After an underwhelming performance as a whole last weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hendrick Motorsports is eager to return to its frontrunning ways on Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway — a track where, oddly enough, Hendrick hasn’t fielded a race winner since 2012. Will it happen?
Alex Bowman, whose fourth-place finish at AMS was best among the Hendrick brigade, sees last weekend’s result as somewhat of an anomaly for the organization that came into the weekend having won seven of the previous eight races. He also doesn’t buy into the idea that the competition has necessarily caught up to Hendrick.
"It's been one week since we won,” Bowman said after the Atlanta race. “We won the last one. As a company, it doesn't look like we were quite as strong in Atlanta, but next week is a new week." Indeed it is. “We just need to find a little pace, and I need to find a little bit myself, and I think we can get back to where we need to be,” Hendrick driver and reigning Cup Series champion Chase Elliott said. “We just need a tick more.”
Elliott owns two top-10 finishes — including only one top-five — in seven Cup starts at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, where he is winless. “New Hampshire has been a really hit-or-miss place for us,” he said. “It’s just a different track. It takes a different driving style, I feel like, than some of the other places. I look at Loudon as being more of its own animal.”