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Old 01-24-2015, 09:25 AM
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Location: The Sand Hills of NC
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It's just as well he would not have been as sucessful at Ford. Ford is just not willing to spend the money that GM does on all forms of racing.

Gordon and Everenham were just part of the winning effort, Hendrick with backing from GM was the key.

Once Hendrick became the key player in NASCAR even the other former GM teams fell behind.

When was the last time a non Hendrick backed GM team won the championship?
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Old 01-24-2015, 09:27 AM
 
Location: Murfreesboro, TN
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It's just as well he would not have been as sucessful at Ford. Ford is just not willing to spend the money that GM does on all forms of racing.

Gordon and Everenham were just part of the winning effort, Hendrick with backing from GM was the key.

Once Hendrick became the key player in NASCAR even the other former GM teams fell behind.

When was the last time a non Hendrick backed GM team won the championship?
Tony Stewart in a Gibbs Chevrolet in 2005.
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Old 01-24-2015, 11:37 AM
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Tony Stewart in a Gibbs Chevrolet in 2005.
10 years ago, I win my case.
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Old 01-24-2015, 04:36 PM
 
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bill davis told gordon that they would do one more season in busch racing, and then move to nascar after that. gordon didnt want to wait, so he jumped to hendrick.
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Old 01-26-2015, 06:15 AM
 
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Kind of surprising but I agree with USNRET04 that this is paving the way for Chase Elliott to replace Gordon as Hendricks 4th team in 2016 !
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Old 01-29-2015, 11:03 AM
 
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Kind of surprising but I agree with USNRET04 that this is paving the way for Chase Elliott to replace Gordon as Hendricks 4th team in 2016 !
It's official: Chase Elliott to replace Jeff Gordon in No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevy

Chase Elliott named driver of Hendrick Motorsports No. 24 car in 2016 | FOX Sports

A no brainer really. If a spot did not open at HMS, then this 19 y/o phenom would be heading somewhere else. Jeff knew that and being the savvy business man that he is, he found it to be perfect timing to retire.
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Old 01-29-2015, 06:48 PM
 
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Did Chase get any starts in Cup last year? I don't remember but he certainly will get some this year to prep him for 2016! I am already looking for to his Cup career and hope we as fans don't put too much pressure on him to succeed right of the bat.. Of course being with a top TEAM like Hendrick, he will have to win and win soon in order to keep his seat but I suspect he will! Will NAPA make a return to CUP as well as his sponsor or will Dupont stay on the 24 ? Wait, its way too early for silly season.. I am juiced, just got my 500 tix in the mail.. can't wait for speed weeks to get here!

WEll, i guess I should have read the article first. Chase will run 5 Cup races this year in the #25 NAPA Chevrolet:
March 29 at Martinsville Speedway, April 25 at Richmond International Raceway, May 24 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, July 26 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Sept. 6 at Darlington Raceway.
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Old 01-29-2015, 07:49 PM
 
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I kinda wish they wouldn't have used the 24 for Chase.
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Old 01-30-2015, 04:46 AM
 
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I kinda wish they wouldn't have used the 24 for Chase.
I wonder if that is for certain? This year he will be driving the 25 car for a few races. I don't see any reason for him not to keep that number. But if HMS is not going to retire the 24 number, Chase seems to have the quality of a driver that would honor and respect the 24 car.
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Old 01-30-2015, 08:17 AM
 
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I wonder if that is for certain? This year he will be driving the 25 car for a few races. I don't see any reason for him not to keep that number. But if HMS is not going to retire the 24 number, Chase seems to have the quality of a driver that would honor and respect the 24 car.
They very well may do that and leave 24 for the few races i suspect Jeff will run each year.. He is running a few races each year just not a full season, correct?
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