For the second year in a row, the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports car will start on pole for the Daytona 500 next Sunday. But, uh, there’s a different driver in it. While former No. 24 driver Jeff Gordon called the qualifying session from the broadcast booth, rookie Chase Elliott put the car back out front again.
As for your dreams of owning VIN No. 001 of the 2017 Acura NSX, well... they’re not happening. Better luck next time. That honor will go to NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick, who paid nearly eight times the car’s price tag for rights to make the first custom order.
[A crew member congratulates Jeff Gordon after qualifying on pole for today’s race at Talladega Superspeedway. Gordon’s Hendrick Motorsports team qualified in four of the top five starting positions, with teammate and fellow Chase for the Sprint Cup driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. coming in fifth. Photo credit: Getty Images]
Usually, any crew member who punches a driver ends up looking for a job afterwards. Not so for the crew members of the #5 and #24 cars who threw punches in the fight that included drivers Brad Keselowski, Jeff Gordon and Kevin Harvick. Hendrick Motorsports has their back.
Per NASCAR, it's throwing a punch that crosses the line if you're fighting in the pits after a race. I guess headlocks aren't hardcore enough. Four crew members were hit with fines and suspensions, and their crew chiefs were fined and placed on probation for not properly overseeing their crew.
If you think NASCAR is all about hillbillies hammering cars together in dirty garages, prepare to have your mind blown.
A plane belonging to Rick Hendrick, owner of NASCAR team Hendrick Motorsports, crashed last night in Key West after the plane's brakes failed during the landing. All four passengers on the plane were transported to the hospital.
Slate's John Swansburg offers up an interesting meditation on how Dale Jr.'s move to to Hendrick Motorsports from DEI could actually be harmful to the France family's carefully-crafted legacy. He posits that putting the yin and yang of the sport (J. Gordon and Junior) on the same squad could cut down on the sport's…