If you look at the final finishing positions, you may see Hendrick finishing 10-11-16-23. While that’s still not great, it’s on the right track.
Listen, they have nothing for JGR/SHR/Penske right now. But, no one does. There’s a reason that these three organizations have won the last 11 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races. If you want to look for a team next best, other than Kurt Busch (Ganassi) it’s this Hendrick operation.
Chase Elliott has finished in the top 13 in the last four weeks. He didn’t have any power steering all day and was involved in several on track incidents but still finished 11th.
“Definitely not what we started out hoping for,” said the Food City 500 pole sitter. “We got turned late in the race, that was about it. We fell behind from there. Had a great car, even without the power steering.”
Jimmie Johnson earned a 10th place finish and now has two straight on the year and three in the last five weeks.
“We did make a jump in our performance so I hope we can find another chunk that quickly that will put us in that top-five mix consistently,” said Johnson. “I think we are going to right way and I am very optimistic about that, so I am very thankful and grateful for that. We will celebrate these small victories and get ready for the big one.”
William Byron and Alex Bowman still have some work to do, but Johnson and Elliott are starting to find their grooves.