Which Hendrick driver has the most top-10s? Hint: it’s not Jimmie Johnson
With two wins, Jimmie Johnson is the only Hendrick Motorsports driver to reach victory lane in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2016.
But Johnson is not the No. 1 driver at HMS when it comes to top-10 finishes after Saturday’s GoBowling 400 at Kansas Speedway.
Rookie Chase Elliott now has the most top-10 finishes of HMS drivers, with Saturday’s race being his seventh in the first 11 races this season.
Johnson has the second-most top-10s with six. Dale Earnhardt Jr. has five and Kasey Kahne has three.
After season-worst finishes of 37th at Daytona and 38th at Las Vegas, Elliott has four top-10 finishes (three also being top-five showings) in his last five starts.
Here’s the list of Elliott’s top-10 finishes in 2016:
Other finishes: Daytona (37th), Atlanta (38th), Martinsville (20th) and Richmond (12th).
One other note about Elliott: He’s ranked fifth among all Cup drivers in top-10s. Points leader Kevin Harvick, Kansas winner Kyle Busch and brother Kurt Busch all have nine top-10 finishes, while Carl Edwards has eight.
As for the overall Sprint Cup standings, Johnson is fourth, Earnhardt is ninth, Elliott is 11th and Kahne is 18th.