Kyle Larson’s impressive march to the NASCAR Cup Series championship was by no means the only notable accomplishment for Hendrick Motorsports in 2021. Joining Larson in Victory Lane over the course of the season were the other three Hendrick drivers — Alex Bowman, Chase Elliott and Willam Byron — who combined for seven wins of their own, giving Hendrick Motorsports a total of 17 victories in 36 races. All four Hendrick drivers made it to the playoffs, while two of the four — Larson and Elliott — reached the Championship 4. It was an all-around dominant season for the organization, whose four drivers are all under the age of 30 and represent one of Hendrick’s youngest driver lineups in the company’s 35-year-plus history.
“I really like our lineup right now,” team owner Rick Hendrick said after the season’s final race at Phoenix Raceway where Larson delivered the organization’s second consecutive championship and 14th overall at NASCAR’s highest level. “I like just the chemistry between the four drivers. That’s important that they get along. Of course they want to beat each other, but I’ve got a lot invested in William. I’ve got a lot invested in Chase, Alex and Kyle. I hope we can keep the band together because we’ve got such a good core working together.
“I can’t emphasize enough: You don’t hear any friction between our guys and our crew chiefs. They really work well together. To me, that’s what makes an organization work is all the people really pulling together.”