The ‘Non-Hendrick Motorsports’ Driver Rick Hendrick Thinks Should’ve Won if Chase Elliott Hadn’t

Published 07/13/2022, 10:15 AM EDT

Chase Elliott had a stellar performance last weekend. He finally got a win at his home track, and a dominating one, adding 3 wins to his name this season. However, Rick Hendrick had his eyes set on a Non-Hendrick Motorsports driver to take the win at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

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So who is this mystery driver Mr. H wished to win the race?

RICHMOND, VA – APRIL 21: Team owner Rick Hendrick stands on the grid prior to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway on April 21, 2018 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Sarah Crabill/Getty Images)

Rick Hendrick revealed he wanted one of his friendly team’s drivers to win, a team that Hendrick Motorsports supports. Mr. H wanted the Spire Motorsports driver, Corey LaJoie, to take the win if a Hendrick driver couldn’t.

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“I was proud and excited and if we couldn’t win, I wanted (LaJoie) to win.”

He complimented LaJoie’s driving style and expressed how he wanted the Spire Motorsports driver to win if Chase Didn’t.

Hendrick said, “He’s a great guy. That was a Cinderella story, and if we couldn’t win, I wanted him to win. He looked as good as anyone in this field today.”

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But why did Mr. H want a driver from Spire Motorsports to win? Well, the two teams are connected.

The Alliance Of Hendrick Motorsports And Spire Motorsports

Spire Motorsports has an alliance with Hendrick Motorsports, which is somewhat like 23XI Racing’s partnership with Joe Gibbs Racing.

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Hendrick provides Engines and Technical support for Spire Motorsports’ Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.

Feb 16, 2022; Daytona, FL, USA; Feb 16, 2022; Daytona, FL, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Corey LaJoie (7) talks to the press during Daytona 500 media day at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit:Mandatory Credit: Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports

It’s amazing how teams support other teams to reach the peak of NASCAR. Moreover, even Spire Motorsports help Hendrick as Hendrick Motorsports drivers often drive Spire trucks when they wanna compete in the truck series.

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However, do you think Corey LaJoie can compete with Hendrick Motorsports drivers in the future? Let us know in the comments.

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Hetul Katyal

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Hetul Katyal is an F1-NASCAR web stories creator at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his degree in Journalism from the Delhi College of Arts and Commerce, he is an avid supporter of Carlos Sainz and Scuderia Ferrari. Hetul always looks forward to the paddock going to Baku, but the part of F1 that excites him the most, is seeing the drivers tackle the 'Raidillon' at Spa.

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