Hendrick Motorsports Dominates Martinsville Speedway as NASCAR Playoffs Reach Final Stage
Hendrick Motorsports is gearing up for a thrilling battle at Martinsville Speedway this weekend, marking the end of the Round of 8 in the NASCAR playoffs. With a staggering 28 victories at this 0.526-mile track, Hendrick Motorsports holds the record for the most wins by a team at a single venue in the sport’s history. This remarkable achievement makes them the undisputed kings of Martinsville Speedway.
All four of Hendrick Motorsports’ drivers in the current lineup have tasted victory at “The Paperclip.” Kyle Larson claimed his triumph in the 2023 spring race, while Chase Elliott emerged victorious during the playoff race in 2020, securing his spot in the Championship 4 and eventually clinching the title. William Byron joined the winner’s circle in the spring of 2022, and Alex Bowman triumphed in the fall of 2021. This impressive lineup of drivers exemplifies the team’s dominance at Martinsville Speedway.
The upcoming race at Martinsville Speedway is the cutoff event before the Championship 4 is finalized. Larson has already secured his spot in the next round, both as a driver and on the owner’s side, following his win at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Meanwhile, Byron and the No. 24 team remain in contention, while the No. 9 team is vying for the owner’s championship.
Larson will showcase the HendrickCars.com paint scheme on his No. 5 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. In his five previous starts at Martinsville with Hendrick Motorsports, Larson has achieved three top-five finishes, a marked improvement over his earlier 12 starts at the track, where he achieved only one top-five finish. It’s worth noting that all four of Larson’s points-paying victories this season, including his triumph in the spring race at Martinsville, came with HendrickCars.com as the primary partner.
Elliott, on the other hand, will proudly display the colors of NAPA Auto Parts on his No. 9 Chevy. Martinsville Speedway has proven to be one of Elliott’s strongest tracks on the Cup Series circuit. With one win, five top-five finishes, and 10 top-10 finishes in his 16 starts at the 0.526-mile venue, Elliott has dominated the competition. Additionally, his 957 laps led at Martinsville are the highest among all tracks on the circuit. Notably, NAPA was on board for his victory in the 2020 elimination race, which served as a stepping stone to his ultimate triumph in the Cup Series championship.
This weekend, Fans will witness the debut of PODS as the primary sponsor for Byron and the No. 24 team. Byron has performed exceptionally well at Martinsville, boasting one win, four top-five finishes, and six top-10 finishes in his 11 starts at the track. Impressively, all of his top-five and top-10 results have been achieved in his last eight starts on the Virginia short track. Byron continues to lead the series in wins this season, with an impressive tally of six victories.
Bowman will proudly represent the “day” look on his No. 48 Ally Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. His triumph in the 2021 fall race marked the fourth and final victory of his career-best season in the Cup Series. In his 14 starts at Martinsville, the 30-year-old driver has also achieved three additional top-10 finishes.
Fans should mark their calendars for Sunday, Oct. 29, at 2 p.m. ET, as they won’t want to miss the exhilarating action from Martinsville Speedway. The race will be broadcasted on NBC, NBC Sports App, MRN Radio, and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Channel 90). To add to the excitement, take a look at the stunning paint schemes that each driver will showcase during the race.
– Kyle Larson will dazzle the crowd with the No. 5 HendrickCars.com Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.
– Chase Elliott will impress with the No. 9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.
– William Byron will turn heads with the No. 24 PODS Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.
– Alex Bowman will showcase the No. 48 Ally Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.
Get ready for an action-packed weekend as Hendrick Motorsports aims to extend their reign at Martinsville Speedway and solidify their position in the NASCAR playoffs.