hendrick 2019

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  1. Revman

    Revman Deal with it, dummy!

    I have never seen so much about a run in Phoenix a couple of years ago....
  2. FLRacingFan

    FLRacingFan Team Owner

    This is Chase's team for the foreseeable future. I think Bowman and Byron can be serviceable drivers who can win every once in a while, like an Almirola or Bowyer type, but not the type of drivers who will be regarded as serious title contender each year.
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  3. Revman

    Revman Deal with it, dummy!

    Well, if you were an owner worried about sponsorship, you might be less patient.
  4. StandOnIt

    StandOnIt Farm Truck

    I think it is way too soon to tell. I do worry about Byron, he is going to get the Elliott/Hambone treatment or something similar.
  5. Revman

    Revman Deal with it, dummy!

    Honestly, I hope Mr. H. stays with these guys so that we can play all of this out....but I don't know if he will/can.
  6. jaqua19

    jaqua19 Team Owner

    Its JJ's team until he retires

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  7. StandOnIt

    StandOnIt Farm Truck

    I don't know about that. JJ needs to be in front in the winners column for some fans. But yeah it doesn't matter to some. But they have been trying to throw him under the bus for one crappy season. I hope all of them get a hold of the new setups. More competition never hurts. It sucked looking at the board and seeing him running in the 20's a lot
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  8. Truex_rox

    Truex_rox Furniture Row's Biggest Fan

    It's kind of a big deal considering he led more laps and competed among the best in the car he was in compared to two drivers who have a tremendous stature in the sport and happened to drive the same car and didn't quite manage to emulate his results.

    It's not just that one run, either. He had a respectable 2018 season. As other members here pointed out, he was more often than not closer to the fore at Hendrick.
  9. StandOnIt

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  10. Dr_B_UNC

    Dr_B_UNC Crew Chief

    I can’t argue with JJ’s resume and all the wins, championships, etc. BUT the second half of this year was a passing of the torch. JJ is the figure head, but it’s Chase’s team now.

    With the new package next year, 2/3 of the races will be “plate racing” type lotteries so who knows.
  11. Revman

    Revman Deal with it, dummy!

    Eh. Pretty good point, but that was a different package at a different time. For some reason, this guy's success is guaranteed, and I don't agree.
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  12. Revman

    Revman Deal with it, dummy!

    The All Star Package brings hope IMO. It's a new game. Who is going to be first out of the gate?
  13. StandOnIt

    StandOnIt Farm Truck

    Yeah that is the big question mark for next season IMO. It's pretty much a whole new ball game. It's possible it will suit some drivers style better than others, and some racing teams will be better at getting it figured out than others. For me, I don't think the 4 or 5 top drivers/teams will have any problems with the changes. But there will be new shenanigans.
  14. Truex_rox

    Truex_rox Furniture Row's Biggest Fan

    I can see our final four from this year being good straight out of the gate - if the Mustangs do not face the same developmental problems that the Camaro has faced, that is.
  15. StandOnIt

    StandOnIt Farm Truck

    Well, since they had Rodney under house arrest, he probably was working on the new Mustang.
  16. StandOnIt

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  17. Ventisca

    Ventisca Crew Chief Contributor

    The way Chad treated JJ sometimes— I don’t believe it will be an ideal relationship with Byron. Although, I do believe progress will be made.

    Only one winning driver out of four — at HMS in 2018. Can’t see that happening again in 2019 without “consequences and repercussions”... :D
  18. SlicedBread22

    SlicedBread22 #TeamJL

    88 will do better than 24... 48 and 9 will do better than both of them
  19. Mopardh9

    Mopardh9 Team Owner Contributor

    You sure of that?
  20. mack

    mack Team Owner

    Seems a little early in his career to determine his abilities. It took Chase longer than expected to win. Last year was rough in the Bowtie camps. I fault the cars last year more so than the drivers. Maybe the Chevys will be better this year. Who knows?
  21. SlicedBread22

    SlicedBread22 #TeamJL

    88 might do better than 48.. otherwise yeah I'm pretty sure
  22. StandOnIt

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  23. 2 Sweet

    2 Sweet Legend

    Much better than the 2018 car. I like it
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  24. Snappy D

    Snappy D 2017 Pick Em Champion 2018 Bold Predictor

    I had no idea Jr was even there when I initially saw this. Cool if he’s still involved somewhat with the 88 team but I’d say it has more to do with Nationwide. I’d wager that Bowman wins a race this coming year, in fact I’d say everyone at HMS wins a race this year (is this a BOLD Prediction??? Not sure yet) however I’d also say we have now idea how the Chevy’s will run in this new aero package they are trotting out. Everyone is getting antsy for Daytona....I can’t wait for Atlanta.
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  25. Team Penske

    Team Penske Team Owner

    With the new rules, HMS will be able to go back to Chad's cheating notes. :sarcasm:
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  26. Mike Crayne

    Mike Crayne Team Owner

  27. Nitro Dude

    Nitro Dude Hauler Driver and Cylinder Head Maintenance

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  28. Nitro Dude

    Nitro Dude Hauler Driver and Cylinder Head Maintenance

    I sure hope JR left Nationwide a little money because they are going to have to write a check to me and 3 other of my teammates sometime in the near future.:D
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  29. Formerjackman

    Formerjackman Team Owner

    Part of the deal to keep Nationwide sponsoring the 88 car was that Dale was included in the package. Plus with his close business and personal ties to HMS, I think he has a genuine interest in seeing the team as a whole and his old car in particular do well. I also think he looks at Alex as one of "his guys".
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  30. StandOnIt

    StandOnIt Farm Truck

    So far, so good for the debut of a revamped Hendrick Motorsports No. 48 team this season.
    Much to the delight of Johnson’s fans, his No. 48 Chevrolet was among the fastest in the two-day test and ran up front in most of the 25-lap drafting sessions.
    “The cars are sensitive to the adjustments that are made. Three of the (first) four draft sessions, we were very competitive. The (Friday morning session), we weren’t as competitive,” Johnson said.

    “There are so many ways to get speed out of a race car and to have these sessions to try some really major concept ideas or changes is very helpful. We’ve definitely found one we don’t want to run already.”

  31. StandOnIt

    StandOnIt Farm Truck

    If Kevin Meendering left Las Vegas with a big smile on his face, there’s a very good reason.
    No, the new crew chief for seven-time NASCAR Cup champion Jimmie Johnson probably didn’t hit it big at the slot machines or poker tables, but he definitely was very happy with what his new driver did in Thursday and Friday’s NASCAR open test at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
    Johnson was fastest of 21 NASCAR Cup and Xfinity drivers that took part in the test, hitting a top speed of 178.885 mph on Thursday. Team Penske’s Brad Keselowski was fastest in Friday’s abbreviated half-day session, just a tick below Johnson’s previous day’s speed at 178.436 mph.
    “We got out there in a decent pack and figured out what issues we’re going to have, what we need to work on and some direction of how we need to develop our cars.
    “The communication’s been great, he’s easy to talk to and I feel like the learning curve has been pretty quick.”
    “(Johnson’s) feedback’s phenomenal,” Meendering said. “He really has a great understanding and feel for the car and gives great feedback, so it really makes my job a lot easier.

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  32. Truex_rox

    Truex_rox Furniture Row's Biggest Fan

    Encouraging signs from the 48 camp.
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  33. StandOnIt

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