I’ve been writing the last few weeks about where has the speed gone for the Hendrick Motorsports camp? They started off 2020 so hot with contending for wins and stage wins. After all, they had 10 stage victories in the first 19 stages of the season. Then, over the last 20, they’ve scored just one.
Furthermore, over the last seven races, they have just one combined top five finish in points paying events. That came with Chase Elliott’s fourth place run in Pocono 1.
Alex Bowman has just one top five result since we’ve returned to racing (15 races) and that was in the first race back. William Byron has no top fives in 20 races run this season in total while Jimmie Johnson has two top fives all year long and only one in his last 16 tries.
That’s no going into the playoffs very hot. Plus, with Byron and Johnson battling for the last couple of wildcard spots available, they need all the top 10’s that they can get.
The problem is, I don’t see much happening this weekend at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Elliott, has one top 10 in six tries. Byron’s best finish is 12th. Bowman’s best result is 11th. Johnson, has no top five finishes there since 2014.
Last year, HMS finished 12-14-29-30.
They need solid finishes but they may have to go for stage points now this weekend since the finishes haven’t been there on this track lately.
Plus, Chevrolet has just 1 win at NHMS since 2012 (13 races).