Hendrick Motorsports Scores Historic 1-2-3 Finish on 40th Anniversary at Martinsville

In a race that extended into overtime, William Byron spearheaded an extraordinary 1-2-3 finish for Rick Hendrick’s team at the 0.526-mile short track, coinciding with the organization’s 40th anniversary in NASCAR’s top division.

Amidst a backdrop of cheering employees and supporters, Hendrick Motorsports achieved a remarkable feat, sweeping the podium positions at Martinsville, a first for any team. Byron’s triumph marked Hendrick’s 29th win at the track, establishing a new record for victories by a single organization at a NASCAR venue.

A pivotal early pit stop differentiated Byron, as he, alongside teammates Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott, strategically refueled and refreshed their tires ahead of leader Denny Hamlin. This tactical move positioned the Hendrick trio for success, with Byron eventually seizing the lead and dominating the remaining laps.

Larson, acknowledging Byron’s stellar performance, praised his teammate’s skill in navigating traffic and maintaining a strong pace. Despite Larson’s own impressive showing in Stage 1, he couldn’t reclaim lost track position, settling for second place behind Byron.

The Hendrick celebration was bittersweet, marred only by the absence of the team owner, recuperating from knee surgery. Nevertheless, NASCAR legend Jeff Gordon, standing in as grand marshal, lauded Byron and the entire organization for their exceptional achievement.

As Byron secures another significant win for Hendrick Motorsports, the team solidifies its position atop the series standings, with Larson leading by a narrow margin.