It’s now been one full year since Hendrick Motorsports last visited victory lane in a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race. Kasey Kahne last won for the storied organization in the 2017 Brickyard 400.
That was July 23, 2017.
Sunday’s Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 was July 22, 2018. So, on Monday, a date with no race, marks the one year mark since Kahne’s last win. That’s why Hendrick needed to send one of their four drivers to victory lane on Sunday to ensure that their longest winless streak since 1985 didn’t happen.
Unfortunately, it did.
But, it’s not like all is lost. This weekend was actually a pretty decent weekend for the organization as a whole as all four drivers were respectable all the way through.
Chase Elliott even won a Stage on Sunday giving Chevrolet three in total for the season. He was also second in the first stage too. Elliott, led 23 laps on Sunday to earn his first top five finish in a month (4th at Sonoma). He was in contention all day and finished fifth in his No. 9 Chevrolet.
He wasn’t the only Hendrick driver in the top 10 either.
Jimmie Johnson earned his first top 10 finish since an eighth place run at Pocono in early June finishing 10th in his No. 48 Chevrolet. He came home third and eighth respectively in the stages too. Johnson, hasn’t won in 42 races but Sunday was a day that looked more like himself again. He was in the top 10 in two of the three practice sessions this weekend too.
Alex Bowman had a great points day in bringing his No. 88 Chevrolet home 11th for his fourth top 11 in the last five races on the season. He now holds a 28 point advantage on the final playoff spot with just six races to go in the regular season. Bowman, was in the top 11 in all but one session this weekend, including qualifying.
Rookie William Byron finished 14th for his best finish since a 13th place result at Michigan last month.
As you can see, it wasn’t a win but HMS is feeling like they secured a victory as they were competitive all day and put all four cars in the top 15. That’s the first time that they’ve done that all year.