“Its Just an Honor for Me” – Rick Hendrick on Tying with Richard Petty Enterprises for Most Team Wins

Published 05/28/2021, 8:44 AM EDT
DAYTONA BEACH, FL: Nascar driver Richard Petty in this portrait sitting next to the STP #43 car before the Nascar Winston Cup Daytona 500 race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona, FL. Petty finished 3rd in the race. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)


When Chase Elliott won the Cup Series race at COTA, he helped Hendrick Motorsports achieve an incredible feat. As it turned out, the organization has tied with Richard Petty Enterprises for the most Cup wins in NASCAR. Reports say that the two NASCAR franchises have notched up a record 268 Cup Series race wins.

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In light of that, Rick Hendrick spoke about tying with The King himself. He said, “Richard is a good friend of mine. He is The King and nobody’s done as much for the sport as Richard Petty and the Petty family. It’s just an honor for me to be even mentioned in the same sentence as Richard. He’s just given his life to the sport. Any time there’s a goal or record out there, you wanna beat it if you can.”

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Hendrick acknowledged that if there is a record, people are obligated to try to beat it. According to him, that is the true essence of competition. As a result, everyone is excited to try to bag this next win.

Can Hendrick Motorsports break Richard Petty Enterprises’ record?

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Theoretically, the outfit can definitely break Richard Petty Enterprises’ record. It also helps that the season is long and offers plenty of chances for the Hendrick Motorsports quartet. Already, all four drivers have picked up at least one win this season. With his triumph at the Circuit of The Americas, defending champion, Chase Elliott was the last one.

May 23, 2021; Austin, Texas, USA; Chase Elliott (9) ahead of the race on turn seventeen prior to winning the EchoPark Texas Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas. Mandatory Credit: Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports

Now, the Cup Series drivers will be heading to the Charlotte Motor Speedway this weekend. This is a track where many Hendrick Motorsports drivers have won in the past. However, the 2021 season has been supremely unpredictable, with multiple different race winners.

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In fact, the Hendrick Motorsports team is the second team to have all of its drivers win a race. The first one to achieve this was Team Penske, when Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney, and Brad Keselowski won a race each.

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Dhruv George

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Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst 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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