RICHMOND, VA – Back in the spring race at the Richmond Raceway, three of the four Hendrick Motorsports cars finished in the top 12 led by Chase Elliott with a runner-up finish. Jimmie Johnson was sixth while William Byron was 12th.
Last weekend in the opening race of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs, all four of the Hendrick cars showed a ton of speed. They had so much speed that all three of their playoff drivers had speed to finish inside of the top 10.
Instead, none of the four came away with a top 20. All of that was due to back luck.
Despite that, their hopes were high for this weekend’s Federated Auto Parts 400 (7:30 p.m. ET/NBCSN/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). They had speed and heading to one of their better tracks that they’ve performed on this season.
Instead, its been anything but.
Alex Bowman has been the top HMS driver but he only qualified his No. 88 Chevrolet 14th. None of the four drivers made it to the final round.
Bowman, was 10th and seventh respectively in single lap runs of practice and eighth and 11th on the 10 lap average chart.
Elliott, was only 19th in qualifying in his No. 9 Chevrolet and just 15th and 29th in practice. He didn’t have any long run speed either. The Georgia native was 19th and 22nd respectively on the 10 lap averages.
Johnson, has eight straight top 11 finishes at Richmond but will have to come from a long way. He’ll start 22nd and was only 25th and 27th in practice.
William Byron, starts 20th.
It certainly wasn’t the day that they’ve wanted.