Since Michael McDowell and Front Row Motorsports sent shockwaves through the NASCAR world with their win in the season-opening Daytona 500, two organizations that traditionally win races and run up front have made their presence felt over the past four weekends. Those organizations are Hendrick Motorsports and Joe Gibbs Racing, which have both captured a pair of wins. Heading to Atlanta Motor Speedway for Race No. 5, it’s looking more and more like this season could end up taking the form of a Hendrick-JGR battle for supremacy.
“I’m super excited,” said team owner Rick Hendrick, whose drivers William Byron and Kyle Larson each have a win in 2021. “It just looks like at every race we’re in we’ve got cars in there that can win it. That’s what you want. You want an opportunity to win. Everybody’s working well together. We got a great team that is working really well together. I just feel like the chemistry is so good right now. I don’t know if I ever remember it being any better across the board with all four cars. Two cars sometimes, then one car winning them all. But now we’ve got a really good balance. Everybody’s excited. I’m excited.”
The same could be said for most everyone over at JGR, which has gone to Victory Lane this year with first-year JGR Cup driver Christopher Bell and veteran Martin Truex Jr. “You still continue to work and try to find things, because everybody else is,” said Truex after going to Victory Lane this past weekend at Phoenix Raceway.