With the NASCAR Cup Series season now just two races shy of its halfway point, Hendrick Motorsports has won seven of 16 points races this year, including each of the last four. Needless to say, confidence within the organization remains at perhaps an all-time high heading into Sunday’s first ever Cup race at Nashville Superspeedway. Likely the most confident among the four Hendrick drivers is Kyle Larson, who is a winner of the both the two most recent points races and this past weekend’s All-Star exhibition at Texas Motor Speedway.
Although Larson has never turned a lap in a NASCAR stock car of any kind at Nashville, he’s the prohibitive favorite heading into Sunday. And if he doesn’t come out on top, there’s a strong probability that one of his teammates will. It’s been that kind of season for the Hendrick organization. “Any time I sit in a race car, I’m in some of the best — if not the best equipment — out there,” Larson said. “My No. 5 team is unbelievable. Just very fortunate to be in these cars.”
Larson’s crew chief, Cliff Daniels, concurs. “Every single guy on our team has ‘bought in,’” he said. “They’re strong. A team is really only as strong as its weakest link, and we just don’t have any. All the guys on our team are racers, and they live, eat and breathe this stuff. They put in so much prep time at the shop ... and I think what is helping us right now is just the chemistry.”