Is There More to the Hendrick and Stewart-Haas Victories Than Meets the Eye?
The fact that in the last five NASCAR races, the Hendrick team has one has led some people to get rather suspicious, especially as the season started with seven different winners. There has been a lot of changes this season as well with aero changes, tyre changes from Goodyear, the change in rules for the Chase and the no ride-height ruling.
It could be thought that the last variable is the one that would have the most effect on the drivers. This is because the setup approach to the cars has changed in that it is likely that most of the cars are likely to be different. Maybe a few will be the same but most of them will be different.
Back in February Dale Earnhardt Jr won the Daytona 500 and the Hendrick cars were okay but a bit behind. However, it looks like the Hendrick Motorsports and Stewart-Hass Racing alliance is changing as well. This alliance has been going since 2009 but it looks this time like the teams are really working together and it is starting to pay off. There are impressive drivers at Stewart-Haas and it looks like information and data is being used well by both teams, meaning that they are both giving and receiving equally.
Out of the fifteen races this season three have been won by Team Penske and nine but the Hendrick and Stewart-Haas Alliance. It looks like this trend is likely to continue as well. It could mean that these two teams will end up ruling the track. However, it could make things even more interesting if other teams get to understand what is going on. They may decide to pair up as well and support each other and this could in fact lead to interesting developments to the sport as a whole.