Can Chase Elliott and William Byron Add to Hendrick Motorsports’ All-Time Record of Playoff Wins?

Published 09/16/2020, 10:30 AM EDT


Three Hendrick Motorsports drivers will be competing to win the Cup Series title. The Hendrick Motorsports group has three of its drivers in the 2020 Playoffs after Chase Elliott, William Byron, and Alex Bowman consolidated their positions via regular-season wins.

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Byron’s success was particularly one of the best race wins of the 2020 season. The 22-year-old driver won the race at Daytona in the regular-season finale. He was the last person to secure a seat by a win in the regular-season finale. This pushed him to the ninth spot in the season finisher standings.

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Hendrick Motorsports has dominated 44 races in the NASCAR Cup Series postseason. This represents 28% of all season finisher occasions. It is 16 more triumphs than second-place Joe Gibbs Racing with 28.

Hendrick Motorsports has succeeded at least one season finisher race in a record of 15 unique seasons. The 2020 season is the fifteenth sequential year that the group has found two drivers in the Playoffs and the thirteenth season with at least three drivers.

Hendrick Motorsports reports, “I was watching TV. Jimmie (Johnson) was in. Jimmie was out. And boy, William made some unbelievable moves there at the end. I’m so proud of him.

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“The kid has really worked hard and (seeing crew chief) Chad (Knaus) back in victory lane again was a special moment,” Hendrick said after the Daytona race.

Can Chase Elliott or William Byron emulate Johnson?

Out of Johnson’s 83 successes, 41% have come in the Playoffs season. He has collected 34 triumphs in Playoffs over the course of his 19 seasons in the NASCAR Cup Series.

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If he wins another race, it will be his 84th Cup Series win. It will tie him with Hall of Famers Darrell Waltrip and Bobby Allison. Johnson has the most victories of every active driver. Chase Elliott and William Byron are favorites to add to the record as the NASCAR Playoffs finds itself in Bristol.

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Abhay Aggarwal

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Abhay Aggarwal is sports analyst at EssentiallySports. Having joined ES in early 2020, he has over 300 NASCAR, Formula 1, and Tennis articles to his name. Abhay has been an avid motorsports fan for over a decade, and he even attended the inaugural Indian Grand Prix in 2011.

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