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With his win of the May 13th Bojangles Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway, Jimmie Johnson in his No. 48 Lowe’s/KOBALT Tools Chevrolet captured the 200th Owner win for Rick Hendrick in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

Hendrick founded All-Star Racing in 1984 as a one-car operation with Geoffrey Bodine driving an entire 30-race campaign in the No. 5 Chevrolets. The team finished ninth in championship points, earned three victories, and collected three pole positions in its inaugural season. The first Owner win for Hendrick, with Bodine at the wheel and Harry Hyde as crew chief, came at Martinsville Speedway on April 29, 1984. The company was rechristened Hendrick Motorsports (HMS) in 1985.

Hendrick Motorsports currently ranks second on NASCAR’s all-time Cup wins list and Hendrick is highly recognized as one of the sport’s premier team owners. His Cup-level teams have won at least one race each year since 1986, the longest active streak; and averaged nearly 10 wins annually over the past 10 years. 

Raised on his family farm near Palmer Springs, VA, Hendrick has always had a pure passion for the automobile. With that love of cars, he made a name for himself at age 14 by setting speed records at a local drag strip in a self-built 1931 Chevrolet. His NASCAR wins have been exclusively with Chevrolet for nearly three decades.

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Asked in a press conference after the race what it means to get the win at the tough Darlington track, Henrick said, “I had an old dealership down the road here. And one day my wife and I drove over here in 1976 and pulled up and didn’t buy a ticket and sat in the stands and watched. You know, I wanted to win it in Martinsville because of the crash up there and that was our first race, and we were looking like we had it done.

“And then we came down here and when you think about the tradition here at Darlington, it couldn’t have happened at a better place. So, I’m glad it’s over (laughs). I’m glad we got 200. Man, I have answered more questions and hauled those hats around and talked about it so much! I just want to thank everybody and those folks that gave it all and gave their lives in ’04, my family and my friends, this is a special night we’re going to remember them.”