Hendrick Engines At Center Of Powerful Debate
Hendrick power has other teams and drivers concerned. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Harold Hinson)
By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
HAMPTON, Ga. – Add Brian Vickers’ name to the growing list of NASCAR drivers willing to go on the record and admit that, when it comes to horsepower, engines built by Hendrick Motorsports are the class of the field.
When Ryan Newman got into a heated argument with Jimmie Johnson two weeks ago at Michigan, Newman noted the discussion that his ECR Chevrolet engine couldn’t maintain the same pace of Johnson’s Hendrick-powered Chevrolet.
Fellow Cup drivers Jamie McMurray and Denny Hamlin, among others have made the same argument recently.
Vickers, who drives Michael Waltrip Racing Toyotas with engines built by TRD in California, was singing from the same verse on Friday at Atlanta Motor Speedway when asked about the Hendrick horsepower juggernaut.
“It’s definitely, like some of those guys have said, they’re strong right now and it’s tough,” Vickers said. “Hopefully, one day we’ll be on the other side of that cycle and they’ll be chasing us.
“But, right now for whatever reason they definitely have everyone beat in the engine department.”
Roush Fenway Racing Ford driver Greg Biffle also jumped on the “tell it like it is” bandwagon on Friday when Read the full story »