Which Driver Has Led the Most Laps for Hendrick Motorsports as They Surpassed the 100,000 Mile Barrier in Sonoma?

Published 06/20/2022, 1:15 PM EDT
LONG POND, PA – AUGUST 03: (L-R) Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s Chevrolet and Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 DuPont Chevrolet, stand in the garage during practice for the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway on August 3, 2007 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Hendrick Motorsports has been one of the most dominant teams in the NASCAR Cup Series. The team run by American businessman Rick Hendrick has 16 Cup Series Championships to its name. On top of that, the team has earned 339 wins and 298 poles across all three major series since the team’s inception back in 1984 till the end of the 2021 season.

However, that is not the only record set by the most successful team in Stock Car racing history. In fact, Hendrick Motorsports is the first NASCAR team to surpass 100,000 miles led in the NASCAR Cup Series.

So, you might wonder, who accomplished this incredible feat? Well, it was none other than Hendrick Motorsports’ Golden Boy, and the 2020 Cup Series Champion, Chase Elliott.


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LOS ANGELES, CA – FEBRUARY 06: Chase Elliott (#9 Hendrick Motorsports NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet) acknowledges the crowd during driver introductions prior to the NASCAR Busch Light Clash at The Coliseum on February 6, 2022, at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Will Navarro/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

This is incredible news for the #9 car! However, this begs the question, which Hendrick Motorsports driver has led the most laps in the Cup Series?


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A racing organization as prestigious as Hendrick Motorsports has produced some of the best drivers in NASCAR. Unsurprisingly, the most miles-led crown goes to one of the jewels of the sport; the driver with the most led miles is the team’s Vice Chairman, Jeff Gordon. The four-time Cup Series driver has led 31,523.282 miles in the #24 car. And, he’s followed by seven-time Cup Series Champion Jimmie Johnson, with 24,871.212 miles.

Jeff Gordon, left, and Jimmie Johnson wave to the crowd during driver introductions for the NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race at Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Va., Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Chase Elliott has led the third-most miles, with 5,819.724 miles he spent ahead of the pack.

According to Racer.com, these are the most miles led by Hendrick Motorsports drivers:

1. Jeff Gordon: 31,523.282

2. Jimmie Johnson: 24,871.212

3. Chase Elliott: 5,819.724


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4. Geoff Bodine: 5,167.738

5. Dale Earnhardt Jr.: 4,347.677

6. Kyle Larson: 3,959.528


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These stats just go on to show the pedigree of the team over such a long period of time. Do you think any team can surpass Hendrick Motorsports in this statistic?



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.