By Sarah Handy, Staff Writer
As the NASCAR Cup Series gets prepared for the 2020 season, here at Kickinâ the Tires we preview Hendrick Motorsports and their stable of drivers.
Hendrick Motorsports based out of Concord, North Carolina is one of the most well-known teams in NASCAR. The team currently fields full-time rides in NASCARâs top series for Jimmie Johnson, Chase Elliott, Alex Bowman and William Byron.
Furthermore, since the organizations Cup Series debut in the 1984 Daytona 500 theyâve amassed an astounding 256 Cup Series wins, 26 Nationwide Series wins (Now Xfinity) and 26 Camping World Truck Series victories (Now Gander RV & Outdoors).
In addition, they team has 16 driver Championships among NASCARâs top-three series.
Â Jimmie Johnson: The El Cajon, California native is embarking on his final full-time season in the NASCAR Cup Series behind the wheel of the No. 48 Ally Financial Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports.
Johnson announced in November that while not stepping away from racing completely, he would scale back from the full schedule.
The seven-time NASCAR Cup Series Champion has spent his entire Cup Series career with Hendrick Motorsports.
Johnson heads into the season-opener Daytona 500 with 83 premiere wins, 227 top-five, and 364 top-ten finishes. Johnson will look to capture his first win since Dover in June of 2017.
With that said, Johnson has seen success at the 2.5-mile Superspeedway, but he hasnât found victory lane there since 2013.
Overall, in 36 Cup starts Johnson has three wins, including two Daytona 500 victories, 12 top-five and 16 top-10 finishes at the famed track.
Johnson wrapped up his 2019 campaign with three top-five and 12 top-10 finishes.
2020 will mark Johnsonâs final chance to win his eighth Championship and break the current tie with NASCAR Hall of Famerâs Richard Petty and the late Dale Earnhardt.
Chase Elliott: The Dawsonville, Georgia native will be embarking on his fifth full-time season at NASCARâs elite level behind the wheel of the No. 9 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports.
the season-opener Daytona 500, Elliott has six wins, 44 top-five and 74 top-10
finishes in 149 starts.
Elliott has yet to find victory lane at the famed Superspeedway, he does have three
front-row starting spots including two back-to-back poles for the Daytona 500 in
2016 and 2017, respectively.
Furthermore, in eight career Cup starts at Daytona, Elliott has a best finish of 14th coming in the 2017 Daytona 500. Since then, his last four starts at the track have all resulted in crashes.
However, Elliott is coming off a successful 2019 campaign that saw him winning three races, earning 11 top-five, 15 top-10 finishes and four pole awards.
he was also won the 2019 NMPA Most Popular Driver Award presented by Hooters.
Alex Bowman: The Tucson, Arizona native is entering his sixth overall season in the NASCAR Cup Series and his third running full-time in the No. 88 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports.
coming off his most successful season at NASCARâs highest level after capturing
his first career Cup win at Chicagoland Speedway last June.
Overall, Bowman finished the 2019 season with the one win, seven top-five and 12 top-10 finishes.
As the 26-year old prepares for the season-opener Daytona 500, he will look to improve upon his best finish in his seven previous Cup starts in the Great American Race.
Bowmanâs best finish in the Daytona 500 is a 11th place finish last February. Overall, in his seven starts at the 2.5-mile Superspeedway his average finish sits at 17.0 with one career pole coming in the 2018 season opener.
Charlotte, North Carolina native will be embarking on his third full-time
season behind the wheel of the No. 24 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports.
the season-opener Daytona 500, Byron has earned five top-five, 17 top finishes
and five poles in 72 career starts in the Cup Series.
Byron will look to capture his first career win at NASCARâs elite level in 2020 and finish one position better in February then he did last July at the famed Superspeedway.
In four Cup starts at Daytona, Byronâs best start in the 500 is his pole position which he earned for the season-opener last February. In addition, his best finish is a second place result last summer.
average finish of 19.5 at the track, Byron will look to improve upon that this
season with the series two visits there.