“The Paperclip” is a special track to both fans and racers alike, but to everyone at Hendrick Motorsports it might be more than that. Prior to Sundays race, the organization has led a record-shattering 10,501 laps at Martinsville. Most of any team at any track.
As if to announce the return of Cliff Daniels from penalty suspension. The 5 team made a late race pit gamble for two tires, that ended up being the answer. After taking the lead with 30 to go, Kyle Larson now has his second win of the season and first at Martinsville. Adding to the now 28 wins for HMS, most of any team at a single track. Kyle and teammate William Byron, are the only drivers to have multiple wins this season. Two of four cars locked into the playoffs, a win, and increasing records is certainly one way to end the weekend.
Chase Elliott also made a much awaited return, many were curious how the 7-week recovery time went for him. Chase said after the race he was “pleasantly surprised” with the 10th place finish. Seeing the 2020 champ jump back in like he never left, surely had many feeling just that.