“Any One Can Win” – Rick Hendrick Heaps Praise on Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott, Alex Bowman, William Byron Quartet at HMS

Published 03/17/2021, 11:00 AM EDT
Mar 7, 2021; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Larson (5) celebrates his victory in the Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports


With every win, Hendrick Motorsports inches closer to breaking one of the biggest NASCAR records. Rick Hendrick’s team is just three wins away from tying Richard Petty Motorsports’ record of 268 Cup wins. Wins from Kyle Larson and William Byron this season have already reduced the gap.

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Larson’s win in Las Vegas a few days ago was Hendrick Motorsports’ 265th win at the Cup level. While they still need four wins to break the record, Hendrick believes his team will get there even sooner than anticipated.

The team boasts of having in their ranks the current NASCAR Cup champion, Chase Elliott. Larson has always been one of the more talented NASCAR prospects and is already showing his skills in the Hendrick No. 5 car.

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Byron is also riding on the confidence from his win at Homestead-Miami. Meanwhile, Alex Bowman is also expected to visit Victory Lane soon in the iconic No. 48 car, previously driven by Hendrick’s most successful driver ever, Jimmie Johnson.

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Larson (5) celebrates his victory in the Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Rick Hendrick shows confidence in Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott, and others

Hendrick spoke about his current quartet of drivers and feels his team’s four drivers are each capable of winning at any time.

You’ve got a champion in Chase (Elliott) and the experience in Larson. William has won two races and Alex (Bowman) has won. I feel like we can show up and any one of them can win, and that’s a great feeling,” owner Rick Hendrick said recently.

Elliott, the most successful driver on the current Hendrick roster, has come close to winning already this season but has faced some misfortune. Elliott will bag that win sooner than later, and once he finds his momentum again, he will be tough to stop.

Feb 21, 2021; Daytona Beach, Florida, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Chase Elliot (9) during the O’Reilly Auto Parts 253 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

While the likes of Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr, and Elliott are the most decorated Hendrick drivers of all time, the owner remembered some other big names as well and thanked them.

Hendrick lauds some of the greats for their contributions

I think about Geoff Bodine and Tim Richmond and Terry Labonte and Kasey (Kahne), everybody that’s driven and won a race here,” Hendrick continued.

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It’s part of our legacy if we can accomplish it. It’s for everybody. Not only the people here today, but the people that have been here over all these years,” he added.

LAS VEGAS, NV – DECEMBER 06: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion Jimmie Johnson (R) and team owner Rick Hendrick pose for a portrait prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion’s Awards at Wynn Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Graythen/NASCAR via Getty Images)

With the way they have kicked off the season and the consistent speed of the Hendrick cars, it will be interesting to see how further they will go in all-time wins in the years to come.

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Aayush Majumdar is a NASCAR content strategist, a Tennis Writer, and a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. He is well-tenured as a tennis and NASCAR writer, with over 900 articles across both sports. After pursuing a Post Graduate program in Sports Management, Aayush explored various roles in Sports Media, including a Sports Reporting role at a leading English daily.

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