Hendrick Motorsports represents a group of Nascar teams that was started by Rick Hendrick in 1984 but under the name "All Star Racing". The team raced only with Chevrolet cars in the Nextel Cup and Busch Series circuits.
Drivers include Kyle Busch of the No. 5 Nascar Nextel Cup Kellogg’s Racing team, Jeff Gordon of the No. 24 Nascar Nextel Cup DuPont Team, Brian Vickers of the No. 25 Nascar Nextel Cup Gmac Racing team, Terry Labonte of the No. 44 Nascar Nextel Cup Kellogg’s Team, Jimmie Johnson of the No. 48 Nascar Nextel Cup Lowe’s Team and Nascar Busch Series driver Kyle Busch of the No. 5 Lowe’s entry.
Since its debut in the Nascar the team won six Cup Series Championships, three Craftsman Truck Series titles and one Busch Series crown. With these results Hendrick Motorsports represents one of the top 5 teams in the Nascar.
The No 48 car that belong to the Lowe Team began to race in 2001 when Jimmie Johnson signed with Hendrick Motorsports. Since the start of his career with Hendrick Motorsports, Jimmie Johnson has been sponsored by Lowe’s. The Lowe’s story began in North Carolina more than 59 years ago when H. Carl Buchan, part owner of the North Wilkesboro Hardware Company, envisioned creating a chain of hardware stores. At the time, Lowe’s was a typical, small town hardware store selling everything from overalls and snuff to wash tubs and work boots. Lowe’s even sold horse collars at its first store in downtown North Wilkesboro.
Johnson made his debut in the #48 Lowe’s Chevy but finished on the 39th position after he crashed in the 193rd lap. Everything culminated last year in November when Johnson stood on the roof of his Lowe’s Chevrolet lifting the 2006 NASCAR Nextel Cup trophy over his head.
Team Lowe’s No 48 car made its debut also in the Busch Series in 2004 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. They made a one-race deal with the sponsorship from SpongeBob SquarePants and looks like they did a good move due to the fact that Jimmie Johnson drove the No. 48 Chevy to a third place finish.