It’so too early to announce Hendrick Motorsports back to the top echelon of the Dragon Energy NASCAR Cup Series but rsquo & the organization .
First, HMS’ four Cup series drivers posted on the top four qualifying speeds for rsquo & next Sunday;s Daytona 500, using Willian Byron locking himself into teammate Alex Bowman and the pole linking him.
Months after, Jimmie Johnson — who hadn’t won a race in more than a took the checkered flag in the Advance Auto Parts Clash exhibition event in his race working together with new crew chief Kevin Meendering.
You know, it’s only unbelievable to have the 4 cars qualify like this, and to have Jimmie win against the Clash … it seems good,” team owner Rick Hendrick said.
“It seems good to visit Kevin and Jimmie be successful now, and it seems good to visit William and (crew chief) Chad (Knaus). It’s been a fantastic day for your own organization. ”
While HMS have been on top of its performance match in recent seasons, the organization has preserved a few of its finest minutes.
Byron’the 21-year-old is the different driver for your own organization to win an 500 pole and therefore pole is the fifth sequential from the race for HMS.
“We put a great deal of focus on attempting to take a seat on the pole and go for your front ,” Hendrick said. “Therefore, I think we’t got the rate. We’I think that is our second year with this specific particular car, and t must get the handling now down, so that I think we&rsquo. ”
The debut of the Chevrolet Camaro body style in the Cup series season given several performance difficulties for some other Chevy teams and HMS.
Elliott advanced into the playoffs finishing sixth in the series standings and picked up the first three races of the Cup career while Byron, Bowman and Johnson all went winless in 2018.
Late last season, HMS announced the 17-year teaming of Johnson and Knaus would come to a end as Knaus would work in 2019 with Byron and Kevin Meendering would become Johnson & rsquo; s new crew chief.
The two new combinations may not have enjoyed a much better debut, together with Byron winning the pole for the summer season ’Johnson and s biggest race.
“This guy has done alot over rdquo; Byron said of Knaus, & the off ‑ season for me to get improved and prepared to move. “I always feel like there’therefore a lot of things that we’re moving through for the first time, however for me it’s kind of being here for the 2nd time (this ) feels really comfortable.
“I get to experience the garage the same style, don’t have to be worried about the newness of the Cup Series, so that I ’m looking forward to this, and that I understand we now ’t got a hungry bunch of guys to pursue it with. ”
Though Johnson & rsquo; s victory in the Clash came with some controversy — while Johnson attempted to pass for the head, he had been included with a late-race wreck with boss Paul Menard — he appreciated the ability the success provided.
“rsquo & there;s pressures put on each individual team, and outside anxieties,&rdquo. “Someone developed a idea of who’s definitely going to win Jimmie or even Chad, first, and then your pressure, can we win .
“There’s only different things that any every team and driver cope with, so to work through this now and to win now only sort of, I think, helps with some of the outside pressure about where the team is currently. ”