NASCAR America: No Hendrick Motorsports drivers comfortable in playoff hunt
Hendrick Motorsports is in a bad place following a dismal outing Saturday at Daytona.
Alex Bowman was the only one of the team’s four drivers to finish the race, placing 10th for his third consecutive top 10.
Through 18 races, none of the four drivers have secured playoff spots. Sixteen teams will make the playoffs. Seven have secured spots via wins.
Jimmie Johnson is 14th (+54 points of the cutline), Chase Elliott is 15th (+37), Bowman 16th (+19) and William Byron is 21st (-108).
On NASCAR America, Dale Jarrett and Parker Kligerman discussed the team’s predicament
“There’s nobody that you would consider safe when you look at the playoff standings,” Jarrett said. “They still have a lot of work to do. I look at Kentucky. Looking ahead this weekend, it’s another night race. ... We saw them back at Charlotte have a better performance under the lights with cooler race track that the new Chevrolets, the Camaros, ran a lot better. In particular, Hendrick Motorsports did. Let’s see if they can pick it up again and get themselves a little further ahead of that 16th spot.”
In the Coke 600, Byron failed to finished the race while his three teammates all finished in the top 11, with Johnson finishing fifth.
Hendrick hasn’t won since Kasey Kahne visited Victory Lane in last July’s Brickyard 400.
Their winless streak is 34 races, the second longest stretch in team history. Their longest winless streak is 40 races.
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