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Hendrick Motorsports
Owner(s) Rick Hendrick
Linda Hendrick
Jeff Gordon
Base 4400 Papa Joe Hendrick Blvd, Charlotte, North Carolina, 28262
Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Car numbers 00, 0, 5, 7, 9, 14, 15, 17, 18, 24, 25, 35, 42, 44, 46, 47, 48, 50, 51, 52, 57, 58, 60, 66, 70, 80, 84, 87, 88, 94, 95
Race drivers 9. Chase Elliott
24. William Byron
48. Jimmie Johnson
88. Alex Bowman
Sponsors 9. NAPA, SunEnergy1, Hooters
24. Liberty University, Axalta
48. Lowe's, Kobalt Tools, Hitachi, A.O. Smith, Maintenance Supply Headquarters
88. Nationwide Insurance, Mountain Dew, Axalta
Manufacturer Chevrolet
Opened 1984
Career
Debut Monster Energy 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

Monster Energy Cup Series:
2017 Ford EcoBoost 400 (Homestead)

Xfinity Series:
2009 Camping World 300 (Daytona)
Camping World Truck Series:
2013 Lucas Oil 150 (Phoenix)
Races competed 4,197 (includes starts by multiple teams in multiple series; as many as 4 or 5 starts per race)
Drivers' Championships Total: 16
Monster Energy Cup Series: 12
1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2016
Xfinity Series: 1
2003
Camping World Truck Series: 3
1997, 1999, 2001
Race victories Total: 300
Monster Energy Cup Series: 249
Xfinity Series: 26
Camping World Truck Series: 26
Pole positions Total: 272
Monster Energy Cup Series: 213
Xfinity Series: 36
Camping World Truck Series: 23

Hendrick Motorsports (HMS), originally named All Star Racing, is an American professional stock car racing team that currently competes in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. The team, created in 1984 by Rick Hendrick, is one of stock car racing's premier organizations. As of 2016, Hendrick Motorsports has won twelve Monster Energy Cup Series owners and drivers championships, three Camping World Truck Series owners and drivers titles, and one Xfinity Series drivers crown, 240 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victories, 26 Xfinity Series wins, and 26 Camping World Truck Series victories.[1] As of the 2016 season, the team has won a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 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 Monster Energy Cup Series teams, including the No. 9 NAPA/SunEnergy1/Hooters Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for Chase Elliott, the No. 24 Liberty University/Axalta Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for William Byron, the No. 48 Lowe's/Kobalt Tools Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for Jimmie Johnson, and the No. 88 Nationwide Insurance/Axalta Coating Systems/Mountain Dew Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for Alex Bowman. 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, Jeff Gordon, and Dale Earnhardt Jr.

All Hendrick race cars 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 Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR). 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).

History

What is now Hendrick Motorsports was founded prior to the 1984 season by Rick Hendrick, a Charlotte, North Carolina-based car dealership owner who currently operates a network of dealerships called Hendrick Auto Group. The team was formed along with longtime crew chief and car builder Harry Hyde, NHRA and NASCAR team owner Raymond Beadle, and music entrepreneur C.K. Spurlock as All-Star Racing.[4][5][6] The team, called Hendrick Motorsports by 1985, expanded to two full-time cars in 1986, three in 1987, and four in 2002.[7][8][9] HMS was one of the first teams in NASCAR to be successful operating multiple entries, based on the model used at the Hendrick dealerships.[4][7] The team has also been credited for innovations in engine construction[10] and pit crew training.[11][12][13]

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

Car No. 5 history

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][5] 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 Tim Richmond, then Dale Earnhardt, but did not. As a result, the team signed former Rookie of the Year Geoff Bodine to drive the unsponsored No. 5 Chevy Monte Carlo for 1984. After a slow start seven races into 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 Northwestern Security Life; 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."[4][5][6] The team won two more times and finished ninth in points. Levi Garrett came on to sponsor the No. 5 Chevy in 1985 as part of a multi-year deal.[4] Despite not winning a race that year, Bodine earned three poles and improved to fifth in points.[4] 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.[7] 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 & Associates in 1990.

Ricky Rudd took Bodine's place,[14] winning once at Watkins Glen International,[15] 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 behind champion Dale Earnhardt.[14] 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.[14] Dissatisfied with the distribution of resources within HMS's multiple teams, Rudd left to form his own team, taking Tide with him.[14]

Rudd's replacement was 1984 Winston Cup champion Terry Labonte.[16][17] The car received sponsorship from Kellogg's and their Corn flakes brand.[17] Labonte won three races each in 1994 and 1995, and defeated teammate Jeff Gordon for the 1996 Winston Cup championship by 37 points.[16][17] 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.[16] 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.[17]

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 by winning the Southern 500 at Darlington, the last Southern 500 to be held during the Labor Day weekend until 2015.[16][17] After slipping to twenty-sixth in points in 2004, Labonte announced his semi-retirement. He would drive a limited schedule for two years in the No. 44 car before leaving HMS after the 2006 season. Labonte scored 12 victories with Hendrick Motorsports, to go along with his championship in 1996.[16][17]

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

Hendrick tabbed development driver Kyle Busch, the younger brother of Kurt Busch, as Labonte's replacement for the 2005 season. 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.[18] 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.[19]

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 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race.[20] The win was also the 36th victory and 400th top 10 of Martin's career. Martin won four more races in 2009, Darlington, Michigan, Chicagoland, and New Hampshire. He also won seven pole positions in addition to finishing second in the point standings to teammate Jimmie Johnson.[21] 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.[22]

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.[23] 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.[24] 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).[25] 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.[26]

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.[27] 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.[28]

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.[29] 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.[30]

On August 20, 2017, Hendrick announced William Byron would take over the No. 5 in 2018. 20 days later, the team changed Byron's number to No. 24, while Chase Elliott (who was using the number) moved to the rebranded No. 9.[31]

Car No. 5 results

Year Driver No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 Owners Pts
1984 Geoff Bodine 5 Chevy DAY
8
RCH
9
CAR
6
ATL
13
BRI
25
NWS
14
DAR
35
MAR
1
TAL
34
NSV
3
DOV
10
CLT
5
RSD
4
POC
36
MCH
7
DAY
12
NSV
1*
POC
12
TAL
26
MCH
34
BRI
22
DAR
12
RCH
4
DOV
9
MAR
28
CLT
6
NWS
23
CAR
19
ATL
24*
RSD
1
9th 3734
1985 DAY
7
RCH
2
CAR
12
ATL
2
BRI
18
DAR
7
NWS
5
MAR
3
TAL
11
DOV
11
CLT
16
RSD
22
POC
4*
MCH
11
DAY
14
POC
4
TAL
23
MCH
23
BRI
25
DAR
3
RCH
7
DOV
25
MAR
24
NWS
2
CLT
3
CAR
5
ATL
11
RSD
6
5th 3862
1986 DAY
1*
RCH
8
CAR
20
ATL
10
BRI
24
DAR
40
NWS
3
MAR
17
TAL
27
DOV
1
CLT
31
RSD
39
POC
9
MCH
3
DAY
29
POC
3*
TAL
23
GLN
19*
MCH
4
BRI
3
DAR
8
RCH
13
DOV
28
MAR
2*
NWS
2*
CLT
6
CAR
32
ATL
38
RSD
3*
8th 3678
1987 DAY
14
CAR
32
RCH
2
ATL
15
DAR
11
NWS
28
BRI
19
MAR
3
TAL
40
CLT
18
DOV
28
POC
9
RSD
27
MCH
11
DAY
39
POC
34
TAL
13
GLN
15
MCH
10
BRI
6
DAR
18
RCH
6
DOV
6
MAR
20
NWS
5
CLT
31
CAR
8
RSD
10*
ATL
31
13th 3328
1988 DAY
14
RCH
13
CAR
18
ATL
33
DAR
7
BRI
3
NWS
9
MAR
15
TAL
3*
CLT
24
DOV
8
RSD
34
POC
1*
MCH
5
DAY
16
POC
4
TAL
2
GLN
32
MCH
10
BRI
3
DAR
7
RCH
22
DOV
5
MAR
5
CLT
31
NWS
3
CAR
30
PHO
6
ATL
15
5th 3799
1989 DAY
4
CAR
4
ATL
19
RCH
18*
DAR
3
BRI
3
NWS
7
MAR
16
TAL
12
CLT
4
DOV
29
SON
20
POC
35
MCH
27
DAY
22
POC
17
TAL
35
GLN
21
MCH
5
BRI
16
DAR
12
RCH
3
DOV
27
MAR
16
CLT
22
NWS
1
CAR
7
PHO
28
ATL
2
9th 3600
1990 Ricky Rudd DAY
4
RCH
3
CAR
31
ATL
27
DAR
24
BRI
3
NWS
4
MAR
23
TAL
33
CLT
28
DOV
11
SON
3
POC
32
MCH
9
DAY
13
POC
7
TAL
5
GLN
1
MCH
5
BRI
10
DAR
7
RCH
8
DOV
32
MAR
28*
NWS
11
CLT
6
CAR
7
PHO
32
ATL
16
8th 3601
1991 DAY
9
RCH
2*
CAR
4
ATL
6
DAR
1
BRI
5*
NWS
11
MAR
11
TAL
13
CLT
9
DOV
10
SON
2
POC
20
MCH
8
DAY
9
POC
20
TAL
4
GLN
2
MCH
11
BRI
5
DAR
15
RCH
5
DOV
7
MAR
8
NWS
12
CLT
32
CAR
12
PHO
11
ATL
11
2nd 4092
1992 DAY
40
CAR
28
RCH
6
ATL
12
DAR
5
BRI
6
NWS
3
MAR
23
TAL
26
CLT
9
DOV
6
SON
4
POC
36
MCH
5
DAY
7
POC
4
TAL
4*
GLN
13
MCH
36
BRI
8
DAR
10
RCH
6
DOV
1
MAR
10
NWS
15
CLT
5
CAR
3
PHO
30
ATL
25
7th 3735
1993 DAY
30
CAR
12
RCH
15
ATL
5
DAR
19
BRI
26
NWS
7
MAR
29
TAL
41
SON
3
CLT
37
DOV
35
POC
9
MCH
1
DAY
4
NHA
5
POC
11
TAL
24
GLN
24
MCH
35*
BRI
22
DAR
6
RCH
4
DOV
21
MAR
4
NWS
5
CLT
8
CAR
14
PHO
6
ATL
2
10th 3644
1994 Terry Labonte DAY
3
CAR
17
RCH
9
ATL
14
DAR
35
BRI
24
NWS
1
MAR
15
TAL
32
SON
28
CLT
35
DOV
26
POC
18
MCH
20
DAY
15
NHA
11
POC
15
TAL
10
IND
12
GLN
6
MCH
8
BRI
33
DAR
10
RCH
1*
DOV
7
MAR
14
NWS
2
CLT
7
CAR
5
PHO
1*
ATL
8
8th 3876
1995 DAY
8
CAR
26
RCH
1
ATL
3
DAR
34
BRI
7
NWS
16
MAR
36
TAL
26
SON
5
CLT
2
DOV
37
POC
1
MCH
9
DAY
19
NHA
4
POC
14
TAL
33
IND
13
GLN
5
MCH
2
BRI
1
DAR
19
RCH
2
DOV
15
MAR
2
NWS
4
CLT
3
CAR
4
PHO
13
ATL
13
6th 4146
1996 DAY
24*
CAR
34*
RCH
8
ATL
2
DAR
5
BRI
2
NWS
1*
MAR
24
TAL
4
SON
5
CLT
3
DOV
2
POC
7
MCH
2
DAY
2
NHA
6
POC
16
TAL
24
IND
3
GLN
2
MCH
3
BRI
5
DAR
26
RCH
5
DOV
21
MAR
2
NWS
5
CLT
1*
CAR
3
PHO
3
ATL
5
1st 4657
1997 DAY
2
CAR
7
RCH
7
ATL
9
DAR
13
TEX
4*
BRI
3
MAR
4
SON
3
TAL
6
CLT
8
DOV
14
POC
9
MCH
39
CAL
2
DAY
2
NHA
7
POC
35
IND
40
GLN
8
MCH
10
BRI
7
DAR
6
RCH
17
NHA
41
DOV
37
MAR
22
CLT
11
TAL
1*
CAR
7
PHO
11
ATL
21
6th 4177
1998 DAY
13
CAR
8
LVS
15
ATL
12
DAR
6
BRI
2
TEX
6
MAR
26
TAL
4*
CAL
3
CLT
41
DOV
10
RCH
1
MCH
19
POC
12
SON
42
NHA
14
POC
31
IND
9
GLN
40
MCH
36
BRI
13
NHA
39
DAR
25
RCH
21
DOV
18
MAR
6
CLT
38
TAL
3
DAY
6
PHO
10
CAR
8
ATL
8
9th 3901
1999 DAY
38
CAR
7
LVS
8
ATL
13
DAR
11
TEX
1*
BRI
13
MAR
15
TAL
39
CAL
9
RCH
26
CLT
11
DOV
17
MCH
23
POC
16
SON
29
DAY
10
NHA
11
POC
6
IND
11
GLN
11
MCH
26
BRI
8
DAR
17
RCH
43
NHA
31
DOV
27
MAR
40
CLT
21
TAL
34
CAR
14
PHO
28
HOM
31
ATL
40
12th 3580
2000 DAY
7
CAR
17
LVS
31
ATL
15
DAR
11
BRI
5
TEX
8
MAR
23
TAL
7
CAL
33
RCH
2
CLT
22
DOV
11
MCH
26
POC
12
SON
27
DAY
41
NHA
43
POC
11
MCH
20
BRI
16
DAR
15
RCH
25
NHA
25
DOV
13
MAR
17
CLT
27
TAL
5
CAR
38
PHO
17
HOM
25
ATL
17
15th 3669
Todd Bodine IND
15
Ron Hornaday Jr. GLN
15
2001 Terry Labonte DAY
24
CAR
29
LVS
22
ATL
5
DAR
38
BRI
6
TEX
13
MAR
23
TAL
11
CAL
30
RCH
38
CLT
23
DOV
17
MCH
26
POC
31
SON
36
DAY
40
CHI
25
NHA
32
POC
34
IND
19
GLN
21
MCH
29
BRI
10
DAR
11
RCH
38
DOV
17
KAN
27
CLT
27
MAR
34
TAL
13
PHO
20
CAR
28
HOM
11
ATL
32
NHA
27
27th 3280
2002 DAY
20
CAR
16
LVS
38
ATL
14
DAR
23
BRI
16
TEX
10
MAR
6
TAL
20
CAL
21
RCH
33
CLT
12
DOV
15
POC
38
MCH
31
SON
3
DAY
14
CHI
13
NHA
22
POC
9
IND
13
GLN
31
MCH
33
BRI
30
DAR
31
RCH
41
NHA
30
DOV
38
KAN
12
TAL
38
CLT
21
MAR
22
ATL
25
CAR
32
PHO
26
HOM
28
25th 3417
2003 DAY
30
CAR
27
LVS
16
ATL
20
DAR
24
BRI
39
TEX
16
TAL
5
MAR
14
CAL
12
RCH
21
CLT
21
DOV
10
POC
7
MCH
10
SON
25
DAY
4
CHI
15
NHA
20
POC
5
IND
19
GLN
18
MCH
13
BRI
11
DAR
1
RCH
8
NHA
18
DOV
20
TAL
22
KAN
16
CLT
18
MAR
6
ATL
33
PHO
30
CAR
12
HOM
15
10th 4162
2004 DAY
20
CAR
17
LVS
17
ATL
24
DAR
19
BRI
18
TEX
41
MAR
23
TAL
25
CAL
7
RCH
18
CLT
37
DOV
7
POC
7
MCH
26
SON
40
DAY
8
CHI
6
NHA
16
POC
6
IND
38
GLN
39
MCH
27
BRI
15
CAL
19
RCH
18
NHA
24
DOV
27
TAL
21
KAN
21
CLT
25
MAR
25
ATL
31
PHO
32
DAR
28
HOM
31
27th 3519
2005 Kyle Busch DAY
38
CAL
23
LVS
2
ATL
12
BRI
28
MAR
39
TEX
21
PHO
8
TAL
41
DAR
23
RCH
4
CLT
25
DOV
2
POC
4
MCH
9
SON
40
DAY
31
CHI
14
NHA
4
POC
39
IND
10
GLN
33
MCH
43
BRI
33
CAL
1*
RCH
4
NHA
27
DOV
2
TAL
33
KAN
21
CLT
39
MAR
9
ATL
12
TEX
40
PHO
1
HOM
41
20th 3753
2006 DAY
23
CAL
10
LVS
3
ATL
12
BRI
8
MAR
5
TEX
15
PHO
36
TAL
32
RCH
5
DAR
7
CLT
38
DOV
5
POC
22
MCH
14
SON
11
DAY
2
CHI
3
NHA
1*
POC
12
IND
7
GLN
9
MCH
39
BRI
2
CAL
8
RCH
2*
NHA
38
DOV
40
KAN
7
TAL
11
CLT
6
MAR
18
ATL
27
TEX
4
PHO
38
HOM
38
10th 6027
2007 DAY
24
CAL
9
LVS
9
ATL
32
BRI
1
MAR
4
TEX
37
PHO
7
TAL
37
RCH
2
DAR
37
CLT
30
DOV
17
POC
8
MCH
6
SON
8
NHA
11
DAY
2
CHI
13
IND
4
POC
12
GLN
7
MCH
13
BRI
9
CAL
3*
RCH
20
NHA
4
DOV
5
KAN
41
TAL
36
CLT
3
MAR
4
ATL
20
TEX
4*
PHO
8
HOM
20
5th 6293
2008 Casey Mears DAY
35
CAL
42
LVS
13
ATL
17
BRI
42
MAR
7
TEX
22
PHO
11
TAL
7
RCH
36
DAR
35
CLT
29
DOV
17
POC
26
MCH
30
SON
5
NHA
7
DAY
34
CHI
33
IND
26
POC
22
GLN
19
MCH
18
BRI
41
CAL
26
RCH
11
NHA
37
DOV
15
KAN
14
TAL
14
CLT
29
MAR
6
ATL
12
TEX
14
PHO
36
HOM
8
21st 3527
2009 Mark Martin DAY
16
CAL
40
LVS
40
ATL
31
BRI
6
MAR
7
TEX
6
PHO
1*
TAL
43
RCH
5
DAR
1
CLT
17
DOV
10
POC
19
MCH
1
SON
35
NHA
14
DAY
38
CHI
1*
IND
2
POC
7
GLN
23
MCH
31
BRI
2*
ATL
5
RCH
4
NHA
1
DOV
2
KAN
7
CAL
4
CLT
17
MAR
8
TAL
28
TEX
4
PHO
4
HOM
12
2nd 6511
2010 DAY
12
CAL
4
LVS
4
ATL
33
BRI
35
MAR
21
PHO
4
TEX
6
TAL
5
RCH
25
DAR
16
DOV
15
CLT
4
POC
29
MCH
16
SON
14
NHA
21
DAY
28
CHI
15
IND
11
POC
7
GLN
19
MCH
28
BRI
23
ATL
21
RCH
20
NHA
29
DOV
12
KAN
14
CAL
6
CLT
14
MAR
2
TAL
11
TEX
3
PHO
8
HOM
16
13th 4364
2011 DAY
10
PHO
13
LVS
18
BRI
12
CAL
20
MAR
10
TEX
36
TAL
8
RCH
14
DAR
19
DOV
2
CLT
34
KAN
21
POC
18
MCH
9
SON
19
DAY
33
KEN
22
NHA
22
IND
8
POC
13
GLN
25
MCH
4
BRI
38
ATL
17
RCH
10
CHI
9
NHA
24
DOV
19
KAN
10
CLT
37
TAL
20
MAR
28
TEX
19
PHO
16
HOM
24
22nd 930
2012 Kasey Kahne DAY
29
PHO
34
LVS
19
BRI
37
CAL
14
MAR
38
TEX
7
KAN
8
RCH
5
TAL
4
DAR
8
CLT
1
DOV
9
POC
29
MCH
33
SON
14
KEN
2
DAY
7
NHA
1
IND
12
POC
2
GLN
13
MCH
3
BRI
9
ATL
23
RCH
12
CHI
3
NHA
5
DOV
15
TAL
12
CLT
8
KAN
4
MAR
3
TEX
25
PHO
4
HOM
21
4th 2345
2013 DAY
36
PHO
19
LVS
2*
BRI
1
CAL
9
MAR
4
TEX
11
KAN
2
RCH
21
TAL
42
DAR
17
CLT
2*
DOV
23
POC
36
MCH
38
SON
6
KEN
11
DAY
32
NHA
11
IND
3
POC
1*
GLN
34
MCH
7
BRI
2
ATL
36
RCH
14
CHI
12
NHA
37
DOV
13
KAN
15
CLT
2*
TAL
36
MAR
27
TEX
5
PHO
2
HOM
13
12th 2283
2014 DAY
31
PHO
11
LVS
8
BRI
8
CAL
41
MAR
22
TEX
11
DAR
37
RCH
14
TAL
8
KAN
3
CLT
14
DOV
19
POC
42
MCH
5
SON
6
KEN
8
DAY
27
NHA
11
IND
6
POC
10
GLN
12
MCH
16
BRI
35
ATL
1
RCH
17
CHI
13
NHA
23
DOV
20
KAN
22
CLT
10
TAL
12
MAR
40
TEX
38
PHO
21
HOM
12
15th 2234
2015 DAY
9
ATL
14
LVS
17
PHO
4
CAL
17
MAR
11
TEX
8
BRI
37
RCH
6
TAL
34
KAN
17
CLT
12
DOV
4
POC
13
MCH
15
SON
8
DAY
32
KEN
27
NHA
19
IND
24
POC
43
GLN
42
MCH
15
BRI
16
DAR
12
RCH
18
CHI
24
NHA
9
DOV
6
CLT
43
KAN
4
TAL
19
MAR
9
TEX
20
PHO
26
HOM
19
18th 939
2016 DAY
13
ATL
23
LVS
10
PHO
22
CAL
28
MAR
22
TEX
8
BRI
17
RCH
4
TAL
39
KAN
16
DOV
4
CLT
22
POC
6
MCH
13
SON
9
DAY
30
KEN
14
NHA
25
IND
18
POC
15
GLN
20
BRI
13
MCH
14
DAR
7
RCH
6
CHI
7
NHA
9
DOV
12
CLT
3
KAN
10
TAL
35
MAR
11
TEX
8
PHO
13
HOM
37
17th 898
2017 DAY
7
ATL
4
LVS
12
PHO
20
CAL
20
MAR
14
TEX
38
BRI
20
RCH
22
TAL
5
KAN
15
CLT
35
DOV
17
POC
35
MCH
21
SON
24
DAY
18
KEN
38
NHA
28
IND
1
POC
11
GLN
16
MCH
38
BRI
24
DAR
24
RCH
12
CHI
21
NHA
35
DOV
14
CLT
9
TAL
8
KAN
15
MAR
16
TEX
11
PHO
19
HOM
34
15th 2198

Car No. 17 history

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.[8] 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.[32] 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.[32]

Car No. 17 results

Year Driver No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 Owners Pts
1987 Darrell Waltrip 17 Chevy DAY
8
CAR
7
RCH
20
ATL
6
DAR
10
NWS
21
BRI
12
MAR
21
TAL
11
CLT
5
DOV
7
POC
13
RSD
30
MCH
7
DAY
4
POC
19
TAL
4
GLN
11
MCH
17
BRI
21
DAR
10
RCH
2
DOV
10
MAR
1
NWS
12
CLT
9
CAR
3
RSD
6
ATL
18
4th 3911
1988 DAY
11
RCH
4
CAR
24
ATL
3
DAR
24
BRI
23
NWS
14
MAR
5
TAL
37
CLT
1
DOV
23
RSD
28
POC
6
MCH
8
DAY
5
POC
5
TAL
33*
GLN
20
MCH
17
BRI
7
DAR
4
RCH
8
DOV
17
MAR
1
CLT
2
NWS
12
CAR
31
PHO
13
ATL
5
6th 3764
1989 DAY
1
CAR
29
ATL
1
RCH
7
DAR
36
BRI
2
NWS
8
MAR
1*
TAL
5
CLT
1
DOV
9
SON
38
POC
32
MCH
3
DAY
19
POC
4
TAL
2
GLN
16
MCH
37
BRI
1*
DAR
22
RCH
6
DOV
18
MAR
1
CLT
14
NWS
20
CAR
3
PHO
4
ATL
5
4th 3971
1990 DAY
14
RCH
12
CAR
6
ATL
26
DAR
11
BRI
9*
NWS
2
MAR
4
TAL
10
CLT
22
DOV
19
SON
33
POC
8
MCH
15
DAY
INQ
POC
20
RCH
3
DOV
19
MAR
19
NWS
7
CLT
9
CAR
8
PHO
4
ATL
5
5th 3691
Jimmy Horton DAY
17
TAL
13
Sarel van der Merwe GLN
24
Greg Sacks MCH
2
BRI
20
DAR
30

Car No. 24 history

The rainbow paint scheme in 1997.

From 1992 to 2015, the No. 24 car was driven by Jeff Gordon with a sponsorship from DuPont Automotive Finishes (now Axalta Coating Systems) with Pepsi also having a long relationship with him. AARP Drive to End Hunger took over as the primary sponsorship 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 at Atlanta Motor Speedway in March 1992, driving BDR's No.1 Ford.[33] 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 and 1990, but was changed after a licensing conflict with Paramount Pictures. The number 24 was selected due to when it had little significance in NASCAR history prior to Gordon,[34] with no driver winning a Cup race using the number before Gordon.[35]

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,[34][36] qualifying 21st and finishing 31st following a crash. The team went full-time in 1993 with Ray Evernham serving as crew chief. Gordon won his Twin 125 qualifying race at Daytona and finished fifth in the Daytona 500. He finished 14th in points and took home rookie of the year honors.[36] In 1994, Gordon scored his first Winston Cup victory in the Coca-Cola 600 and 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 second behind teammate Terry Labonte for the 1996 season.

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).[36] 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 13. The following season, Gordon again won the 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.[37]

2008 No. 24 DuPont-sponsored Impala.

In 2000, Whitesell moved to a new position within the organization and was replaced by Robbie Loomis. Gordon picked up his 50th 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.[38] Gordon would bounce back with six wins, six poles, and 24 total top finishes, winning his fourth championship. In 2002, Gordon became car owner for rookie Jimmie Johnson's No. 48 Lowe's-sponsored 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 for the third time, his season fell into a downward spiral. Gordon missed the chase for the Nextel Cup and finished 11th in points that year, which was the first time since his rookie season that he finished outside the Top 10 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 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup and finish sixth in points. In 2007, despite winning six races and scoring a modern era record 30 Top 10's, 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 Coating Systems 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.[24] 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 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. 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.[39]

Gordon was added as a special 13th Chaser in 2013, following a controversy during the cutoff race at Richmond;[40][41] 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.

A No. 24 pit crew member at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in 2015

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.[42][43] 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.[36] After 26 races, Gordon was 13th in championship points, earning a spot in the 2015 Chase for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup.[44] 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.[45] 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.[46][47] Gordon finished sixth in the race and third in the final points standings.[48]

In 2016, Hendrick development driver Chase Elliott took over the No. 24 full-time after much speculation, running for Rookie of the Year.[49] NAPA Auto Parts, which sponsored Elliott in the Xfinity Series, will sponsor 24 races.[49] 3M will return to only five events, in part due to restructuring within the company.[50] Axalta, meanwhile, moved over to the 88 team of Dale Earnhardt, Jr.[51] In his first Daytona 500 start, Elliott won the pole, becoming the third rookie in the past five years to do so, but crashed early in the race, finishing in 37th place, 40 laps down. On August 29, 2017, HMS announced the No. 24 would become the No. 9 in 2018; while No. 24 remained with the team for William Byron, the assets of Elliott's No. 24 would be transferred to the No. 9, while the No. 5 team would become the No. 24's.[31]

Car No. 24 results

Year Driver No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 Owners Pts
1992 Jeff Gordon 24 Chevy DAY CAR RCH ATL DAR BRI NWS MAR TAL CLT DOV SON POC MCH DAY POC TAL GLN MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV MAR NWS CLT CAR PHO ATL
31
79th 70
1993 DAY
5
CAR
34
RCH
6
ATL
4
DAR
24
BRI
17
NWS
34
MAR
8
TAL
11
SON
11
CLT
2
DOV
18
POC
28
MCH
2
DAY
5
NHA
7
POC
37
TAL
31
GLN
31
MCH
3
BRI
20
DAR
22
RCH
10
DOV
24
MAR
11
NWS
34
CLT
5
CAR
21
PHO
35
ATL
31
15th 3447
1994 DAY
4
CAR
32
RCH
3
ATL
8
DAR
31
BRI
22
NWS
15
MAR
33
TAL
24
SON
37
CLT
1
DOV
5
POC
6
MCH
12
DAY
8
NHA
39
POC
8
TAL
31
IND
1*
GLN
9
MCH
15
BRI
32
DAR
6
RCH
2
DOV
11
MAR
11
NWS
8
CLT
28
CAR
29
PHO
4
ATL
15
9th 3776
1995 DAY
22
CAR
1*
RCH
36
ATL
1*
DAR
32*
BRI
1*
NWS
2
MAR
3
TAL
2
SON
3
CLT
33
DOV
6
POC
16*
MCH
2*
DAY
1*
NHA
1*
POC
2
TAL
8*
IND
6
GLN
3
MCH
3*
BRI
6
DAR
1
RCH
6
DOV
1*
MAR
7
NWS
3
CLT
30
CAR
20
PHO
5
ATL
32
1st 4614
1996 DAY
42
CAR
40
RCH
1
ATL
3
DAR
1*
BRI
1*
NWS
2
MAR
3*
TAL
33
SON
6
CLT
4
DOV
1*
POC
1*
MCH
6
DAY
3
NHA
34*
POC
7
TAL
1
IND
37
GLN
4
MCH
5
BRI
2
DAR
1
RCH
2*
DOV
1*
MAR
1
NWS
1*
CLT
31
CAR
12
PHO
5
ATL
3
2nd 4620
1997 DAY
1
CAR
1
RCH
4
ATL
42
DAR
3
TEX
30
BRI
1
MAR
1*
SON
2
TAL
5
CLT
1
DOV
26
POC
1
MCH
5
CAL
1*
DAY
21
NHA
23
POC
2
IND
4
GLN
1*
MCH
2
BRI
35
DAR
1
RCH
3
NHA
1*
DOV
7
MAR
4
CLT
5
TAL
35
CAR
4
PHO
17
ATL
17
1st 4710
1998 DAY
16
CAR
1
LVS
17
ATL
19
DAR
2
BRI
1
TEX
31
MAR
8
TAL
5
CAL
4
CLT
1
DOV
3*
RCH
37
MCH
3*
POC
2
SON
1*
NHA
3
POC
1*
IND
1*
GLN
1*
MCH
1
BRI
5
NHA
1
DAR
1
RCH
2
DOV
2
MAR
2
CLT
5
TAL
2
DAY
1*
PHO
7
CAR
1
ATL
1*
1st 5328
1999 DAY
1
CAR
39
LVS
3
ATL
1*
DAR
3
TEX
43
BRI
6
MAR
3
TAL
38
CAL
1*
RCH
31
CLT
39
DOV
2
MCH
2
POC
2
SON
1*
DAY
21
NHA
3
POC
32
IND
3
GLN
1*
MCH
2*
BRI
4
DAR
13
RCH
40
NHA
5
DOV
17
MAR
1
CLT
1
TAL
12*
CAR
11
PHO
10
HOM
10
ATL
38
6th 4620
2000 DAY
34
CAR
10
LVS
28
ATL
9
DAR
8
BRI
8*
TEX
25
MAR
4
TAL
1
CAL
11
RCH
14
CLT
10
DOV
32
MCH
14
POC
8
SON
1*
DAY
10
NHA
5
POC
3
IND
33
GLN
23
MCH
36
BRI
23
DAR
4
RCH
1
NHA
6
DOV
9
MAR
5
CLT
39
TAL
4
CAR
2
PHO
7
HOM
7
ATL
4
9th 4361
2001 DAY
30
CAR
3*
LVS
1
ATL
2*
DAR
40
BRI
4
TEX
5
MAR
12
TAL
27
CAL
2
RCH
2
CLT
29
DOV
1*
MCH
1*
POC
2*
SON
3*
DAY
37
CHI
17
NHA
2*
POC
8*
IND
1
GLN
1
MCH
7
BRI
3*
DAR
2*
RCH
36
DOV
4
KAN
1
CLT
16
MAR
9
TAL
7
PHO
6
CAR
25
HOM
28
ATL
6
NHA
15*
1st 5112
2002 DAY
9
CAR
7
LVS
17
ATL
16
DAR
9*
BRI
31
TEX
2
MAR
23
TAL
4
CAL
16
RCH
7
CLT
5
DOV
6
POC
5
MCH
5
SON
37*
DAY
22
CHI
2
NHA
29
POC
12
IND
6
GLN
22
MCH
19
BRI
1*
DAR
1*
RCH
40
NHA
14
DOV
37
KAN
1*
TAL
42
CLT
4
MAR
36
ATL
6
CAR
5
PHO
3
HOM
5
5th 4607
2003 DAY
12
CAR
15
LVS
37
ATL
2
DAR
33
BRI
9*
TEX
3
TAL
8
MAR
1
CAL
11
RCH
16
CLT
8
DOV
2
POC
13
MCH
3
SON
2
DAY
14
CHI
4
NHA
24*
POC
36
IND
4
GLN
33
MCH
30
BRI
28*
DAR
32
RCH
10*
NHA
19
DOV
5
TAL
5*
KAN
5
CLT
5
MAR
1*
ATL
1
PHO
7
CAR
22
HOM
5
4th 4785
2004 DAY
8
CAR
10
LVS
15
ATL
10
DAR
41
BRI
9
TEX
3
MAR
6*
TAL
1
CAL
1*
RCH
6
CLT
30
DOV
36
POC
4
MCH
38*
SON
1*
DAY
1*
CHI
4
NHA
2
POC
5
IND
1*
GLN
21
MCH
7
BRI
14
CAL
37
RCH
3
NHA
7
DOV
3
TAL
19
KAN
13
CLT
2
MAR
9
ATL
34
PHO
3
DAR
3*
HOM
3
3rd 6490
2005 DAY
1
CAL
30
LVS
4
ATL
39
BRI
15
MAR
1
TEX
15
PHO
12
TAL
1*
DAR
2
RCH
39
CLT
30
DOV
39
POC
9
MCH
32
SON
33
DAY
7
CHI
33
NHA
25
POC
13
IND
8
GLN
14
MCH
15
BRI
6
CAL
21
RCH
30
NHA
14
DOV
37
TAL
37
KAN
10
CLT
38
MAR
1
ATL
2
TEX
14
PHO
3
HOM
9
11th 4174
2006 DAY
26
CAL
13
LVS
5
ATL
4
BRI
21
MAR
2
TEX
22
PHO
10
TAL
15*
RCH
40
DAR
2
CLT
36
DOV
12
POC
34
MCH
8*
SON
1*
DAY
40
CHI
1
NHA
15
POC
3
IND
16
GLN
13
MCH
2
BRI
5
CAL
5
RCH
31
NHA
3
DOV
3
KAN
39
TAL
36
CLT
24
MAR
5
ATL
6
TEX
9
PHO
4
HOM
24
6th 6256
2007 DAY
10
CAL
2
LVS
2*
ATL
12
BRI
3
MAR
2
TEX
4*
PHO
1
TAL
1*
RCH
4*
DAR
1
CLT
41
DOV
9
POC
1
MCH
9
SON
7
NHA
2
DAY
5
CHI
9
IND
3
POC
4
GLN
9*
MCH
27
BRI
19
CAL
22
RCH
4*
NHA
2
DOV
11
KAN
5
TAL
1
CLT
1
MAR
3*
ATL
7
TEX
7
PHO
10
HOM
4
2nd 6646
2008 DAY
39
CAL
3
LVS
35
ATL
5
BRI
11
MAR
2
TEX
43
PHO
13
TAL
19
RCH
9
DAR
3
CLT
4
DOV
5
POC
14
MCH
18
SON
3
NHA
11
DAY
30
CHI
11
IND
5
POC
10
GLN
29
MCH
42
BRI
5
CAL
15
RCH
8
NHA
14
DOV
7
KAN
4
TAL
38
CLT
8
MAR
4
ATL
9
TEX
2
PHO
41
HOM
4
7th 6316
2009 DAY
13
CAL
2
LVS
6
ATL
2
BRI
4
MAR
4
TEX
1*
PHO
25
TAL
37
RCH
8
DAR
5
CLT
14
DOV
26
POC
4
MCH
2
SON
9
NHA
2
DAY
28
CHI
2
IND
9
POC
8
GLN
37
MCH
2
BRI
23
ATL
8
RCH
3
NHA
15
DOV
6
KAN
2
CAL
2
CLT
4
MAR
5
TAL
20
TEX
13
PHO
9
HOM
6
3rd 6473
2010 DAY
26
CAL
20
LVS
3*
ATL
18
BRI
14
MAR
3
PHO
2
TEX
31
TAL
22
RCH
2
DAR
4*
DOV
11
CLT
6
POC
32
MCH
4
SON
5
NHA
4
DAY
3
CHI
3
IND
23
POC
6
GLN
10
MCH
27
BRI
11
ATL
13
RCH
12
NHA
6
DOV
11
KAN
5
CAL
9
CLT
23
MAR
20
TAL
8
TEX
37
PHO
11
HOM
37
9th 6176
2011 DAY
28
PHO
1*
LVS
36
BRI
14
CAL
18
MAR
5
TEX
23
TAL
3
RCH
39
DAR
12
DOV
17
CLT
20
KAN
4
POC
1
MCH
17
SON
2
DAY
6
KEN
10
NHA
11
IND
2
POC
6
GLN
13
MCH
6
BRI
3*
ATL
1*
RCH
3
CHI
24
NHA
4*
DOV
12
KAN
34
CLT
21
TAL
27
MAR
3
TEX
6
PHO
32
HOM
5
8th 2287
2012 DAY
40
PHO
8
LVS
12
BRI
35
CAL
26
MAR
14*
TEX
4
KAN
21
RCH
23
TAL
33
DAR
35
CLT
7
DOV
13
POC
19
MCH
6
SON
6
KEN
5
DAY
12
NHA
6
IND
5
POC
1
GLN
21
MCH
28
BRI
3
ATL
2
RCH
2
CHI
35
NHA
3
DOV
2
TAL
2
CLT
18
KAN
10
MAR
7
TEX
14
PHO
30
HOM
1
10th 2303
2013 DAY
20
PHO
9
LVS
25
BRI
34
CAL
11
MAR
3
TEX
38
KAN
13
RCH
11
TAL
11
DAR
3
CLT
35
DOV
3
POC
12
MCH
39
SON
2
KEN
8
DAY
34
NHA
10
IND
7
POC
2
GLN
36
MCH
17
BRI
7
ATL
6
RCH
8
CHI
6
NHA
15
DOV
4
KAN
3
CLT
7
TAL
14
MAR
1
TEX
38
PHO
14
HOM
11
6th 2337
2014 DAY
4
PHO
5
LVS
9
BRI
7
CAL
13
MAR
12
TEX
2
DAR
7
RCH
2*
TAL
39
KAN
1
CLT
7
DOV
15
POC
8
MCH
6
SON
2
KEN
6
DAY
12
NHA
26
IND
1
POC
6*
GLN
34*
MCH
1
BRI
16
ATL
17
RCH
2
CHI
2
NHA
26
DOV
1
KAN
14
CLT
2
TAL
26
MAR
2*
TEX
29
PHO
2
HOM
10*
6th 2348
2015 DAY
33*
ATL
41
LVS
18
PHO
9
CAL
10
MAR
9
TEX
7
BRI
3
RCH
8
TAL
31
KAN
4
CLT
15
DOV
10
POC
14
MCH
21
SON
16
DAY
6
KEN
7
NHA
9
IND
42
POC
3
GLN
41
MCH
17
BRI
20
DAR
16
RCH
7
CHI
14
NHA
7
DOV
12
CLT
8
KAN
10
TAL
3
MAR
1
TEX
9
PHO
6
HOM
6
3rd 5038
2016 Chase Elliott DAY
37
ATL
8
LVS
38
PHO
8
CAL
6
MAR
20
TEX
5
BRI
4
RCH
12
TAL
5
KAN
9
DOV
3
CLT
8
POC
4*
MCH
2
SON
21
DAY
32
KEN
31
NHA
34
IND
15
POC
33
GLN
13
BRI
15
MCH
2
DAR
10
RCH
19
CHI
3
NHA
13
DOV
3
CLT
33
KAN
31
TAL
12
MAR
12
TEX
4
PHO
9
HOM
11
10th 2285
2017 DAY
14
ATL
5
LVS
3
PHO
12
CAL
10
MAR
3
TEX
9
BRI
7
RCH
24
TAL
30
KAN
29
CLT
38
DOV
5
POC
8
MCH
2
SON
8
DAY
22
KEN
3
NHA
11
IND
39
POC
10
GLN
13
MCH
8
BRI
18
DAR
11
RCH
10
CHI
2
NHA
11
DOV
2*
CLT
2
TAL
16
KAN
4
MAR
27
TEX
8
PHO
2
HOM
5
5th 2377

Car No. 25 history

Tim Richmond's No.25 Folgers-sponsored Chevrolet

Car No. 25 was owned for many years by Rick Hendrick's father, Joe "Papa" Hendrick. It debuted in 1986 as HMS's second team, with a 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.[4][7][52] Richmond won seven times that year and finished third in points.[53][54] He missed the beginning of the 1987 season due to HIV/AIDS, while publicly saying he was suffering from pneumonia.[53] Benny Parsons drove the first eleven races of the season, with the car renumbered 35;[8][52] Darrell Waltrip was hired to drive Hendrick's third car at this time.[8] Richmond returned midway through the season and won his first two races, at Pocono and Riverside.[53] Following a blown engine at Michigan and deteriorating health, he left the ride after only eight starts.[52] He died in August 1989.[53]

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

In 1988, Ken Schrader took over the ride, winning the pole at the season opening Daytona 500.[55] He won two pole positions, won the Talladega 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 No. 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 No. 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 No. 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.[37] Nadeau had most recently been driving for MB2 Motorsports as a replacement for a retired Ernie Irvan, who - due to injuries - was pulled 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.[56] The team returned for 2001 with UAW and Delphi 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.[56] His replacement was Joe Nemechek, who had been released from Haas-Carter Motorsports after his team lost its sponsor Kmart due to bankruptcy and had spent much of the early part of the season substituting for an injured Johnny Benson, Jr. in the No. 10 car at MB2. Nemechek won at Richmond in 2003[56] but was let go before the end of the season so he could join MB2 Motorsports as the replacement for an injured Nadeau.[56][57]

Nemechek's replacement in the No. 25 was Brian Vickers,[57] 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.[58] 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 Vickers' 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.[59] 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.[60] On June 9, 2006 Hendrick Motorsports announced that Casey Mears of Chip Ganassi Racing would take the spot of Vickers in 2007.[60] 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.[56][61][62]

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.[56] After the season, Mears moved to the No. 5, while the fourth full-time ride was given to the new No. 88 for Dale Earnhardt, Jr., who replaced Kyle Busch at Hendrick Motorsports.[63] This left the No. 25 as a part-time team.

Making his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debut at Texas Motor Speedway in the 2008 Dickies 500, JR Motorsports driver Brad Keselowski started 37th and finished 19th in the No. 25 GoDaddy-sponsored Chevrolet. Keselowski would go on to make limited appearances in the No. 25 in both 2008 and 2009 with the intent of eventually taking over the team's No. 5 car.[64] However, after Mark Martin re-signed to continue driving the No. 5 car in 2010, Keselowski replaced David Stremme in the No. 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.[64][65]

The No. 25 returned in 2011, being driven by Mark Martin in that year's Sprint All-Star Race while his usual No. 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 1990s.[66]

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.[67] The car was officially announced as the No. 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 No. 24 car in 2016.[68]

Car No. 25 results

Year Driver No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 Owners Pts
1986 Tim Richmond 25 Chevy DAY
20
RCH
22
CAR
16
ATL
7
BRI
8
DAR
5
NWS
12
MAR
20
TAL
12
DOV
32
CLT
2
RSD
2*
POC
1*
MCH
15
DAY
1
POC
1
TAL
2
GLN
1
MCH
2
BRI
6
DAR
1*
RCH
1
DOV
26
MAR
10
NWS
11
CLT
27*
CAR
20
ATL
4
RSD
1
3rd 4147
1987 DAY CAR RCH ATL DAR NWS BRI MAR TAL CLT DOV POC
1*
RSD
1
MCH
4
DAY
22
POC
29
TAL
11
GLN
10
MCH
29
BRI DAR RCH DOV MAR NWS CLT CAR 36th 1063
Rick Hendrick RSD
33
ATL
1988 Ken Schrader DAY
6
RCH
DNQ
CAR
10
ATL
8
DAR
29
BRI
10
NWS
11
MAR
10
TAL
5
CLT
6
DOV
21
RSD
20
POC
9
MCH
6
DAY
8
POC
2
TAL
1
GLN
10
MCH
12
BRI
21
DAR
11
RCH
18
DOV
35
MAR
4
CLT
7
NWS
8
CAR
11
PHO
14
ATL
6
7th 3755
1989 DAY
2*
CAR
25
ATL
15
RCH
19
DAR
27
BRI
32
NWS
14
MAR
7
TAL
6
CLT
3
DOV
3
SON
37
POC
4
MCH
11
DAY
36
POC
7
TAL
4
GLN
20
MCH
11
BRI
23
DAR
5
RCH
24
DOV
3
MAR
10
CLT
1
NWS
13
CAR
4
PHO
13
ATL
4
5th 3876
1990 DAY
40
RCH
10
CAR
3
ATL
4
DAR
10
BRI
6
NWS
19
MAR
6
TAL
28
CLT
11
DOV
2
SON
18
POC
15
MCH
27
DAY
3
POC
11
TAL
16
GLN
9
MCH
40
BRI
12
DAR
39
RCH
10
DOV
10
MAR
27
NWS
5
CLT
35
CAR
5
PHO
2
ATL
11
11th 3572
1991 DAY
31
RCH
10
CAR
2
ATL
1
DAR
19
BRI
29
NWS
5
MAR
23
TAL
7
CLT
2
DOV
1
SON
5
POC
7
MCH
6
DAY
4
POC
23
TAL
40
GLN
30
MCH
10
BRI
3
DAR
3
RCH
8
DOV
33
MAR
9
NWS
8
CLT
38
CAR
5
PHO
17
ATL
37
9th 3690
1992 DAY
37
CAR
5
RCH
14
ATL
41
DAR
12
BRI
3
NWS
22
MAR
7
TAL
23
CLT
26
DOV
23
SON
9
POC
4
MCH
13
DAY
6
POC
12
TAL
9
GLN
21
MCH
11
BRI
3
DAR
13
RCH
9
DOV
30
MAR
13
NWS
23
CLT
7
CAR
32
PHO
6
ATL
36
17th 3404
1993 DAY
8
CAR
24
RCH
20
ATL
29
DAR
4
BRI
34
NWS
3
MAR
18
TAL
21
SON
4
CLT
4
DOV
5
POC
2
MCH
16
DAY
3
NHA
38
POC
6
TAL
32
GLN
5
MCH
27
BRI
24
DAR
9
RCH
12
DOV
2
MAR
13
NWS
10
CLT
9
CAR
8
PHO
33
ATL
27
9th 3715
1994 DAY
10
CAR
9
RCH
11
ATL
16
DAR
7
BRI
2
NWS
9
MAR
31
TAL
5
SON
9
CLT
24
DOV
3
POC
3
MCH
6
DAY
5
NHA
24
POC
39
TAL
4
IND
7
GLN
4
MCH
11
BRI
19
DAR
32*
RCH
9
DOV
4
MAR
6
NWS
14
CLT
4
CAR
32
PHO
15
ATL
11
5th 4060
1995 DAY
9
CAR
39
RCH
4
ATL
27
DAR
11
BRI
26
NWS
12
MAR
6
TAL
40
SON
9
CLT
30*
DOV
11
POC
3
MCH
27
DAY
6
NHA
10
POC
40
TAL
32
IND
19
GLN
36
MCH
26
BRI
14
DAR
23
RCH
9
DOV
12
MAR
32
NWS
8
CLT
35
CAR
33
PHO
10
ATL
42
17th 3221
1996 DAY
3
CAR
29
RCH
14
ATL
6
DAR
28
BRI
29
NWS
9
MAR
7
TAL
20
SON
8
CLT
5
DOV
10
POC
18
MCH
16
DAY
8
NHA
8
POC
15
TAL
26
IND
16
GLN
25
MCH
15
BRI
13
DAR
4
RCH
13
DOV
22
MAR
30
NWS
18
CLT
29
CAR
23
PHO
35
ATL
30
12th 3540
1997 Ricky Craven DAY
3
CAR
5
RCH
14
ATL
35
DAR
40
MAR
22
SON
39
TAL
27
CLT
37
DOV
13
POC
16
MCH
18
CAL
9
DAY
37
NHA
16
POC
18
IND
16
GLN
17
MCH
12
BRI
13
DAR
31
RCH
18
NHA
5
DOV
41
MAR
8
CLT
25
TAL
6
CAR
3*
PHO
43
ATL
39
18th 3244
Todd Bodine TEX
25
Jack Sprague BRI
40
1998 Ricky Craven 50 DAY
14
CAR
10
LVS
27
ATL
34
NHA
29
POC
41
IND
17
GLN
35
27th 2814
Randy LaJoie DAR
38
BRI
10
TEX
25
MAR
5
TAL
10
CAL
36
CLT
38
DOV
43
RCH
31
Wally Dallenbach Jr. MCH
10
POC
7
SON
27
MCH
8
BRI
28
NHA
43
DAR
31
RCH
30
DOV
25
MAR
32
CLT
23
TAL
39
DAY
30
PHO
25
CAR
36
ATL
25
1999 25 DAY
12
CAR
17
LVS
13
ATL
39
DAR
38
TEX
23
BRI
30
MAR
18
TAL
20
CAL
8
RCH
20
CLT
21
DOV
20
MCH
14
POC
39
SON
41
DAY
26
NHA
7
POC
5
IND
14
GLN
7
MCH
23
BRI
28
DAR
21
RCH
28
NHA
22
DOV
15
MAR
22
CLT
33
TAL
35
CAR
39
PHO
9
HOM
9
ATL
23
18th 3367
2000 Jerry Nadeau DAY
35
CAR
29
LVS
20
ATL
42
DAR
37
BRI
19
TEX
43
MAR
20
TAL
19
CAL
13
RCH
30
CLT
38
DOV
42
MCH
23
POC
20
SON
8
DAY
15
NHA
4
POC
27
IND
4
GLN
38
MCH
12
BRI
32
DAR
29
RCH
10
NHA
21
DOV
33
MAR
12
CLT
36
TAL
13
CAR
27
PHO
23
HOM
12
ATL
1*
22nd 3273
2001 DAY
32
CAR
15
LVS
15
ATL
3
DAR
20
BRI
30
TEX
29
MAR
10
TAL
25
CAL
8
RCH
41
CLT
13
DOV
38
MCH
28
POC
19
SON
31
DAY
6
CHI
37
NHA
33
POC
24
IND
38
GLN
6
MCH
34
BRI
20
DAR
9
RCH
14
DOV
2
KAN
12
CLT
40
MAR
24
TAL
35
PHO
24
CAR
5
HOM
33
ATL
4
NHA
6
18th 3675
2002 DAY
28
CAR
25
LVS
15
ATL
30
DAR
18
BRI
8
TEX
32
MAR
39
TAL
32
CAL
26
RCH
41
34th 2946
Joe Nemechek CLT
30
DOV
43
POC
41
MCH
29
SON
18
DAY
36
CHI
33
NHA
41
POC
24
IND
20
GLN
38
MCH
35
BRI
27
DAR
21
RCH
25
NHA
32
DOV
23
KAN
4
TAL
39
CLT
40
MAR
41
ATL
2
CAR
28
PHO
33
HOM
2*
2003 DAY
22
CAR
23
LVS
9
ATL
9
DAR
13
BRI
27
TEX
35
TAL
21
MAR
15
CAL
32
RCH
1*
CLT
11
DOV
24
POC
38
MCH
21
SON
35
DAY
38
CHI
42
NHA
29
POC
7
IND
37
GLN
17
MCH
20
BRI
19
DAR
21
RCH
26
NHA
3
DOV
43
TAL
25
KAN
37
CLT
31
MAR
20
27th 3334
Brian Vickers ATL
43
PHO
13
CAR
24
HOM
34
2004 DAY
39
CAR
16
LVS
23
ATL
21
DAR
23
BRI
35
TEX
12
MAR
13
TAL
27
CAL
29
RCH
8
CLT
15
DOV
23
POC
13
MCH
9
SON
22
DAY
9
CHI
14
NHA
34
POC
14
IND
29
GLN
30
MCH
22
BRI
20
CAL
13
RCH
37
NHA
22
DOV
38
TAL
36
KAN
19
CLT
40
MAR
27
ATL
7
PHO
18
DAR
21
HOM
18
26th 3521
2005 DAY
21
CAL
21
LVS
43
ATL
6
BRI
12
MAR
35
TEX
34
PHO
5
TAL
37
DAR
16
RCH
32
CLT
31*
DOV
6
POC
2*
MCH
41
SON
34
DAY
29
CHI
4
NHA
11
POC
14
IND
3
GLN
8
MCH
9
BRI
20
CAL
3
RCH
37
NHA
13
DOV
14
TAL
6
KAN
11
CLT
12
MAR
36
ATL
15
TEX
19
PHO
26
HOM
43
17th 3847
2006 DAY
7
CAL
18
LVS
22
ATL
23
BRI
37
MAR
8
TEX
43
PHO
13
TAL
3
RCH
37
DAR
41
CLT
37
DOV
23
POC
4
MCH
17
SON
14
DAY
18
CHI
13
NHA
17
POC
4
IND
17
GLN
16
MCH
15
BRI
33
CAL
41
RCH
24
NHA
5
DOV
29
KAN
8
TAL
1
CLT
10
MAR
17
ATL
19
TEX
27
PHO
11
HOM
21
15th 3906
2007 Casey Mears DAY
20
CAL
31
LVS
40
ATL
28
BRI
10
MAR
42
TEX
23
PHO
37
TAL
39
RCH
18
DAR
35
CLT
1
DOV
13
POC
4
MCH
4
SON
27
NHA
23
DAY
19
CHI
5
IND
35
POC
10
GLN
15
MCH
11
BRI
22
CAL
15
RCH
17
NHA
8
DOV
6
KAN
4
TAL
6
CLT
21
MAR
20
ATL
12
TEX
31
PHO
13
HOM
16
15th 3949
2008 Brad Keselowski DAY CAL LVS ATL BRI MAR TEX PHO TAL RCH DAR CLT DOV POC MCH SON NHA DAY CHI IND POC GLN MCH BRI CAL RCH NHA DOV KAN TAL CLT
DNQ
MAR ATL TEX
19
PHO HOM
23
49th 225
2009 DAY CAL LVS
38
ATL BRI MAR TEX
23
PHO TAL RCH DAR
7
CLT DOV
DNQ
POC MCH SON NHA DAY CHI
32
IND POC GLN MCH
24
BRI ATL RCH NHA DOV KAN
13
CAL CLT
12
MAR TAL TEX PHO HOM 46th 734
2015 Chase Elliott DAY ATL LVS PHO CAL MAR
38
TEX BRI RCH
16
TAL KAN CLT
18
DOV POC MCH SON DAY KEN NHA IND
18
POC GLN MCH BRI DAR
41
RCH CHI NHA DOV CLT KAN TAL MAR TEX PHO HOM 46th 89

Car No. 48 history

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.[9] 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 Monster Energy NASCAR 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.[69] 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 Monster Energy NASCAR 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, behind the Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota of Denny Hamlin. 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 win 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 finishes 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 results

Year Driver No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 Owners Pts
2001 Jimmie Johnson 48 Chevy DAY CAR LVS ATL DAR BRI TEX MAR TAL CAL RCH CLT DOV MCH POC SON DAY CHI NHA POC IND GLN MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV KAN CLT
39
MAR TAL PHO CAR HOM
25
ATL
29
NHA 52nd 210
2002 DAY
15
CAR
28
LVS
6
ATL
3
DAR
6
BRI
7
TEX
6
MAR
35
TAL
7
CAL
1
RCH
31
CLT
7
DOV
1
POC
3
MCH
14
SON
35
DAY
8
CHI
4
NHA
15
POC
15
IND
9
GLN
16
MCH
7
BRI
34
DAR
9
RCH
13
NHA
9
DOV
1
KAN
10
TAL
37
CLT
6
MAR
6
ATL
22
CAR
37
PHO
15
HOM
8
5th 4600
2003 DAY
3
CAR
8
LVS
11
ATL
32
DAR
27
BRI
8
TEX
8
TAL
15
MAR
9
CAL
16
RCH
19
CLT
1
DOV
38
POC
12
MCH
16
SON
17
DAY
18
CHI
3
NHA
1
POC
15
IND
18
GLN
4
MCH
27
BRI
5
DAR
3
RCH
11
NHA
1
DOV
8
TAL
34
KAN
7
CLT
3
MAR
2
ATL
3
PHO
2
CAR
2
HOM
3
2nd 4932
2004 DAY
5
CAR
41
LVS
16
ATL
4
DAR
1
BRI
16
TEX
9
MAR
4
TAL
4
CAL
2
RCH
2
CLT
1
DOV
32
POC
1
MCH
4
SON
5
DAY
2
CHI
2
NHA
11
POC
1
IND
36
GLN
40
MCH
40
BRI
3
CAL
14
RCH
36
NHA
11
DOV
10
TAL
37
KAN
32
CLT
1
MAR
1
ATL
1
PHO
6
DAR
1
HOM
2
2nd 6498
2005 DAY
5
CAL
2
LVS
1
ATL
2
BRI
6
MAR
8
TEX
3
PHO
15
TAL
20
DAR
7
RCH
40
CLT
1
DOV
4
POC
6
MCH
19
SON
36
DAY
6
CHI
3
NHA
13
POC
12
IND
38
GLN
5
MCH
10
BRI
36
CAL
16
RCH
25
NHA
8
DOV
1
TAL
31
KAN
6
CLT
1
MAR
3
ATL
16
TEX
5
PHO
7
HOM
40
5th 6406
2006 DAY
1
CAL
2
LVS
1
ATL
6
BRI
30
MAR
3
TEX
11
PHO
7
TAL
1
RCH
12
DAR
4
CLT
2
DOV
6
POC
10
MCH
6
SON
10
DAY
32
CHI
6
NHA
9
POC
6
IND
1
GLN
17
MCH
13
BRI
10
CAL
11
RCH
23
NHA
39
DOV
13
KAN
14
TAL
24
CLT
2
MAR
1
ATL
2
TEX
2
PHO
2
HOM
9
1st 6475
2007 DAY
39
CAL
3
LVS
1
ATL
1
BRI
16
MAR
1
TEX
38
PHO
4
TAL
2
RCH
1
DAR
3
CLT
10
DOV
15
POC
42
MCH
19
SON
17
NHA
5
DAY
10
CHI
37
IND
39
POC
5
GLN
3
MCH
3
BRI
21
CAL
1
RCH
1
NHA
6
DOV
14
KAN
3
TAL
2
CLT
14
MAR
1
ATL
1
TEX
1
PHO
1
HOM
7
1st 6723
2008 DAY
27
CAL
2
LVS
29
ATL
13
BRI
18
MAR
4
TEX
2
PHO
1
TAL
13
RCH
30
DAR
13
CLT
39
DOV
7
POC
6
MCH
6
SON
15
NHA
9
DAY
23
CHI
2
IND
1
POC
3
GLN
7
MCH
17
BRI
33
CAL
1
RCH
1
NHA
2
DOV
5
KAN
1
TAL
9
CLT
6
MAR
1
ATL
2
TEX
15
PHO
1
HOM
15
1st 6684
2009 DAY
31
CAL
9
LVS
24
ATL
9
BRI
3
MAR
1
TEX
2
PHO
4
TAL
30
RCH
36
DAR
2
CLT
13
DOV
1*
POC
7
MCH
22
SON
4
NHA
9
DAY
2
CHI
8
IND
1
POC
13
GLN
12
MCH
33
BRI
8
ATL
36
RCH
11
NHA
4
DOV
1
KAN
9
CAL
1
CLT
1
MAR
2
TAL
6
TEX
38
PHO
1
HOM
5
1st 6652
2010 DAY
35
CAL
1
LVS
1
ATL
12
BRI
1
MAR
9
PHO
3
TEX
2
TAL
31
RCH
10
DAR
36
DOV
16
CLT
37
POC
5
MCH
6
SON
1
NHA
1
DAY
31
CHI
25
IND
22
POC
10
GLN
28
MCH
12
BRI
35
ATL
3
RCH
3
NHA
25
DOV
1
KAN
2
CAL
3
CLT
3
MAR
5
TAL
7
TEX
9
PHO
5
HOM
2
1st 6622
2011 DAY
27
PHO
3
LVS
16
BRI
3
CAL
2
MAR
11
TEX
8
TAL
1
RCH
8
DAR
15
DOV
9
CLT
28
KAN
7
POC
4
MCH
27
SON
7
DAY
20
KEN
3
NHA
5
IND
19
POC
4
GLN
10
MCH
2
BRI
4
ATL
2
RCH
31
CHI
10
NHA
18
DOV
2
KAN
1
CLT
34
TAL
26
MAR
2
TEX
14
PHO
14
HOM
32
6th 2304
2012 DAY
42
PHO
4
LVS
2
BRI
9
CAL
10
MAR
12
TEX
2
KAN
3
RCH
6
TAL
35
DAR
1
CLT
11
DOV
1
POC
4
MCH
5
SON
5
KEN
6
DAY
36
NHA
7
IND
1
POC
14
GLN
3
MCH
27
BRI
2
ATL
34
RCH
13
CHI
2
NHA
2
DOV
4
TAL
17
CLT
3
KAN
9
MAR
1
TEX
1*
PHO
32
HOM
36
3rd 2360
2013 DAY
1
PHO
2
LVS
6
BRI
22
CAL
12
MAR
1*
TEX
6
KAN
3
RCH
12
TAL
5
DAR
4
CLT
22
DOV
17
POC
1*
MCH
28
SON
9
KEN
9*
DAY
1*
NHA
6
IND
2*
POC
13
GLN
8
MCH
40
BRI
36
ATL
28
RCH
40
CHI
5
NHA
4
DOV
1*
KAN
6
CLT
4
TAL
13*
MAR
5
TEX
1*
PHO
3
HOM
9
1st 2419
2014 DAY
5
PHO
6
LVS
6
BRI
19
CAL
24
MAR
2
TEX
25
DAR
3
RCH
32
TAL
23
KAN
9
CLT
1*
DOV
1*
POC
6
MCH
1
SON
7
KEN
10
DAY
42
NHA
42
IND
14
POC
39
GLN
28
MCH
9
BRI
4
ATL
4
RCH
8
CHI
12
NHA
5
DOV
3
KAN
40
CLT
17
TAL
24*
MAR
32
TEX
1*
PHO
39
HOM
9
11th 2274
2015 DAY
5
ATL
1
LVS
41
PHO
11
CAL
9
MAR
35
TEX
1*
BRI
2
RCH
3
TAL
2
KAN
1
CLT
40
DOV
1
POC
3
MCH
19
SON
6*
DAY
2
KEN
9
NHA
22
IND
15
POC
6
GLN
10
MCH
39
BRI
4
DAR
19
RCH
9
CHI
11
NHA
6
DOV
41
CLT
39
KAN
3
TAL
18
MAR
12
TEX
1
PHO
5
HOM
9
10th 2315
2016 DAY
16
ATL
1
LVS
3*
PHO
11
CAL
1
MAR
9
TEX
4
BRI
23
RCH
3
TAL
22
KAN
17
DOV
25
CLT
3
POC
35
MCH
16
SON
13
DAY
35
KEN
32
NHA
12
IND
3
POC
16
GLN
40
BRI
7
MCH
6
DAR
33
RCH
11
CHI
12*
NHA
8
DOV
7
CLT
1*
KAN
4
TAL
23
MAR
1
TEX
11
PHO
38
HOM
1
1st 5040
2017 DAY
34
ATL
19
LVS
11
PHO
9
CAL
21
MAR
15
TEX
1
BRI
1
RCH
11
TAL
8
KAN
24
CLT
17
DOV
1
POC
36
MCH
10
SON
13
DAY
12
KEN
40
NHA
10
IND
27
POC
35
GLN
29
MCH
19
BRI
11
DAR
12
RCH
8
CHI
8
NHA
14
DOV
3
CLT
7
TAL
24
KAN
11
MAR
12
TEX
27
PHO
39
HOM
27
10th 2260

Car No. 88 history

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.[70][71][72] 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[73] and continued sponsorship from Haas and NetZero.[74] 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.[57] 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 (reverse of No. 48) for the Carquest Chevy. He made his debut at his hometown track Las Vegas Motor Speedway[75] 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 No. 44, used by Labonte during his first championship season in 1984. Kyle Busch, meanwhile, moved to his No. 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.[16] 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.[16] Though Labonte planned to retire following the race, he would race on a part-time or substitute basis until 2014.[76]

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.[24] 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 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series points in 2013, after winning two poles (at Kentucky Speedway and Dover International Speedway), and posting five-second-place finishes.

The No. 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.[77] On August 6 of that year, the National Guard decided not to renew their sponsorship with Earnhardt.[78] 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 No. 24, would move to sponsor the No. 88 in 2016.[51]

In 2016, concussion-like symptoms ended Earnhardt's season after Kentucky. His replacements were Alex Bowman and Jeff Gordon. 2017 marked Earnhardt Jr's final full-time season in Hendrick's No. 88 as he announced his retirement in April of that year.

It was announced on July 20, 2017 that Alex Bowman would take over the 88 car for the 2018 season.[79]

Car No. 88 results

Year Driver No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 Owners Pts
2002 Jack Sprague 60 Chevy DAY CAR LVS ATL DAR BRI TEX MAR TAL CAL RCH CLT DOV POC MCH SON DAY CHI NHA POC IND GLN MCH BRI DAR RCH NHA DOV KAN
35
TAL CLT
DNQ
MAR ATL
DNQ
CAR
35
PHO
DNQ
HOM
30
57th 189
2003 David Green DAY
DNQ
CAR LVS ATL DAR BRI TEX TAL
DNQ
MAR CAL RCH CLT DOV POC MCH SON DAY
32
CHI NHA POC IND GLN MCH BRI DAR RCH NHA DOV TAL
35
KAN 60th 125
Brian Vickers CLT
33
MAR ATL PHO CAR HOM
2004 Kyle Busch 84 DAY CAR LVS
41
ATL DAR BRI TEX
DNQ
MAR TAL CAL RCH CLT
32
DOV POC MCH SON DAY CHI NHA
DNQ
POC IND GLN MCH
DNQ
BRI CAL
24
RCH NHA DOV TAL KAN
37
CLT
34
MAR ATL
43
PHO DAR HOM 52nd 429
2005 Terry Labonte 44 DAY CAL
36
LVS ATL BRI
18
MAR TEX
40
PHO TAL DAR RCH CLT
38
DOV POC
12
MCH SON DAY CHI
42
NHA POC IND
36
GLN MCH BRI CAL RCH NHA DOV TAL KAN
33
CLT MAR ATL TEX
31
PHO HOM 49th 624
2006 DAY CAL LVS ATL BRI MAR TEX
25
PHO TAL RCH DAR
34
CLT
33
DOV POC
39
MCH SON DAY CHI
43
NHA POC
25
IND GLN MCH BRI CAL
40
RCH NHA DOV KAN
38
TAL CLT
21
MAR ATL TEX
36
PHO HOM 46th 628
2008 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 88 DAY
9
CAL
40
LVS
2
ATL
3
BRI
5
MAR
6*
TEX
12
PHO
7
TAL
10
RCH
15
DAR
4
CLT
5*
DOV
35
POC
4
MCH
1
SON
12
NHA
24
DAY
8*
CHI
16
IND
12
POC
12
GLN
22
MCH
23
BRI
18
CAL
11
RCH
4
NHA
5
DOV
24
KAN
13
TAL
28
CLT
36
MAR
2
ATL
11
TEX
20
PHO
6
HOM
41
12th 6127
2009 DAY
27
CAL
39
LVS
10
ATL
11
BRI
14
MAR
8
TEX
20
PHO
31
TAL
2
RCH
27
DAR
27
CLT
40
DOV
12
POC
27
MCH
14
SON
26
NHA
13
DAY
39
CHI
15
IND
36
POC
28
GLN
39
MCH
3
BRI
9
ATL
17
RCH
21
NHA
35
DOV
20
KAN
36
CAL
25
CLT
38
MAR
29
TAL
11
TEX
25
PHO
35
HOM
28
25th 3422
2010 DAY
2
CAL
32
LVS
16
ATL
15
BRI
7
MAR
15
PHO
12
TEX
8
TAL
13
RCH
32
DAR
18
DOV
30
CLT
22
POC
19
MCH
7
SON
11
NHA
8
DAY
4
CHI
23
IND
27
POC
27
GLN
26
MCH
19
BRI
13
ATL
22
RCH
34
NHA
4
DOV
23
KAN
22
CAL
16
CLT
29
MAR
7
TAL
39*
TEX
25
PHO
14
HOM
27
21st 3953
2011 DAY
24
PHO
10
LVS
8
BRI
11
CAL
12
MAR
2
TEX
9
TAL
4
RCH
19
DAR
14
DOV
12
CLT
7
KAN
2
POC
6
MCH
21
SON
41
DAY
19
KEN
30
NHA
15
IND
16
POC
9
GLN
14
MCH
14
BRI
16
ATL
19
RCH
16
CHI
3
NHA
17
DOV
24
KAN
14
CLT
19
TAL
25
MAR
7
TEX
7
PHO
24
HOM
11
7th 2290
2012 DAY
2
PHO
14
LVS
10
BRI
15
CAL
3
MAR
3
TEX
10
KAN
7
RCH
2
TAL
9
DAR
17
CLT
6
DOV
4
POC
8
MCH
1*
SON
23
KEN
4
DAY
15
NHA
4
IND
4
POC
32
GLN
28
MCH
4
BRI
12
ATL
7
RCH
14
CHI
8
NHA
13
DOV
11
TAL
20
MAR
21
TEX
7
PHO
21
HOM
10
12th 2245
Regan Smith CLT
38
KAN
7
2013 Dale Earnhardt Jr. DAY
2
PHO
5
LVS
7
BRI
6
CAL
2
MAR
24
TEX
29
KAN
16
RCH
10
TAL
17
DAR
9
CLT
39
DOV
10
POC
3
MCH
37
SON
12
KEN
12
DAY
8
NHA
14
IND
6
POC
5
GLN
30
MCH
36
BRI
10
ATL
8
RCH
13
CHI
35
NHA
6
DOV
2
KAN
8
CLT
15
TAL
2
MAR
8
TEX
2
PHO
4
HOM
3
5th 2363
2014 DAY
1*
PHO
2
LVS
2
BRI
24
CAL
12
MAR
3
TEX
43
DAR
2
RCH
7
TAL
26
KAN
5
CLT
19
DOV
9
POC
1
MCH
7
SON
3
KEN
5
DAY
14
NHA
10
IND
9
POC
1
GLN
11
MCH
5
BRI
39
ATL
11
RCH
12
CHI
11
NHA
9
DOV
17
KAN
39
CLT
20
TAL
31
MAR
1
TEX
6
PHO
8
HOM
14
8th 2301
2015 DAY
3
ATL
3
LVS
4
PHO
43
CAL
6
MAR
36
TEX
3
BRI
16
RCH
14
TAL
1*
KAN
3
CLT
3
DOV
14
POC
11
MCH
2
SON
7
DAY
1*
KEN
21
NHA
5
IND
22
POC
4
GLN
11
MCH
10
BRI
9
DAR
8
RCH
5
CHI
12
NHA
25
DOV
3
CLT
28
KAN
21
TAL
2*
MAR
4
TEX
6
PHO
1
HOM
40
12th 2310
2016 DAY
36
ATL
2
LVS
8
PHO
5
CAL
11
MAR
14
TEX
2
BRI
2
RCH
13
TAL
40
KAN
15
DOV
32
CLT
14
POC
2
MCH
39
SON
11
DAY
21
KEN
13
18th 895
Alex Bowman NHA
26
MCH
30
CHI
10
NHA
14
CLT
39
KAN
7
TAL
36
TEX
13
PHO
6*
HOM
16
Jeff Gordon IND
13
POC
27
GLN
14
BRI
11
DAR
14
RCH
16
DOV
10
MAR
6
2017 Dale Earnhardt Jr. DAY
37
ATL
30
LVS
16
PHO
14
CAL
16
MAR
34
TEX
5
BRI
38
RCH
30
TAL
22
KAN
20
CLT
10
DOV
11
POC
38
MCH
9
SON
6
DAY
32
KEN
12
NHA
18
IND
36
POC
12
GLN
37
MCH
14
BRI
23
DAR
22
RCH
13
CHI
17
NHA
34
DOV
7
CLT
12
TAL
7
KAN
7
MAR
11
TEX
35
PHO
10
HOM
25
21st 668

Other car history

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.[8][56][80] Parsons opened the year with a second-place finish at the Daytona 500.[80] Parsons ended up running the entire season, with the team temporarily expanding to four teams when Richmond returned for eight races,[52] and finished sixteenth in points with six top-fives and nine top-tens.[56]

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).[14] The second saw Buddy Baker fail to qualify a DuPont-sponsored car at Talladega in the spring.[34]

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 No. 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.

Days of Thunder cars

Greg Sacks' 46 City Chevrolet car at Phoenix in 1989.

In 1989 and 1990, Hendrick Motorsports served as a technical consultant during the filming of Days of Thunder, including providing camera-equipped racecars to capture racing footage. The team prepared a total of 14 racecars for the filming. In-race footage was taken at the 1989 Autoworks 500 at Phoenix International Raceway, and the 1990 Daytona 500, in addition to stunt footage shot outside of NASCAR events. At each race, the cars would run 100 miles before start-and-parking. At Phoenix, Hendrick qualified two movie cars: the No. 46 City Chevrolet Lumina driven by Greg Sacks, and the No. 51 Exxon Lumina driven by Bobby Hamilton. An additional car, the No. 18 Hardee's Lumina driven by Tommy Ellis, failed to qualify.[34][81][82][83][84] Though the cars were not intended to run competitively, Hamilton qualified fifth and led five laps before pulling off the track.[82][85] Sacks would run the 46 in the Busch Clash exhibition race at Daytona in early 1990, finishing second in one of the movie cars.[86][87] After the incident at Phoenix, the two cars fielded at the Daytona 500 with Ellis (No. 18 Hardee's Lumina) and Hamilton (No. 51 Mello Yello Lumina) were not officially scored.[81][88]

Following the production of the film, Sacks continued to drive for Hendrick's research and development team on a part-time basis in 1990. Sacks attempted two races (1 DNQ) in the No. 46, twelve in the No. 18 with sponsorship from Ultra Slim Fast, and three in the No. 17 as a substitute for Darrell Waltrip. Sacks earned a second-place finish at Talladega in May, and a pole at Daytona in July.[32][86][87][89][90] The team was shut down and Sacks released at the end of the year, due to Slim Fast ending its sponsorship.[32]

Other car career statistics

Year Car Driver Races Wins Poles Top 5s Top 10s Season Rank
1985 No. 1 Dick Brooks 1 0 0 0 1 53
1986 No. 2 Brett Bodine 1 0 0 0 0 92
1987 No. 51 Jim Fitzgerald 1 0 0 0 0 79
1987 No. 35 Benny Parsons 29 0 0 6 9 16
1988 No. 18 Rick Hendrick 1 0 0 0 0 63
1988 No. 47 Rob Moroso 1 0 0 0 0 54
1989 No. 51 Bobby Hamilton 1 0 0 0 0 89
1989 No. 18 Tommy Kendall 1 0 0 0 0 80
1989 No. 42 Kyle Petty 1 0 0 0 0 30
1989 No. 46 Greg Sacks 1 0 0 0 0 32
1990 No. 18 Stan Barrett 1 0 0 0 0 74
1990 No. 18 Greg Sacks 12 0 1 1 3 32
1990 No. 46 Greg Sacks 1 0 0 0 0 32
1990 No. 68 Hut Stricklin 1 0 0 0 0 28
1990 No. 51 Hut Stricklin 1 0 0 0 0 28
1993 No. 46 Al Unser, Jr. 1 0 0 0 0 81
1995 No. 58 Jeff Purvis 1 0 0 0 0 47
Totals 56 0 1 7 13

[91]

Nationwide Series

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 No. 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.[92][93]

Car No. 5 history

Hendrick began running in the Busch Series in its debut season of 1984, fielding a No. 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[94] 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.[95][96] 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.[59][97] 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.[59][97] David Green finished out the season for the team.[97][98]

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.[59][97] Vickers won three races and the Busch Series championship, beating Hendrick test driver and coach and former No. 5 car spotter David Green.[97][99][100] When he moved up to NEXTEL Cup, Kyle Busch became the team's new driver after running seven races the previous season.[59][97] In his rookie year, he won five races and was runner-up to Martin Truex, Jr. in points.[97][101] 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.[100][101] 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.[101] Busch and Jimmie Johnson ran the rest of the schedule[101] 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, running 26 races.[97] Landon Cassill, Casey Mears, and Adrian Fernandez[100] 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,[92][97] 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.[100][102]

In 2009, the No. 5 car would be reduced to a part-time schedule due to the lack of sponsorship.[97] 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 No. 5 results

Year Driver No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 Owners Pts
2002 Ricky Hendrick 5 Chevy DAY
27
CAR
21
LVS
37
RCH
15
NHA
15
NZH
30
CLT
22
DOV
25
NSH
15
KEN
8
MLW
15
DAY
20
CHI
21
GTY
24
PPR
22
IRP
7
MCH
23
BRI
29
DAR
33
RCH
17
DOV
27
KAN
38
20th 3475
Ron Hornaday Jr. DAR
15
BRI
38
TEX
12
NSH
22
TAL
29
CAL
17
David Green CLT
5
MEM
9
ATL
14
CAR
4
PHO
5
HOM
42
2003 Brian Vickers DAY
42
CAR
8
LVS
13
DAR
7
BRI
14
TEX
25*
TAL
23
NSH
9
CAL
19
RCH
16
GTY
4
NZH
2
CLT
14
DOV
5
NSH
10
KEN
6
MLW
2
DAY
7
CHI
3
NHA
4
PPR
29
IRP
1
MCH
19
BRI
7
DAR
1
RCH
4
DOV
1*
KAN
32
CLT
4
MEM
5*
ATL
31
PHO
3
CAR
6
HOM
11
2nd 4637
2004 Kyle Busch DAY
24
CAR
7
LVS
15
DAR
17
BRI
3
TEX
2*
NSH
6
TAL
4
CAL
7
GTY
5
RCH
1*
NZH
10
CLT
1*
DOV
5
NSH
17
KEN
1
MLW
16
DAY
11
CHI
12*
NHA
25
PPR
17
IRP
1
MCH
1*
BRI
3
CAL
9
RCH
5
DOV
9
KAN
29
CLT
5
MEM
14
ATL
2
PHO
2*
DAR
33
HOM
3
2nd 4943
2005 DAY
32
LVS
11
TAL
40
CLT
1*
DAY
27
CHI
36
BRI
38
RCH
14
DOV
37
KAN
8
26th 2955
Boston Reid CAL
22
NSH
30
PHO
39
NSH
17
NHA
36
GTY
25
Adrián Fernández MXC
10
CAL
28
CLT
40
TEX
43
PHO
28
HOM
42
Blake Feese ATL
23
BRI
28
TEX
37
KEN
34
PPR
37
IRP
29
Jimmie Johnson DAR
23
RCH
25
DOV
5
Kyle Krisiloff MLW
42
MCH
40
MEM
19
Brian Vickers GLN
3
2006 Kyle Busch DAY
25
CAL
23
MXC
7
LVS
19
ATL
40
BRI
1
TEX
4
NSH
30
PHO
12
TAL
3
RCH
9
DAR
6
CLT
23
DOV
6
NSH
31
KEN
13*
MLW
24
DAY
16
CHI
42
NHA
16
MAR
20
GTY
8
IRP
21
GLN
37
MCH
14
BRI
7
CAL
11
RCH
12
DOV
7
KAN
3
CLT
12
TEX
32
PHO
10
HOM
41
7th 4018
Justin Labonte MEM
22
2007 Kyle Busch DAY
37*
CAL
3
LVS
2*
ATL
3*
BRI
3
NSH TEX
7*
PHO
37
TAL
39
RCH
5
CLT
8
DOV NSH KEN MLW NHA DAY
1*
CHI
5*
GTY IRP CGV BRI
4
CAL
2
RCH
1*
KAN
1
CLT
2
TEX
2
PHO
1*
9th 3896
Adrián Fernández MXC
9
Mark Martin DAR
2
MCH
14
HOM
2
Casey Mears GLN
8
Landon Cassill DOV
18
MEM
20
2008 Dale Earnhardt Jr. DAY
3
CAL
7
ATL
15
TEX
7
TAL
6
DAY
3
GLN
30
HOM
3
11th 4206
Mark Martin LVS
1*
DAR
23
MCH
4
KAN
38
TEX
3
Martin Truex Jr. BRI
41
Landon Cassill NSH
19
PHO
22
RCH
23
DOV
25
NSH
9
KEN
11
MLW
22
NHA
34
CHI
10
GTY
6
IRP
7
BRI
22
RCH
12
DOV
25
MEM
13
PHO
6
Adrián Fernández MXC
14
Jimmie Johnson CLT
10
CAL
17
CLT
33
Ron Fellows CGV
1
2009 Dale Earnhardt Jr. DAY
7
CAL LVS
5
BRI TEX
20
NSH PHO TAL
5
CLT
13
DAY
40
ATL
3
31st 2704
Mark Martin RCH
7
Scott Wimmer DAR
9
MLW
18
NHA IRP
9
IOW
31
RCH
18
DOV KAN
12
CAL
Ryan Newman DOV
32
NSH KEN CHI
22
GTY MCH
6
BRI
13
Ron Fellows GLN
5
CGV
35
Tony Stewart CLT
11
Richard Boswell MEM
23
TEX PHO
Kelly Bires HOM
29

Car No. 24 history

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.[103] 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.[104] The team also formed an alliance with Cicci-Welliver Racing.[105]

Hendrick Motorsports took full control of the team in 2001, with GMAC Financial Services sponsoring the No. 24 Chevrolet.[106] 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 No. 5 car.

Sprague ran the full 2002 season in the No. 24 with Truck Series sponsor NetZero[70] 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 No. 57. The number came from the sponsorship of H.J. Heinz brand Ore-Ida, representing Heinz's 57 varieties.[107] Brian Vickers ran the car in five races with Pizza Hut and Ore-Ida sponsorship,[107][108] 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.[100] 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. 24 results

Year Driver No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 Owners Pts
1999 Jeff Gordon 24 Chevy DAY CAR LVS
4
ATL DAR TEX
13
NSV BRI TAL CAL NHA RCH NZH CLT
33
DOV SBO GLN MLW MCH
2
BRI DAR CLT
2
PHO
1
HOM
Ricky Hendrick MYB
20
PPR GTY IRP RCH
DNQ
DOV CAR
37
MEM
DNQ
2000 DAY CAR
DNQ
DAR
DNQ
BRI NSV
5
TAL CAL RCH
28
NHA
DNQ
SBO
42
MYB
13
GLN MLW
DNQ
NZH PPR
26
GTY
38
IRP
36
BRI
DNQ
DAR
29
RCH DOV CLT
13
CAR
39
MEM PHO
Jeff Gordon LVS
18
ATL TEX
42
CLT
4
DOV MCH
7
HOM
1
2001 Ricky Hendrick DAY CAR LVS ATL DAR BRI TEX NSH TAL CAL RCH NHA NZH CLT
18
DOV KEN
15
MLW GLN CHI GTY PPR IRP MCH BRI DAR RCH DOV KAN CLT MEM PHO CAR HOM
41
75th 267
2002 Jack Sprague DAY
7
CAR
6
LVS
6
DAR
9
BRI
19
TEX
2
NSH
2
TAL
13
CAL
4
RCH
18
NHA
3
NZH
26
CLT
10
DOV
5
NSH
1*
KEN
16
MLW
14
DAY
28
CHI
42
GTY
4
PPR
14
IRP
17
MCH
15
BRI
28
DAR
5
RCH
33
DOV
3
KAN
20
CLT
25
MEM
18
ATL
42
CAR
10
PHO
22
HOM
11
6th 4206
2005 Kyle Busch 57 DAY CAL MXC LVS ATL NSH BRI TEX
DNQ
PHO TAL RCH
23
DOV
36
NSH KEN MLW CLT
41
MEM TEX
5
PHO 48th 851
Brian Vickers DAR
43
RCH CLT
13
DAY
31
CHI NHA PPR GTY MCH
DNQ
BRI CAL RCH DOV
8
KAN HOM
23
Boston Reid IRP
28
GLN
2006 Brian Vickers DAY
32
CAL
9
ATL
7
BRI TEX NSH PHO TAL
4
RCH DAR
12
CLT DOV NSH KEN MLW DAY
2
CHI NHA MAR GTY IRP MCH
16
BRI CAL RCH DOV KAN CLT MEM TEX PHO HOM
13
44th 1301
Adrián Fernández MXC
12
LVS GLN
17
2007 Casey Mears 24 DAY
DNQ
CAL
2
MXC LVS
42
ATL
5
BRI NSH TEX
4
PHO
7
TAL
3*
RCH
7
DAR
9
CLT
2
DOV
4
NSH KEN MLW NHA
10
DAY
8
CHI
13
MCH
9
BRI
19
CAL KAN
3
CLT MEM TEX
15
HOM
22
31st 2820
Landon Cassill GTY
32
IRP
30
CGV GLN RCH
22
DOV PHO
34

Car No. 48 history

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.[109] 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. 48 results

Year Driver No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 Owners Pts
2004 Jimmie Johnson 48 DAY CAR LVS DAR BRI TEX NSH TAL CAL GTY RCH NZH CLT DOV NSH KEN MLW DAY CHI NHA PPR IRP MCH BRI CAL RCH DOV KAN CLT
3
MEM ATL PHO DAR HOM 76th 170
2005 DAY CAL MXC LVS ATL
3*
NSH BRI TEX PHO TAL DAR RCH CLT
30
DOV NSH KEN MLW DAY CHI
17
NHA PPR GTY IRP GLN MCH BRI CAL
11
RCH DOV KAN CLT
43
MEM TEX PHO HOM 54th 534
2006 DAY CAL MXC LVS ATL BRI TEX NSH PHO TAL RCH DAR CLT
7
DOV NSH KEN MLW DAY CHI NHA MAR GTY IRP GLN MCH BRI CAL
21
RCH DOV KAN CLT
42
MEM TEX PHO HOM 58th 283
2007 DAY CAL MXC LVS ATL BRI NSH TEX PHO TAL RCH DAR CLT
6
DOV NSH KEN MLW NHA DAY CHI GTY IRP CGV GLN MCH BRI CAL
4
RCH DOV KAN CLT
32
MEM TEX PHO HOM 57th 387
2008 DAY CAL LVS ATL BRI NSH TEX PHO MXC TAL RCH DAR CLT DOV NSH KEN MLW NHA DAY CHI GTY IRP CGV GLN
29
MCH BRI CAL RCH DOV KAN CLT MEM TEX PHO HOM 79th 81

Car No. 80 history

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.[110]

Car No. 80 results

Year Driver No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 Owners Pts
2009 Tony Stewart 80 Chevy DAY
1
CAL LVS BRI TEX NSH PHO TAL RCH DAR CLT DOV NSH KEN MLW NHA DAY CHI GTY IRP IOW GLN MCH BRI CGV ATL RCH DOV KAN CAL CLT MEM TEX PHO HOM 60th 190

Car No. 87 history

In 2003, 18-year-old development driver Kyle Busch made his entry into Busch Series, driving a No. 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.[111][112]

For 2004, the alliance with NEMCO continued. Development drivers Blake Feese and Boston Reid ran 3 races each in the No. 87 ditech.com Chevy,[113] with a best finish of 26th by Reid at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Year Driver No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 Owners Pts
2003 Kyle Busch 87 Chevy DAY CAR LVS DAR BRI TEX TAL NSH CAL RCH GTY NZH CLT
2
DOV NSH KEN MLW DAY CHI NHA PPR IRP
33
MCH BRI DAR
2
RCH DOV
15
KAN CLT MEM
16
ATL
43
PHO CAR
7
HOM 18th* 3193*
2004 Blake Feese DAY CAR LVS DAR BRI TEX NSH TAL CAL GTY RCH NZH CLT DOV NSH KEN
41
MLW DAY CHI NHA PPR IRP
33
MCH BRI CAL DOV
34
KAN 24th* 2640*
Boston Reid RCH
37
CLT
42
MEM ATL
26
PHO DAR HOM
  • Includes points earned by NEMCO Motorsports. Only results under Hendrick Motorsports shown.

Camping World Truck Series

Truck No. 17 history

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.[59] He finished sixth in points, runner-up to Travis Kvapil for Rookie of the Year honors. The team did not run after 2001.

Truck No. 17 results

Year Driver No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 Owners Pts
2000 Ricky Hendrick 17 Chevy DAY HOM PHO MMR MAR PIR GTY MEM PPR
6
EVG TEX KEN GLN MLW NHA
7
NZH MCH IRP
12
NSV
9
CIC RCH
DNQ
DOV
25
TEX
8
CAL 30th 846
2001 DAY
2
HOM
5
MMR
8
MAR
9
GTY
6
DAR
34
PPR
5
DOV
3
TEX
5
MEM
7
MLW
10
KAN
1
KEN
6
NHA
4
IRP
18
NSH
11
CIC
11
NZH
5
RCH
8
SBO
6
TEX
8
LVS
6
PHO
28
CAL
10
6th 3412

Truck No. 24 history

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. 24 results

Year Driver No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 Owners Pts
1995 Scott Lagasse 24 Chevy PHO
11
TUS
6
SGS
17
MMR
9
POR
21
EVG
14
I70
12
LVL
21
BRI
8
MLW
14
CNS
14
HPT
12
IRP
5
FLM
25
RCH
36
MAR
16
NWS
9
SON
4
MMR
7
PHO
13
9th 2470
1996 Jack Sprague HOM
2
PHO
1
POR
8
EVG
12
TUS
5
CNS
4
HPT
2
BRI
5
NZH
1
MLW
1
LVL
8
I70
14
IRP
2
FLM
5
GLN
4
NSV
3
RCH
29
NHA
2
MAR
3
NWS
2
SON
6
MMR
5
PHO
1
LVS
1
2nd 3778
1997 WDW
15
TUS
7
HOM
5
PHO
1
POR
4
EVG
2
I70
10
NHA
2
TEX
31
BRI
7
NZH
1
MLW
4
LVL
8
CNS
16
HPT
2
IRP
2
FLM
4
NSV
1
GLN
3
RCH
2
MAR
10
SON
5
MMR
10
CAL
6
PHO
3
LVS
2
1st 3969
1998 WDW
4
HOM
2
PHO
2
POR
4
EVG
1
I70
5
GLN
5
TEX
6
BRI
2
MLW
3
NZH
10
CAL
1
PPR
31
IRP
1
NHA
8
FLM
29
NSV
11
HPT
4
LVL
9
RCH
1
MEM
9
GTY
4
MAR
10
SON
9
MMR
2
PHO
13
LVS
1
2nd 4069
1999 HOM
22
PHO
2
EVG
2
MMR
7
MAR
3
MEM
9
PPR
2
I70
1
BRI
1
TEX
5
PIR
28
GLN
3
MLW
2
NSV
5
NZH
13
MCH
4
NHA
8
IRP
34
GTY
3
HPT
26
RCH
5
LVS
2
LVL
5
TEX
11
CAL
1
1st 3747
2000 DAY
33
HOM
3
PHO
2
MMR
3
MAR
3
PIR
3
GTY
1
MEM
1
PPR
4
EVG
1
TEX
28
KEN
2
GLN
5
MLW
8
NHA
34
NZH
5
MCH
13
IRP
17
NSV
30
CIC
17
RCH
6
DOV
27
TEX
22
CAL
4
5th 3316
2001 DAY
12
HOM
3
MMR
2
MAR
20
GTY
8
DAR
12
PPR
3
DOV
2
TEX
1
MEM
23
MLW
2
KAN
23
KEN
3
NHA
1
IRP
1
NSH
21
CIC
9
NZH
3
RCH
1
SBO
4
TEX
3
LVS
2
PHO
2
CAL
31
1st 3670
2002 Ron Hornaday Jr. DAY
12
DAR MAR GTY PPR DOV TEX MEM MLW KAN KEN NHA MCH IRP NSH RCH TEX SBO LVS CAL PHO HOM 53rd 127

Truck No. 25 results

Year Driver No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Owners Pts
1995 Roger Mears 25 Chevy PHO
21
TUS SGS MMR
16
POR EVG I70 LVL BRI MLW CNS IRP
24
Rick Hendrick HPT
23
Jack Sprague FLM
4
RCH
10
MAR
20
NWS
4
SON
11
MMR
4
PHO
6

Truck No. 94 history

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.[114] Elliott made his debut at Martinsville Speedway on April 6 and finished in the sixth position.[115] Elliott became the youngest pole winner in Truck Series history at Bristol in August,[116] and later the youngest race winner in the Truck Series by winning the inaugural Chevrolet Silverado 250 at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park.[117] Elliott departed the No. 94 to join JR Motorsports in the Nationwide Series in 2014.[118]

Truck No. 94 results

Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 Owners Pts
2013 Chase Elliott 94 Chevy DAY MAR
6
CAR
5
KAN CLT DOV
4
TEX KEN IOW
5
ELD POC MCH BRI
5
MSP
1
IOW
31
CHI LVS TAL MAR
20
TEX PHO
10
HOM 26th 315

ARCA Racing Series

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.[119] Hendrick would run the race again the next year in the renumbered 71 car, finishing 9th.[120]

Car No. 9 history

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.[121][122]

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.[123][124]

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.[125]

Car No. 87 history

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 No. 87 Ditech.com Chevrolet (the same car he drove in his Busch Series starts) to two wins and four pole starts.[111][112] Busch ran the 2004 season opener at Daytona, starting second and finishing first.[126]

For the rest of 2004, development drivers Blake Feese, Boston Reid, and Kyle Krisiloff ran a combined ten races in ARCA in the No. 5, No. 6, and No. 7 cars fielded by Bobby Gerhart Racing. Feese scored a win at Nashville, while Krisiloff scored a victory at Chicagoland Speedway.[59][127][128][129][130] Feese ran a single race in the No. 94 Carquest Auto Parts Chevy out of the Hendrick stable at Talladega, scoring the victory.[131]

Kyle Krisiloff ran the No. 7 Bobby Gerhart Racing Chevy in 14 races in 2005, with sponsorship from Ditech.com and Delphi.[130] 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.[132]

In 2007, Hendrick Motorsports resurrected the No. 87 for development driver Landon Cassill, with sponsorship from Stanley Tools.[133][134] 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.[135]

Plane crash

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.[136] 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,[137] and Scott Lathram, who worked for Joe Gibbs Racing as a helicopter pilot.[138]

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

As of 11/21/16 – Includes NASCAR's Monster Energy Cup Series, Xfinity Series, and Camping World Truck Series races

  • Starts: 4,297*
  • Wins: 297
  • Poles: 269
  • Top 5s: 1,242*
  • Top 10s: 2,030*
  • Championships: 16 (Cup Series: 12; Xfinity Series: 1; Truck Series: 3)

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

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