Larson's Darlington win brings up a special milestone for Hendrick's engine department
Hendrick Motorsports celebrated a significant milestone with Kyle Larson’s victory at Darlington Raceway, which marked the engine department’s 500th win in the NASCAR national series. Randy Dorton, the visionary behind the department, played a crucial role in its success. Dorton joined Hendrick in the early 1980s after his company, Competition Engines, was acquired. He not only led the engine program but was involved in all aspects of the team and played a major role in selecting drivers. Unfortunately, Dorton lost his life in a plane crash in 2004, but his contributions to the sport and the company were enormous. The engine department’s dedication and hard work have helped Hendrick Motorsports achieve 309 victories across all three national series and a total of 500 wins when considering other teams supplied with Chevrolet engines. The team’s first win was in 1984, and milestones such as the 100th, 300th, and 400th victories have marked their journey. This achievement stands as a tribute to Randy Dorton’s legacy and his pioneering contributions to the industry.