Hendrick Motorsports has achieved a lot in the last three decades. It has dominated NASCARs sprint cup championships with a selection of wins. The team has four cars and between them they have won 11 titles as well as 224 race wins. On Sunday they will be going for a record for them. Kasey Kahne is keen to be involved this time as he is the only driver not yet to have got a win.
Jeff Gordon won at Kansas Speedway, Dale Earnhardt Jr won at Pocono Raceway and Jimmie Johnson has now won at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Dover International Speedway and Michigan International Speedway. These have been consecutive victories for the team and they will be hoping to go for a sixth this weekend.
Back in 2007 this happened when Johnson and Gordon were the dominating forces in the championship but they have not yet had a winning streak since. Kahne won in Sonoma in 2009 and is hoping to win this weekend at the Toyota Save Mart 350.
Hendrick has got secure sponsorship from Farmers Insurance which has just been extended through to 2017 but Kahne is only signed up until the end of 2015. He has spoken about how he wishes to remain with the team and feels that if he can perform well then he is more likely to be kept on.
He explained that having three teammates who perform so well is really good for him as he can get help from them as well as from Rick Hendrick himself. He said that he has struggled but is hoping that if he can get past them, then he will be able to stay with the team. At the start of the season Kahne only managed two top ten finishes in the first nine races but then improved with a top five place in two of the last five races, which included a fifth place on Sunday. It is back in 2010 when he last had a winless season when he was with Richard Petty Motorsports. He would love to qualify for the chase, which he has done for the last two years and three times altogether. He explained that early on he was not good enough but he is hoping to keep improving, get some more points and hopefully qualify for the chase.