By admin | April 17, 2012
By Richard Allen
It is a testament as to how high Hendrick Motorsports has set their own bar when it becomes a story that their organization has not won in the first seven races of 2012. But, that is indeed the case for NASCAR’s most potent team, holders of ten Sprint Cup titles since 1995, going into this Sunday’s STP 400 at the Kansas Speedway.
Actually, taking last season into account, the current HMS losing streak goes back thirteen races. That is the longest drought this organization has suffered since the end of 2002 and the beginning of 2003 when they went fifteen races without a trip to victory lane.
However, there is reason for optimism going into this weekend for fans of Rick Hendrick’s drivers. The last win for HMS came at this same Kansas Speedway back in October when Jimmie Johnson wheeled his No. 48 Chevrolet to the finish line ahead of the competition.
And more, last weekend at the Texas Motor Speedway, a 1.5 mile track like that of Kansas, HMS place all four of its cars in the top-10 at the finish. Also, aside from their own momentum building performance in Texas, there is no doubt the equipment this team produces is capable of winning races. Stewart-Haas Racing with drivers Tony Stewart and Ryan Newman has won three times in the season’s first seven outings.
Hendrick drivers have amassed a total of thirteen top-10s so far this year with Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Johnson leading the way with five each. Those two drivers also rank in the top-10 of the Sprint Cup standings at this early juncture of the campaign.
HMS has won four times at Kansas, which is more than any other organization. Should a Hendrick car win this weekend it will be the 200th victory for in team’s history.
So, will this be the weekend for Hendrick Motorsports to end its 2012 “slump”? If so, will it be Johnson, Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon or Kasey Kahne to do the honors of hoisting this milestone trophy?
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