Hendrick comes up short, again

Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet, looks on from his car during practice for the NASACAR Sprint Cup Series 400 at Kansas Speedway on April 20, 2012 in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet, looks on from his car during practice for the NASACAR Sprint Cup Series 400 at Kansas Speedway on April 20, 2012 in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

So far this season, Hendrick Motorsports has been waiting on its next win. When it comes it will be the 200th for the storied NASCAR powerhouse. Prior to Sunday it had been 13 races since they had won; the second longest losing streak in the team’s history.  It looked like it would happen in Martinsville, then the week after in Texas Jimmie Johnson finished second, oh so close to that all-elusive win.

It seemed like the ship could be righted in Kansas. After all while it had been 13 races; the last time they won was in Kansas in the fall last season when Jimmie Johnson went to victory lane.  And Hendrick Motorsports also has more wins at Kansas than any other NASCAR team.  Surely Kansas would break the drought. After traveling to every race since last fall hoping for that win, team owner Rick Hendrick hoped he could finally celebrate along with his employees a major milestone in NASCAR history.

It wasn’t to be however as the team came up short, yet again in Sunday’s STP 400.

Johnson seemed to have the best chance among the four Hendrick Motorsports Chevys. After starting 15th, Johnson soon raced his way forward and by lap 69 was contending for the lead. Not long after he dropped back but was still running in the top five with teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. close behind. MORE>>>

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