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#5 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Team News

Kasey Kahne Foundation
Kasey Kahne Foundation

OFFICIAL TEAM/DRIVER LINKS
Hendrick Motorsports
Kasey Kahne
Kasey Kahne Foundation
Kasey Kahne Store

PRIMARY SPONSORS LINKS
Farmers Insurance (12 races)(2017/leaves)
Farmers Racing
Great Clips (10 races)(2017/leaves)
LiftMaster (3 races)(2017)
UniFirst (2 races in 16&17; 3 each year thru 2023)
Mountain Dew (1 race)(2018)
Rated Red (3 races)

ASSOCIATE SPONSORS LINKS
Valvoline
Team Valvoline

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS
Team Hendrick - Twitter
Hendrick Motorsports - Facebook
Hendrick Motorsports - YouTube
Kasey Kahne - Twitter
Kasey Kahne - Facebook
Kasey Kahne - Instagram
Farmers Insurance Racing - Twitter
Farmers Insurance Racing - Facebook
Farmers Insurance Racing - Instagram

STATISTICS
Kasey Kahne - ESPN
Kasey Kahne - RacingReference.info

MORE INFO
2017 #5 Paint Scheme page
2016 #5 Paint Scheme page
2015 #5 Paint Scheme page
Paint Scheme Gallery
Driver Appearances
Team Address/Contact


  • Farmers Insurance [12+1 races] is scheduled to be the primary sponsor at these 2017 races:
    Daytona, Can-Am Duels - 2/23
    Daytona - 2/26
    Atlanta - 3/5
    Auto Club 3/26
    Texas - 4/9
    Kansas - 5/13
    Pocono - 6/11
    Michigan - 6/18
    New Hampshire - 7/16
    Indianapolis - 7/23
    Dover - 10/1
    Talladega - 10/15
    Phoenix - 11/12

  • Great Clips [10 races] is scheduled to be the primary sponsor at these 2017 races:
    Phoenix - 3/19
    Martinsville - 4/2
    Bristol - 4/19
    Dover - 6/4
    Pocono - 7/30, Shark Week
    Darlington - 9/3
    Richmond - 9/9
    Chicago - 9/17, Strong Against Cancer
    Texas - 11/5
    Homestead - 11/19

  • LiftMaster [3 races] is scheduled to be the sponsor for these races in 2016:
    Las Vegas - 3/12
    Charlotte - 5/28
    Michigan - 8/13

  • UniFirst [2 races] is scheduled to be the primary sponsor for these 2017 races:
    Talladega - 5/7
    Daytona - 7/1

  • Mountain Dew [? races] is scheduled to be the primary sponsor for these 2017 races:
    Charlotte, All Star Race - 5/20
    Kentucky - 7/8

  • AARP [? races] is scheduled to be the primary sponsor for these 2017 races:
    Richmond - 4/30

  • Microsoft is scheduled to be the primary sponsor for these 2017 races:
    Sonoma - 6/25

    Rated Red [4 races] is scheduled to be the sponsor for these races in 2017:
    Watkins Glen - 8/6
    Bristol - 8/19
    New Hampshire - 9/24
    Charlotte - 10/8

  • No sponsor is scheduled yet to be the primary sponsor for these 2017 races:
    Kansas - 10/22
    Martinsville - 10/29

    Drivers who have won with the #5 at Hendrick Motorsports [1984-current]:
    Terry Labonte 12 (1996 champ)
    Geoff Bodine, 7
    Kasey Kahne, 6
    Martin Martin, 5
    Ricky Rudd, 4
    Kyle Busch, 4
    38 wins for the #5 under Hendrick Motorsports ownership and 7 by other drivers with different owners for 44 wins by the car #5.
    Wins by other drivers with other drivers running the #5.
    Cotton Owens, 3
    Neil Bonnett, 2
    Morgan Shepherd, 1
    Bobby Johns, 1
    (9-17-2017)

    Contact Status: Driver: 2018; Sponsors: Farmers 2017 and ends; LiftMaster 2017, Quicken Loans 2017, Great Clips, ends 2017 (10 races ), Panasonic 2017, Mountain Dew 2018, Drive to End Hunger 2017?; UniFirst 2023


    #5 Team / Driver News

    Kahne to drive for Leavine Family Racing in 2018: Leavine Family Racing (LFR) has announced that Kasey Kahne will pilot the #95 Chevrolet Camaro for the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) season. Kahne, who has driven for Hendrick Motorsports since 2012, has signed on to be LFR's primary driver for the 2018 season.[More](9-19-2017)

    Darian Grubb named crew chief of the #5 Chevy Hendrick Motorsports has named Darian Grubb crew chief of the #5 Chevrolet SS team and driver Kasey Kahne for the remaining nine playoff races of the 2017 NASCAR Cup Series season. He will be atop the pit box for Sunday's event at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Grubb replaces Keith Rodden, who was the team's crew chief for 99 races. Rodden remains under contract to Hendrick Motorsports through the end of the 2017 season and will be assigned other responsibilities. The team's crew chief for the 2018 season has not been determined.(Hendrick Motorsports)[Read More Here](9-18-2017)

    Leavine Family Racing considering a 2nd team; has talked to Kahne & Busch hearing Kasey Kahne could be heading #95 LFR w/alliance from Hendrick Motorsports. Current #95 driver, Michael McDowell could move to Front Row Motorsports in the #34 or their third team, since FRM holds three Charters #34, #38 and one that is being leased (Jayski)(8-28-2017)
    UPDATES: As he heads into Sunday's opening race of the 10-race playoffs, he's also trying to put together a plan for 2018. Kahne is apparently close to signing a deal with Leavine Family Racing to drive the #95 next season.(Associated Press)
    AND Leavine Family Racing owner Bob Leavine said his team has talked to drivers, including Kasey Kahne, about driving the #95 NASCAR Cup car next year.(ESPN)
    AND Leavine Family Racing owner Bob Leavine said Friday his organization is "50-50" on whether it will expand to a two-car team in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series next season. Leavine said has spoken with several drivers regarding next season, including Kasey Kahne, Kurt Busch and [current driver Michael] McDowell.(Motorsport)[Read More Here](9-16-2017)

    Transcript Kasey Kahne Playoffs Kasey Kahne met with members of the media at Playoff Media Day (Sept 13). as for 2018 rides: Kahne said "I don't really think the #10 is an option; AND "I think the #95 is still an option."; IndyCar in 2018? (Team Chevy)[Read Full Transcript here](9-14-2017)

    Kahne to run Great Clips Strong Against Cancer scheme at Chicago: This weekend at Chicagoland Speedway, Kasey Kahne will pilot the #5 Great Clips Strong Against Cancer Chevrolet SS. The longtime Hendrick Motorsports partner will also adorn the #5 machine at Texas and the season-ending finale at Homestead. Children from Seattle Children's Hospital's Strong Against Cancer initiative, in conjunction with Great Clips, had the opportunity to create a design for Kahne's car this weekend. The three finalists went before a fan vote, with 9-year-old Wyatt, from Washington, receiving the most votes. Wyatt was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma in October 2016 after he woke up one morning with an egg-sized lump on his neck. Wyatt, his parents and siblings will all be attending this weekend's event courtesy of Great Clips.(Hendrick Motorsports)[Read More Here](9-13-2017)

    Liberty University sponsoring Byron for 12 races: Liberty University and 12-time NASCAR Cup Series champions Hendrick Motorsports have reached a two-year agreement that will make the world's largest Christian university a primary sponsor of the #24 Chevrolet Camaro driven by William Byron. Byron, 19, will carry primary sponsorship from Liberty University in 12 Cup Series races in both 2018 and 2019.[More](8-30-2017)

    Chase Elliott to drive the #9 in 2018; William Byron in the #24: In 2018, 12-time NASCAR Cup Series champions Hendrick Motorsports will introduce the #9 NAPA AUTO PARTS Chevrolet Camaro to its four-car team with Elliott in the driver's seat. The Dawsonville, Georgia, native raced the #9 to the 2014 NASCAR Xfinity Series title, and his Hall of Fame father Bill Elliott memorably drove it to 38 Cup-level wins and the 1988 series championship. When Byron starts his first career Daytona 500 next year, it will be in the iconic #24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet made famous by four-time Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon and his storied Rainbow Warriors team. Byron will begin his 2018 rookie season at the same age Gordon was (20) when he made his Cup debut in 1992.[More](8-29-2017)

    Furniture Row president: 'Really good drivers' interested in #77 ride The continued impressive performance of Erik Jones has done more than help solidify Furniture Row Racing as a potential powerhouse in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. It also has elevated interest in the #77 Toyota for 2018. "There have been some really good drivers that are looking around and that have inquired about the car because I think it is obvious the performance of the car is something any driver would like to be in right now," Joe Garone, president of Furniture Row Racing, told NASCAR.com. "It hasn't shocked me; it's a compliment to the team some of the drivers that have talked to us." The potential for an open seat exists because Jones, 21, is headed to Joe Gibbs Racing in 2018 to take over the #20 Toyota currently driven by veteran Matt Kenseth.
    Garone didn't name names, but it's likely both Kenseth and Kasey Kahne are among those who have expressed interest in the ride since neither will be back with their respective teams next season. While Kenseth is being replaced by Jones, Kahne is being released with one year remaining on his contract with Hendrick Motorsports as that organization puts William Byron in its #5 Chevrolet in '18. "It's 100 percent relying on sponsorship," Garone said on whether the organization will field the #77 next year. "We certainly never got into this to run just one year. A set of circumstances presented itself that we're having to deal with. It's late in the year and we've known for a little bit that we were possibly going to be facing having to find another sponsor."(NASCAR.com)[Read More Here](8-28-2017)

    Hendrick Motorsports announces several team promotions: Hendrick Motorsports has elevated eight senior leaders into new positions designed to strengthen the 12-time and defending NASCAR Cup Series champions and enhance the team's overall management structure. The eight executives, who will assume their new roles immediately, have more than 150 combined years of service with the organization.[More](8-15-2017)

    Kahne talks about 2018: Kasey Kahne met with members of the media at Michigan International Speedway and discussed his reaction to the announcement that he will not return to the #5 Chevy for Hendrick Motorsports in 2018, his thoughts on where he might race next season, and other topics.[More](8-11-2017)

    Hendrick, Byron press conference transcript: William Byron and Rick Hendrick met with the media Wednesday to discuss the announcement that Byron will be piloting the #5 Chevrolet in 2018 for Hendrick Motorsports.[More](8-9-2017)

    William Byron to compete in the NASCAR Cup Series for Hendrick Motorsports beginning in 2018: Record-breaking teenager William Byron will drive for 12-time NASCAR Cup Series champions Hendrick Motorsports beginning next season. He will debut at stock car racing's highest level in the 2018 Daytona 500 and compete for rookie of the year honors. Byron's No. 5 Chevrolet team will feature sponsorship from Axalta Coating Systems and Liberty University, which currently support the 19-year-old driver in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Beginning in 2018, the two primary sponsors will cover the majority of Byron's Cup races annually. Additional details of the multi-year partnerships will be announced at a later date.[More](8-9-2017)

    Kahne released from Hendrick Motorsports: Hendrick Motorsports and Kasey Kahne will end their six-year run together following the 2017 NASCAR Cup Series season. The driver has been released from the final year of his contract, allowing him to immediately pursue opportunities for 2018.[More](8-7-2017)

    Rated Red debuts on Kahne's #5 at Watkins Glen: This weekend at Watkins Glen, Kasey Kahne will pilot the #5 Rated Red Chevrolet SS. The Rated Red paint scheme will also adorn the #5 Chevrolet SS at Bristol Motor Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway. The Hendrick Motorsports docuseries "Road to Race Day" can be seen on Complex Networks' Rated Red available on go90.[More](8-1-2017)

    Kasey Kahne snatches improbable victory at the Brickyard: In semi-darkness, as the sun set behind the frontstretch grandstand at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Kasey Kahne did all he could to dispel the shadow overhanging his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season and his racing career. With a phenomenal restart in the second overtime of Sunday's Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400, Kahne cleared race leader Brad Keselowski through the first two corners and crossed the overtime line on the backstretch before NASCAR called the record 14th caution of the race.[More](7-23-2017)

    Kasey Kahne won the Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for his 1st win of 2017, 1st win at Indianapolis, and 18th career win. It is his first win since Atlanta in August of 2014.
    #2-Keselowski finished 2nd then #31-Newman, #22-Logano, #20-Kenseth, #4-Harvick, #19-Suarez, #32-DiBenedetto, #37-Buescher, and #47-Allmendinger.
    The race ended under caution during the second attempt at overtime and with it getting darker at the track. There was a wreck on the backstretch, but the leader had already passed the overtime line when the caution came out.
    Kahne got into position for the win by pitting with 11 laps to go, only to have a caution with 10 laps remaining. When most other drivers pitted, he took the lead. Keselowski lead on the final restart, but Kahne passed him in turn one.
    Pole sitter, #18-Busch dominated the first half of the race, winning both stage 1 and stage 2 and leading 87 laps. However with 50 laps to go, Truex got loose on a restart and slid up into Busch, sending them both into the wall. Busch finished 34th, while Truex finished 33rd.
    #78-Truex Jr. driver points lead increases to 48 points over #42-Larson.
    There were 10 lead changes among 7 drivers and a record 14 cautions for 55 yellow flag laps.
    Thee race was red flagged for 1 hour, 47 minutes on lap 13 because of rain and again on laps 190 and 163 for track cleanup after accidents.
    The average speed of the race was: 114.384mph.
    See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more at:
    Unofficial Race Results (pdf)
    Cumulative Report (pdf)
    Penalty Report (pdf)
    Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf)
    Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf)

    Kahne's Shark Week scheme surfaces: Later this month, Kasey Kahne is once again set to pilot a paint scheme that packs quite a bite. Great Clips has teamed up with Discovery to create a brand-new Shark Week-inspired ride for the #5 team. Kahne will drive the #5 Great Clips/Shark Week Chevrolet SS July 30 at Pocono Raceway.(Hendrick Motorsports)(7-18-2017)

    JRM Licensing Announces Partnership with CounterFind: JRM Licensing, LLC, which manages the licensed merchandise programs for all the Hendrick Motorsports and JR Motorsports teams and drivers, announced today a partnership with CounterFind, a company specializing in eliminating counterfeit merchandise in the social commerce space. The partnership is the first of its kind for JRM Licensing.
    "We have seen a big uptick in the amount of counterfeit merchandise advertised on the various social media platforms," said Joe Mattes, vice president of JRM Licensing. "We're confident this new partnership with CounterFind will assist in reining in the counterfeiters. We want to proactively police the marketplace to protect our clients' brands and trademarks. NASCAR has one of the best fanbases in all of sports, and it's our responsibility to ensure that fans are purchasing authentic, quality merchandise manufactured by officially licensed vendors." Founded by former NFL player Darren Woodson, CounterFind is a turnkey technology used by some of the world's leading sports and entertainment brands to combat counterfeit goods in social commerce. CounterFind's software combines image recognition with human intelligence to detect and report all ads marketing counterfeit merchandise on Facebook and Instagram in real time. "CounterFind is solving the problems that broad internet protection companies can't figure out," said Woodson, CounterFind Founder. "If someone launches an ad on Facebook marketing a counterfeit product for Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson, or Chase Elliott, we will find it and have it removed in less than 24 hours."(JRM Licensing)(6-28-2017)

    Original docuseries following Hendrick Motorsports to debut in July Complex Networks, Film 45, Markay Media, and NASCAR champions Hendrick Motorsports have teamed up on an original eight-part documentary series that journeys deep inside the teamwork, sophistication and heart that makes stock car racing an American institution. Road to Race Day goes behind the scenes with Hendrick Motorsports during the 2016 season, delivering unprecedented access to witness the passion, determination, and talent that propels its superstar drivers - Kasey Kahne, Chase Elliott, Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. - and crew to be the winningest team in professional stock car racing. Directed by Cynthia Hill (A Chef's Life, Private Violence) and executive produced by Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights, Patriots Day), Road to Race Day premieres on Complex Networks' Rated Red available on go90 on Wednesday, July 19.(Hendrick Motorsports)[Red More Here](6-22-2017)

    Microsoft to sponsor Kahne at Sonoma This weekend at Sonoma Raceway, Kasey Kahne will pilot the #5 Windows 10 Chevrolet SS. The northern California track marks the first time the major technology partner of Hendrick Motorsports has adorned the #5 Chevrolet SS.(Hendrick Motorsports)[Read More Here](6-21-2017)

    Kahne's Darlington scheme a throwback to Geoff Bodine: Kasey Kahne is going old school for this year's Southern 500. At Darlington Raceway on Sunday, Sept. 3, Kahne will drive a Great Clips paint scheme inspired by the very first Hendrick Motorsports driver, Geoff Bodine. The design is modeled after the Bodine's No. 5 Levi Garrett car, which debuted in 1985. It was chosen with input from Kahne and No. 5 team crew chief Keith Rodden.[More](6-15-2017)

    Hendrick Motorsports GM Doug Duchardt leaving Hendrick Motorsports executive vice president and general manager Doug Duchardt will leave the organization later this summer. He will remain in his role through the end of June. Duchardt, 53, came to Hendrick Motorsports in January 2005 as vice president of development, a position in which he oversaw race car design, engineering and production. In July 2013, he was elevated to the newly created role of general manager, directing all racing operations for the team. Duchardt's responsibilities will be assigned to multiple team members, including Hendrick Motorsports president Marshall Carlson, chief financial officer Scott Lampe and vice president of competition Ken Howes. The organization does not plan to fill the general manager role.(Hendrick Motorsports)[Read More Here](6-6-2017)

    Great Clips makes 2017 #5 sponsor debut at Phoenix Kasey Kahne will pilot the #5 Great Clips Chevy this weekend at Phoenix International Raceway. The event marks the first of 10 races in which the longtime Hendrick Motorsports partner will adorn the #5 car as its primary sponsor this season.(Hendrick Motorsports)[More](3-17-2017)

    Hendrick Motorsports goes for third straight Atlanta win Georgia has been "peachy" to Hendrick Motorsports in recent memory. The four-car outfit owned by Rick Hendrick has won the last three races at Atlanta Motor Speedway behind the efforts of #5-Kasey Kahne (2014) and #48-Jimmie Johnson (2015-16). On Sunday, Hendrick Motorsports will go for its fourth consecutive win at the 1.54-mile track as it travels to AMS with Kahne, Johnson, Georgia native #24-Chase Elliott and #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 (NASCAR Wire Service)[More](3-3-2017)

    Hendrick cars running Monster logos when required UPDATE: Car owner Rick Hendrick gave a short response to a question Friday about his cars not always displaying logos of Cup series sponsor Monster Energy when they are away from the track.

    UPDATE: Monster Energy doesn't have a problem with Hendrick Motorpsorts taking steps to avoid using the Monster logo when its cars or drivers are not in the garage. [More](2-28-2017)

    Forbes ranks NASCAR's most valuable teams: A dozen years ago, few leagues could match the popularity of NASCAR, which boasted record-high viewership and was going toe-to-toe with the NFL. But then few leagues suffered worse during the economic crash.[More](2-23-2017)

    Earnhardt, Jr., Kahne to run two NXS races each: Continuing a tradition of running his own JR Motorsports Chevy each season, Dale Earnhardt Jr. is scheduled to make a pair of starts in the #88 Chevy Camaro this season in races at Bristol in August and Richmond in September. Long-time JRM driver Kasey Kahne will drive the car at Daytona in February and Talladega in May. Scott Radel, director of engineering at JRM, has been tabbed to crew chief all four races. Radel has been a JRM engineer since 2013, and previously worked for Hendrick Motorsports. He won championships with JRM in 2014 and with two other teams as an engineer. Radel brings 20-plus years of experience in calling races. The #88 "All Star car" has been a full-time car the past two seasons, but with JRM's expansion to four full-time teams and the addition of new drivers William Byron and Michael Annett, it will be a fifth JRM entry in the four races named.(JR Motorsports)(1-13-2017)

    Kahne named one of best interviews of 2016: At least those were the takeaways for Jeff Haden, a contributing editor for Inc. who named Kahne one of the best interviews he undertook in 2016. Haden then included some tidbits of advice from Kahne in an article published Friday that was entitled, "11 Ways to Achieve Incredible Success: TheBest Interviews of 2016." See more at FoxSports and at Inc.(12-24-2016)

    Kahne runs the most laps in 2016 but leads none: There was 10,523 laps run this year in the NASCAR Premier (Cup) Series. #5-Kasey Kahne led every driver by completing 10,355 laps in 36 points races - and he didn't lead a single one of them! Not one lap led all year long. Next up was #41-Kurt Busch who ran 10,348 laps and set a NASCAR record by completing every single lap in the first 22 races of the season. Busch completed more laps than any other Chase driver this season. #2-Brad Keselowski had the third most laps run at 10,337 followed by #10-Danica Patrick at 10,326 (but no top-ten finishes) and #19-Carl Edwards at 10,303. The 2016 Champion, #48-Jimmie Johnson, was not in the top-ten of laps run (FoxSports)(11-30-2016)

    Liberty University partners with Hendrick Automotive Group on dealership management class: In the spring, Liberty University will pilot its first course in automotive dealership management, thanks to a partnership with Hendrick Automotive Group, the nation's largest privately held automotive retail organization. Liberty plans to offer a full specialization next fall, under its Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Dan DeHass, executive general manager for Mall of Georgia Mazda, Mall of Georgia MINI and Rick Hendrick Buick GMC, said there is a "giant void" for educating students in automotive dealership management and that most college students may not realize the "unbelievable opportunities within the industry." Only two other colleges in the nation have these programs, even though the U.S. has the second-largest automotive industry in the world (behind China). Students will be trained in managing a dealership as well as how to adapt to technology in an ever-changing marketplace. "The purpose is building future owners of dealerships," Hicks said. "If we can get students to think like owners and to learn the business that well, they are going to make phenomenal employees and, potentially, owners." Hendrick Automotive Group is working with Liberty to develop the curriculum, and some of its employees will contribute to course instruction, including prerecorded and live videos. The North Carolina-based automotive company has an extensive training program in place, which will be incorporated into expanding Liberty's curriculum.(Liberty University)(11-28-2016)

    Farmers to end sponsorship of #5 Hendrick team after 2017: Farmers Insurance and Hendrick Motorsports have both confirmed that the L.A.-based insurer will not renew its primary sponsorship of the NASCAR team's #5 Sprint Cup Chevy after its deal expires following the 2017 season. Farmers originally came aboard with HMS' #5 driven by Kasey Kahne in 2011 for 22 races in a deal that sources valued between $10-15M annually. Farmers, which is represented in motorsports by Just Marketing Int'l, eventually extended its deal in 2014 through the 2017 season, while reducing to 12 primary race sponsorships and serving as an associate sponsor for all other races. The deal with HMS represents Farmers' only play in NASCAR, and sources were not sure if the brand had plans to redirect resources in the sport or if the move indicated a total exit from NASCAR.(Sports Business Daily)(10-27-2016)

    Hendrick announces new sponsor for Kahne and HMS: UniFirst and 11-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champions Hendrick Motorsports have reached an eight-year agreement that will make the workwear and textile service company a primary sponsor of the #5 Chevy driven by Kasey Kahne. The contract runs through the year 2023. As the new Official Workwear Provider of Hendrick Motorsports, UniFirst will be a two-race primary sponsor in both 2016 and 2017, with the relationship increasing to three primary races annually from 2018-2023. In addition, UniFirst will be a full-season associate sponsor of the #5 team. UniFirst will make its Sprint Cup Series primary sponsorship debut later this season with back-to-back races Oct. 23 at Talladega and Oct. 30 at Martinsville.
    "UniFirst is excited to be a primary sponsor of Kasey and Hendrick Motorsports," said Adam Soreff, director of marketing and communications for UniFirst. "This partnership is a great opportunity for our company because Hendrick Motorsports is one of the premier -- and most highly respected -- teams in professional auto racing. UniFirst's broad customer base, which includes 300,000 business locations across North America, employs thousands of enthusiastic NASCAR fans, so this relationship is a natural fit. We're extremely proud to have the UniFirst brand represented in such a dynamic atmosphere."
    UniFirst is one of North America's largest workwear and textile service companies, providing managed uniform, protective clothing, custom corporate image apparel, and ancillary facility services programs to businesses in virtually all industries. As part of the new relationship, UniFirst will supply work clothing and uniforms to Hendrick Motorsports and sister company Hendrick Automotive Group, which is the largest privately held retail automotive organization in the United States.
    "When a sponsor feels strongly enough to commit for eight years, it sends a clear message," said Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports. "There's tremendous excitement about the opportunities our team and our sport present for UniFirst. They have a reputation for world-class service, the highest quality products and services, and having incredible people. We share a similar mindset and culture, and we're looking forward to working together across our entire organization."
    Since joining Hendrick Motorsports in 2012, Kahne, 36, has earned three Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup berths and five race wins with the #5 team. The Enumclaw, Washington, native has 17 career victories, 27 pole positions and 166 top-10 finishes in NASCAR's top division. "UniFirst will be a great addition to our partners at Hendrick Motorsports," Kahne said. "They're a reliable company that we've worked with at Kasey Kahne Racing for a long time, so I was happy to hear they are coming on board. I'm looking forward to having them as part of the No. 5 team and working with them in the years to come."(HMS), see image of the scheme on the #5 Team Schemes page (10-6-2016)

    Great Clips renews sponsorship with Hendrick: Great Clips Inc. will continue its sponsorship of Hendrick Motorsports and the #5 Chevrolet SS team of driver Kasey Kahne in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with a contract extension through 2018. The two-year agreement covers the 2017 and 2018 seasons and secures primary sponsorship of the #5 Chevrolet SS for 10 events annually. Great Clips, which joined Hendrick Motorsports as a partner in 2012, also will be a major associate sponsor of the No. 5 team each year. The world's largest salon brand, Great Clips became a first-time Sprint Cup primary sponsor with three races in 2013. The program grew to 10 primary races annually in 2014. Since joining Hendrick Motorsports in 2012, Kahne, 36, has earned three Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup berths and five race wins with the #5 team. The Enumclaw, Washington, native has 17 career victories, 27 pole positions and 165 top-10 finishes in NASCAR's top division.(Hendrick Motorsports)(9-20-2016)

    Kahne says rumors not distracting: Having his name become grist for the NASCAR rumor mill isn't taking a toll on #5-Kasey Kahne. The Hendrick Motorsports driver was linked to a report about the future of Kevin Harvick that was debunked Thursday when Harvick signed a long-term extension with Stewart-Haas Racing. Harvick said Friday he had told Kahne two months ago that he hadn't been contacted by anyone at Hendrick. Kahne said he had gotten acclimated to the speculation. "Those rumors have been out for a while now," he said. "It hasn't been distracting to me. I've been kind of fine with it because I know where I'm at. I know I have a deal through 2018. So it is what it is. People can come up with different ways to have a story, I guess. I think it was a story, and it probably worked out well for Harvick to have that going on once in a while."(NBC Sports)(5-23-2016)

    Drive to End Hunger joins Kahne: AARP Foundation's Drive to End Hunger campaign will continue its relationship with 11-time Sprint Cup Series champions Hendrick Motorsports with a one-year contract extension. In 2016, the groundbreaking cause awareness effort will become a primary sponsor of the #5 Chevrolet SS team of driver Kasey Kahne. For its sixth season in NASCAR, Drive to End Hunger will be primary sponsor of the #5 Chevrolet SS in two Sprint Cup races -- Aug. 20 at Bristol Motor Speedway and Nov. 6 at Texas Motor Speedway -- and featured as an associate sponsor of the team in all other events. Unprecedented for a social cause, Drive to End Hunger was launched by AARP and AARP Foundation in 2011 via a primary sponsorship of Hendrick Motorsports and four-time NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon. Utilizing education, engagement and collaboration, it has donated more than 34 million meals. The No. 5 Drive to End Hunger Chevy will feature a new paint scheme for the 2016 season. The design uses a black background with candy apple red and white accents, highlighted by a sleek matte finish. The hood will showcase a larger Drive to End Hunger "Forked D" logo.(Hendrick Motorsports), see an image of the car on the #5 team paint schemes page.(4-20-2016)

    Bosch renews Hendrick partnership: Bosch Automotive Aftermarket North America has announced a multi-year renewal of its technical partnership with 11-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champions Hendrick Motorsports. Dating back to 2001 with an agreement to supply spark plugs to the racing powerhouse, the scope of the relationship has since expanded to include alternators, starters, oxygen sensors, fuel injectors and fuel pumps. Entering its 16th season, this partnership has yielded seven Sprint Cup Series championships and a wealth of knowledge and insights. Hendrick Motorsports engine builders have worked closely with Bosch engineers over the years to develop some of the most powerful vehicles on the track.(Hendrick Motorsports)(3-1-2016)

    WIX Filters joins Hendrick as technical partner: WIX Filters has joined Hendrick Motorsports as a key technical partner with an agreement that will supply innovative filtration products and provide critical development support to the 11-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champions through 2019. With a four-year pact, WIX's air and oil filters will be used in competition by the four Sprint Cup Series teams of Hendrick Motorsports with drivers Kasey Kahne, Chase Elliott, Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Its logo will be featured on team equipment, transporters and underneath the hood of Hendrick Motorsports' Chevrolet SS race cars. "Since the early 1960s when Richard Petty began using our filters, generations of motor sports champions have driven to victory lane with WIX," said Jennifer Gibson, brand manager for WIX Filters. "Adding a team like Hendrick Motorsports only further positions us as the number-one filter in motor sports, and we couldn't be more excited to see what that means on the track this season."(Hendrick Motorsports)(1-19-2016)

    Mountain Dew sponsoring Earnhardt, Kahne, Elliott: Fans will be seeing a lot more Mountain Dew at the racetrack starting this season. Thanks to a three-year extension of PepsiCo's longstanding partnership with 11-time Sprint Cup Series champions Hendrick Motorsports, Mountain Dew is continuing as a primary sponsor of #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. and welcoming drivers #5-Kasey Kahne and #24-Chase Elliott to its lineup beginning in 2016. The next phase of PepsiCo's racing program comes after 15 seasons of partnership with Hendrick Motorsports, including eight years of Earnhardt paired with Mountain Dew. In an unprecedented move, 2016 marks the first time the DEW brand will field a three-driver lineup. Mountain Dew will be primary sponsor of Earnhardt's #88 Chevrolet SS team for three races each season through 2018. Alongside him will be Elliott, whose #24 team will feature Mountain Dew as primary sponsor in two races annually. Kahne's #5 Chevy will have Mountain Dew as a primary sponsor in one race per year. All three teams will also showcase DEW as an associate-level sponsor. More details about the partnership and the 2016 race schedule will be shared in the coming weeks.(Hendrick Motorsports)(1-16-2016)

    Quicken Loans to Join Hendrick Motorsports, Kasey Kahne in 2016 Detroit-based Quicken Loans, the nation's second largest retail mortgage lender, announced it will partner with Hendrick Motorsports in 2016, serving as a three-race primary sponsor of the #5 Quicken Loans Chevrolet SS driven by Kasey Kahne in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The company will be an associate sponsor for all remaining races. One of Quicken Loans' primary sponsorship races will include a joint promotion with Hendrick Automotive Group, the largest privately held operator of auto dealerships in the United States. Since joining Hendrick Motorsports in 2012, Kahne, 35, has seen significant success - earning three berths in NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup. The Enumclaw, Washington, native boasts 17 career wins and 156 top-10 finishes in NASCAR's top division. Quicken Loans' move to Hendrick Motorsports comes after serving as a primary sponsor of the #31 Chevrolet and driver Ryan Newman for two seasons at Richard Childress Racing, as well as the two years prior at Stewart-Haas Racing. Quicken Loans ranked "Highest in Customer Satisfaction for Primary Mortgage Origination" in the United States by J.D. Power for the past six consecutive years (2010 - 2015) and highest in customer satisfaction among all mortgage servicers in 2014 and 2015.(Hendrick Motorsports)(12-1-2015)

    Hendrick Motorsports and Freightliner Trucks extend deal: Freightliner Trucks has announced a five-year contract extension with 11-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champions Hendrick Motorsports. In addition, the company announced a new five-year contract with defending NASCAR XFINITY Series champions JR Motorsports. Both racing teams now have agreements with Freightliner through the 2020 NASCAR season. With the Hendrick Motorsports partnership renewal, the team's over-the-road drivers will continue to stay behind the wheel of their custom Freightliner trucks to carry race cars, supplies and equipment to Sprint Cup events across the United States.(HMS)(11-14-2015)

    LiftMaster to sponsor Kahne: LiftMaster, the number-one brand of professionally installed residential garage door openers, will join 11-time Sprint Cup Series champions Hendrick Motorsports beginning with the 2015 NASCAR season when it will become a primary sponsor of driver Kasey Kahne and his #5 Chevy SS team. The new relationship will feature LiftMaster, which is headquartered in Elmhurst, Illinois, as a primary sponsor in three Sprint Cup races annually and as an associate-level partner in all other events. The agreement covers the 2015, 2016 and 2017 NASCAR seasons. In 2015, the #5 LiftMaster Chevy SS will appear in Sprint Cup Series races May 24 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, July 11 at Kentucky Speedway and Oct. 18 at Kansas Speedway.(Hendrick Motorsports), see an image of the car on the #5 team paint schemes page.(11-20-2014)

    Kahne signs 3 year extension with Hendrick: Hendrick Motorsports and Kasey Kahne have agreed to a three-year contract extension that will keep the driver with the #5 Chevy SS team through the end of the 2018 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.
    "It's extremely gratifying to work with a driver like Kasey," said Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports. "I think the world of him both as a driver with championship-level talent and an overall terrific young man. Our whole organization has a great deal of respect for how hard he works, the professionalism he displays with our partners and the way he carries himself every day. We're committed to winning races and competing for titles with him for many years to come."
    Kahne, 34, originally signed with Hendrick Motorsports in April 2010 and officially joined the team's four-car stable for the 2012 season. Over the past three years (2012-14), he ranks among the top-10 drivers in Sprint Cup wins (5), pole positions (4), top-five finishes (26) and laps led (1,177). The Enumclaw, Washington, native has 17 career wins in NASCAR's top division.
    "I've found a home at Hendrick Motorsports," said Kahne, who since 2012 has earned at least one victory each season while securing three consecutive Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup berths. "We have incredible people and partners supporting us, and I couldn't be more excited about the direction we're headed as a team and a company. It's the right place for me, and I'm looking forward to being here for a long time." Kahne's contract with Hendrick Motorsports was set to expire following the 2015 NASCAR season.(Hendrick Motorsports)(11-20-2014)


    Martin holds record for wins in a season for the #5 car: Mark Martin made 2009 the most successful season ever [in term of wins] for the #5 car in terms of wins, Martin won five races in 2009, the most ever by the #5 car. The car #5 has won a total of 39 races in 1277 starts. Below are the top four seasons for wins by the #5 car.
    Year, Driver, Wins
    2009, Mark Martin, 5
    1995, Terry Labonte, 3
    1994, Terry Labonte, 3
    1984, Geoff Bodine. 3
    Most Wins in car #5: Terry Labonte with 12
    BUT Terry Labonte won the 1996 Sprint Cup Championship running the #5 car, winning 2 races.(ESPN and Racing Reference)(11-27-2009)

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