“Hendrick Because They Win a Lot” – NASCAR Fans Get Into a Heated Debate on the Most Hated Teams

Published 05/07/2022, 2:48 AM EDT
AVONDALE, AZ – NOVEMBER 07: #9: Chase Elliott, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro NAPA Auto Parts races #5: Kyle Larson, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro HendrickCars.com during the NASCAR Cup Series championship race on November 7, 2021 at Phoenix Raceway in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Kevin Abele/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Which is the most hated team in NASCAR? If we’re being completely honest, this is an extremely difficult question to answer. Every NASCAR fan has their favorite team, and saying that one team is the most hated, could attract the wrath of that team’s fans. No matter how ‘hated’ that team is, they will still have a legion of fans armed with pitchforks.

When a user asked this question on Twitter, he drew a variety of responses. However, most fans had one particular team that they hated.

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Hendrick Motorsports’ name cropped up a lot, mostly because they have been extremely dominant in NASCAR. There are also sections of fans who don’t like Hendrick Motorsports simply because they are fans of their rivals.

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Is Hendrick Motorsports the only NASCAR team that is hated?

Of course, Hendrick Motorsports was not the only organization, as Joe Gibbs Racing and 23XI Racing got a mention. However, that kind of dislike is mostly because of drivers like Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin. Those two were not particularly popular among the general populace. Even Bubba Wallace was sometimes slated as the reason behind the 23XI hate.

Meanwhile, there were sections of fans who did not like 23XI because they did not deliver on promises. The likes of Hamlin and Michael Jordan talked a very big game and outlined several lofty targets. Last year, the single-car organization came away with just one win. Though some critics continue to debate the validity of the win because the race was halted.

Now, the outfit has expanded to two cars, but they are still hunting for a first win. The closest they ever came to a Cup win in 2022 was at the Daytona 500, courtesy of Bubba Wallace. There were also some who named Rick Ware Racing as a hated team because their drivers tended to crash a lot.

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As a result, it would potentially ruin a race end and some lead drivers would suffer. On the other end of the spectrum, it would also lead to an anticlimactic end to a race.

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One thing is for sure, this question (which is the most hated team in NASCAR?) is very subjective and everyone has different opinions on the same.

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Dhruv George

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Dhruv George is a senior Motorsports author for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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