The 2023 NASCAR Cup Series season was a year of highs and lows for Hendrick Motorsports. Two of their racers, Kyle Larson and William Byron, proved to be among the top drivers of the season.
They concluded the year with a runner-up and third-place in the championship, even though the outcome of the final race was not entirely satisfactory.
Chase Elliott and Alex Bowman were having a difficult time. In total, they missed 11 races due to injury, and were not able to get a single victory or make the playoffs.
Both of the drivers could not keep up with their teammate in terms of performance, even though they had similarly equipped cars, after returning from their injury.
Jeff Gordon, the HMS Vice-Chairman and four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion, expressed his dissatisfaction with their performance in 2023. He noted that the Elliott-Bowman cars weren’t as quick as they had hoped. Even so, the HMS legend stated that the team is determined to improve next year in light of the lackluster performance.
Gordon declared to HendrickMotorsports.com that despite their best efforts, they had still come up short, which was a bit disappointing.
He added that Hendrick Motorsports usually excels in these kinds of opportunities but they simply weren’t fast enough. He concluded that they will use the experience to be highly motivated for 2024.
Jeff Gordon was ecstatic that Kyle Larson and Willaim Byron were present at the final race.
At the end of the season, Byron and Larson had earned their right to the championship title.
Had it not been for the remarkable comeback Ryan Blaney made during the final five races, one of the HMS drivers would have been crowned the victor.