2021 NASCAR Cup Series Champion and Hendrick Motorsports driver Kyle Larson drove the No. 17 Chevrolet at Road America in 2022 to a second-place finish behind Joe Gibbs Racing Ty Gibbs, ending a 13-year gap to NASCAR’s second-tier series.
In a press conference earlier this month before the Championship Race at Phoenix Raceway, team owner Rick Hendrick confirmed that the organization will be entering the Xfinity Series for the 2023 season.
When asked by reporters if he expects the organization to compete more in the Xfinity Series next season, Hendrick said:
“Some of it but not a lot of it because I’m involved with JRM, and that’s our focus there. But we like to do some road courses, and some of our guys want to run some ovals.”
“We won’t ever compete full time, just a handful of races. It’s been so much fun watching and getting those colors back. That’s kind of Ricky’s number and colors. That’s really something I’ve enjoyed, and we’ll be doing more of those.”
Hendrick Motorsports has yet to reveal which of its drivers will compete in the 2023 Xfinity season.
In the Xfinity Series, Rick Hendrick had two teams in the race. As the co-owner of JR Motorsports along with NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt Jr. He has a great interest in this series. It would be good for the sport if Cup drivers also raced in the Xfinity Series.
Hendrick Motorsports made four starts in the 2022 NASCAR Xfinity Series season
The last time Hendrick Motorsports competed in the NASCAR Xfinity Series was in 2009. This past season, the organization re-entered the series in four races. Kyle Larson drove the No. 17 Chevrolet twice while Alex Bowman and William Byron drove one each.
HMS failed to score the win, but Larson and Bowman had two second-place finishes at Road America and Indianapolis Motor Speedway, respectively.
Next year Hendrick Motorsports and its drivers will be seen in the Cup Series at the pre-season Busch Light Clash race at The Coliseum. The official season will begin at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, February 19, 2023.