. HMS had already won three races this season, but they had never shown such a dominant pace as the team showed today. Their Kyle Larson took the lead from Martin Truex Jr. early on, and he would continue to lead the majority of the race. With less than 100 laps to go, he lost his head to his teammate, Alex Bowman, in the pit lane. Bowman kept the lead with every reboot that followed, never going back on his way to his second win of the season.
But that was not what was so amazing about the race HMS contested today. What was amazing was who followed Bowman.
Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott and William Byron finished the top four, meaning every HMS pilot in the field has beaten all the non-HMS pilots in the field. Rick Hendrick finished 1-2-3-4 to his name. His cars led all but 18 of 400 laps, and each was so fast they couldn’t even pass each other in the final laps. While each Hendrick car has placed in the top four, no other team has put more than one car in the top eleven.
It was the kind of dominant performance a team dreams of. Larson, Bowman and Byron all have victories under their belt already and, while defending champion Chase Elliott does not, his incredible road pace makes him the clear favorite for next weekend’s race on the Circuit des Pins. Americas. Even as Joe Gibbs Racing drivers Martin Truex Jr. and Denny Hamlin continue to display an impressive pace that makes them individual contenders, the ability that HMS now has to claim four legitimate championship contenders makes the team a clear favorite. to win another title in November.
NASCAR’s next race is a big one: the debut of stock cars on the Circuit of the Americas. All three of the nationally-level NASCAR Series will race at the home of the modern United States Grand Prix, marking the first race in what the series hopes to become a flagship event for the category and for American auto racing as a whole.
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