Hendrick Motorsports (HMS), originally named All Star Racing, is a current American auto racing team created in 1984 by Rick Hendrick. The team currently competes in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
One of stock car racing's premier organizations, Hendrick Motorsports has garnered eleven Sprint Cup Series owners and drivers championships, three Camping World Truck Series owners and drivers titles, and one Xfinity Series drivers crown, 237 Sprint Cup Series victories, 26 Xfinity Series wins, and 26 Camping World Truck Series victories.
The team currently fields four full-time Sprint Cup Series teams, including the No. 5 Farmers Insurance Group/Great Clips/LiftMaster/Quicken Loans/Pepsi Chevrolet SS for Kasey Kahne, the No. 24 NAPA/3M/Kelley Blue Book/Time Warner Cable Chevrolet SS for Chase Elliott, the No. 48 Lowe's/Kobalt Tools Chevrolet SS for Jimmie Johnson, and the No.
88 Nationwide Insurance/AXALTA /Diet Mountain Dew/TaxSlayer.com Chevrolet SS for Dale Earnhardt, Jr. The team formerly fielded teams in the now-Xfinity Series before merging its efforts with JR Motorsports. The team also fielded several trucks in the Camping World Truck Series, most recently for development driver Chase Elliott in 2013.
The team has fielded cars in the past for many NASCAR drivers, including Geoff Bodine, Tim Richmond, Darrell Waltrip, Benny Parsons, Ricky Rudd, Ken Schrader, Terry Labonte, Kyle Busch, Casey Mears, Mark Martin, Brian Vickers, and Jeff Gordon.
At the restart on lap 24, Kurt Busch led the field to the green flag. Brian Vickers passed Kurt Busch for the lead on lap 26. Vickers led for three laps, until lap 29, when Hamlin passed Vickers for the lead. One lap later, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. passed Hamlin. Michael Waltrip passed Earnhardt and claimed the lead a lap later on lap 31. Two laps later, on lap 33, A. J. Allmendinger passed Waltrip, but on the next lap Waltrip reclaimed the lead. On lap 38, Jimmie Johnson passed Waltrip for the lead, but on lap 39, with a push from Vickers, Earnhardt passed Johnson. On lap 42, Jeff Burton passed Earnhardt, but Earnhardt repassed him on the next lap.
On the next lap, Kyle Busch passed Earnhardt Jr. for the lead, but Busch led only one lap until Earnhardt passed him. On lap 46, Kurt Busch passed Earnhardt for the lead.
All Hendrick racecars are constructed start-to-finish at the 100-plus acre Hendrick Motorsports complex in Concord, North Carolina. More than 550 engines are built or re-built on-site each year, with the team leasing some of those to other NASCAR outfits. Hendrick Motorsports employs over 500 people that perform many day-to-day activities. In 2009, Hendrick Motorsports made history by having three out of the four full-time drivers finish in the top three places in the point standings (Johnson, Martin, and Gordon).