With the impending retirement of seven-time NASCAR Cup Series Champion Jimmie Johnson, the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet remains one of the biggest, most coveted open rides projected for the 2021 season and beyond. So far, there’s no announcement of a successor to Johnson in the No. 48 car, which is leading to wild speculation among fans and lucrative writing opportunities for NASCAR media.
The Lottery for No. 48 is highly sought after by several potential NASCAR Cup Series drivers. It’s a big win for one lucky driver. And perhaps for Hendrick Motorsports too.
Since seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson has said the 2020 season is his last full-time year in the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet. The question most ask is who will replace him? Without an answer from team owner Rick Hendrick, speculation in the rumor mill is running rampant on social media.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Rick Hendrick smiled widely and acknowledged that his team’s one-two–three-four sweep of Daytona 500 pole qualifying is as good an omen as his championship organization could hope for. He loves the historical significance and the present message about their preparation for the season’s biggest race.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Paired for the first time with crew chief Chad Knaus, sophomore driver William Byron put his No. 24 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 on the pole for the Feb. 17 Daytona 500 on Sunday (2:30 p.m. ET on FOX, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), leading a Hendrick Motorsports sweep of the top four spots and extending that organization’s dominance in Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series qualifying at Daytona International Speedway.
Jimmie Johnson(L), the driver of the #48 Lowe’s for Pros Chevrolet, and his crew chief Chad Knaus stand in the garage area during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Gander Outdoors 400 at Dover International Speedway on October 5, 2018, in Dover, Delaware. Photo – Chris Trotman/Getty Images
Both driver Jimmie Johnson and crew chief Chad Knaus have had their eyes on a record-breaking eighth Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver’s championship, ever since the duo won their seventh title together in 2016. Continue reading →