Maybe it’s time to take these Hendrick Motorsports finishes for what they are. This is unfortunately who they are right now. Entering the Brickyard 400, Hendrick drivers had zero top 10’s combined the last three races. Everyone was questioning whether if this is who they are or if it’s a fluke.
Well, two races after Indy, it’s time to take stock in these disappointing finishes.
Jimmie Johnson’s third place finish in the Brickyard 400 two weeks ago is the only top 10 finish for the entire Hendrick Motorsports organization over the last six races.
Today, Johnson finished last in 40th, while his other three teammates didn’t fare well either. The top finisher among the group was Chase Elliott in 13th.
Jeff Gordon finished one spot behind him in 14th as the guy who came back three races ago was the top driver for the team for most of today’s race.
The third driver Kasey Kahne finished 19th.
These finishes are who they are lately. It leads me to believe that this group won’t have much in the Chase because they haven’t been very good since June.
After two wins and five top fives in the opening nine races, Johnson has just two top 10’s in the 13 races since. Elliott, had eight top 10’s in nine races earlier in the year, but his finishes since have been 21st, 32nd, 31st, 34th, 15th, 33rd and now 13th.
Kahne hasn’t been much better as his finishes since Sonoma are 13th, ninth, 30th, 14th, 25th, 18th, 15th and 19th.
This is very pedestrian for any team, but for Hendrick, it’s dismal.