“They Outrun Hendrick Every Week” – Bubba Wallace’s Spotter Names the NASCAR Team That Has Outshined Hendrick Motorsports This Season

Published 06/16/2022, 4:55 AM EDT
Mar 13, 2022; Avondale, Arizona, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Ross Chastain (1) leads driver Tyler Reddick (8) during the Ruoff Mortgage 500 at Phoenix Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Imagine being in your first season in the NASCAR Cup Series and being called a faster team than Hendrick Motorsports. That’s what the Trackhouse Racing team has done.

Yes, the new team has won three races this season, two wins less than HMS, but it’s their speed and consistency that has earned them the title of being better than Rick Hendrick’s team.

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This title was bestowed on Pitbull and Justin Marks’ team by Bubba Wallace’s spotter, Freddie Kraft.

“They (Trackhouse Racing) are consistently better than Hendrick, like weekly. When we’re coming to the season, if you’re talking about like who’s gonna be the best Chevy team, there’s no doubt in my mind that it’s Hendrick,” he said in a recent episode of the Door Bumper Clear podcast.

“But they outrun Hendrick every week, it seems like now.”

Kraft then claimed that the two best Chevy cars in the Cup Series in terms of being fast and being consistent are the #1 of Ross Chastain and the #8 of Tyler Reddick.

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As for the quadrant of HMS and especially the star duo of Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott, the spotter said, “The Hendrick cars, you know, they pop in and pop out depending on the racetrack.” 

Hendrick Motorsports are in its best phase ever, according to Mr. H

During the Dover Victory Bell celebration, Rick Hendrick, the founder of Hendrick Motorsports, claimed that the current phase of the organization is the best they’ve ever had. That’s saying something, as HMS has had drivers like Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr, Kyle Busch, and more.

“We’ve got the best lineup of drivers and crew chiefs we ever had. I think across the board when you look at the results from last year, two years back-to-back champions,” Hendrick said.

Feb 16, 2022; Daytona, FL, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Larson (right) qualifies first and NASCAR Cup Series driver Alex Bowman (left) qualifies second for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports

Jeff Gordon, the former driver and the current Vice Chairman of HMS, also spoke about the present state of the race team.

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“We have great leadership, we have great support but it’s everybody here that has made this company grow to the level that it has,” Gordon said.

“There’s no other organization that does it like Hendrick Motorsports.” 

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Shaharyar Khan Chauhan

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Shaharyar is an F1 & NASCAR writer at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Journalism from Amity University, he has been a passionate follower of motorsports for a better part of the decade. A Max Verstappen and Ferrari supporter, he dreams of a pairing of the two in future.

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