It took 61 years to break Petty Enterprises’ all-time wins total in the Cup Series, but when Hendrick Motorsports broke the record Sunday in the Coca-Cola 600, team owner Rick Hendrick was hoping the record would be broken at his home track.
“When the race started and it looked like we were going to be really strong and all of them running in the top 5,” Hendrick said to The Racing Experts.”
Kyle Larson’s victory was the eighth of his career, and second at Hendrick Motorsports. The win was the 269th for Hendrick Motorsports, breaking the record Petty Enterprises held for over 60 seasons.
For Hendrick Motorsports, their first win came at Martinsville Speedway in 1984 with Geoff Bodine.
“I’ll remember that I started about a mile from here in a little tin building and never thought I’d win a NASCAR race,” Hendrick said. “I didn’t think I belonged when I got to Daytona the first time when I looked at the Wood Brothers and Junior Johnson and Richard Petty, and I’m like, I don’t know what I’m doing here.”
“You know, I think about all those things, and I think about breaking this record, because again, it’s huge for our company to win 269 races.”