|APPROACHING 70K: Hendrick Motorsports is nearing another major milestone: 70,000 laps led in the NASCAR Cup Series. Its 69,721 laps led is the all-time record and nearly 10,000 more than any other team. In 2020, Hendrick Motorsports has posted a series-leading 806 laps, which is 100 more than second-place Team Penske. Since 1984, Hendrick Motorsports has led 26% of the laps raced at Martinsville Speedway (9,290 of 35,895).
HENDRICK-VILLE: Hendrick Motorsports’ 24 points-paying NASCAR Cup Series wins at Martinsville Speedway are the most by any team at any track in the sport’s history. Junior Johnson and Associates won 21 races at Bristol Motor Speedway, and Hendrick Motorsports has posted 20 points victories at both Dover International Speedway and the Charlotte Motor Speedway oval.
THE NUMBERS SPEAK: Hendrick Motorsports has won 33% (24 of 72) of the NASCAR Cup Series events it has raced at Martinsville. The team has earned at least one victory there in 53% (19 of 36) of its seasons, has won three consecutive races at the track on four different occasions and swept the top-two finishing positions five times. Since 1984, Hendrick Motorsports has placed at least one of its Chevrolets in the top 10 in 90% of the events (65 of 72).
VIRGINIA HOME: Car owner Rick Hendrick was raised in the small community of Palmer Springs, Virginia, which is two hours from Martinsville Speedway. Hendrick grew up on a tobacco farm and was exposed to cars and auto racing by his father, “Papa Joe” Hendrick. Rick Hendrick, who founded Hendrick Motorsports in 1984, has won a record 12 NASCAR Cup Series championships as an owner and was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2017. He is also chairman and CEO of Hendrick Automotive Group, which is the largest privately held operator of car dealerships in the United States.
TRACK OF FIRSTS: Hendrick Motorsports’ first-ever NASCAR Cup Series win and laps led came at Martinsville Speedway on April 29, 1984, with driver Geoff Bodine. Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip secured his first of nine wins driving for Hendrick Motorsports there in September 1989. Most recently at the track, Chase Elliott made his Cup Series debut in March 2015 and William Byron attended his first Cup race as a fan in 2006.
SIX WOULD BE A RECORD: Hendrick Motorsports’ 24 Martinsville wins have come with a record-tying five different drivers: Jeff Gordon (9), Jimmie Johnson (9), Waltrip (4), Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Bodine. Junior Johnson and Associates and Joe Gibbs Racing have also sent five drivers to victory lane at the half-mile short track.
SHORT TRACK SUCCESS: With 50 wins, Hendrick Motorsports has the most short-track victories of any active NASCAR Cup Series team. Joe Gibbs Racing has 40, with Team Penske at 32 and Richard Childress Racing at 30.
ORGANIZATION STATS: Since its inception in 1984, Hendrick Motorsports has totals of 12 championships, 258 race victories, 226 pole positions, 1,079 top-five finishes and 1,854 top-10s in points-paying NASCAR Cup Series competition. Its teams have led nearly 70,000 laps, which is the all-time record. Including 2020, the organization has won at least one race in 35 consecutive seasons, the longest-ever streak. Hendrick Motorsports is 10 wins away from tying Petty Enterprises’ all-time Cup Series record of 268.