Hendrick Motorsports chassis #24-422 is a Chevrolet Impala SS that was raced by Jeff Gordon three times during the 2007 and 2008 NASCAR seasons. It played a key role in one of the most iconic finishes in Hendrick Motorsports history in a side-by-side duel for the win with Jimmie Johnson at Martinsville in April of 2007.
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April 2007 Martinsville
Hendrick Motorsports chassis #24-422 was raced three times by 4-time NASCAR Cup Series Champion Jeff Gordon from 2007 through 2008. It’s first outing will be forever remembered as one of the marquee moments in Hendrick Motorsports history.
In just the second ever “Car of Tomorrow” race, Hendrick looked to go unbeaten in the new fifth-generation NASCAR stock car after Kyle Busch’s win in the inaugural “COT” race at Bristol in chassis #5-411 the previous week. This time the series was at an even shorter track in Martinsville, Virginia for the Goody’s Cool Orange 500. Having won a combined six of the previous eight Martinsville races, Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson were the favorites once again at “The Paperclip.” The final ten laps featured a barn-burning battle between the teammates, with Gordon hounding the rear of Johnson’s No. 48 – itching for a way past. Jeff played nice until the final corner where he finally gave Johnson a gratuitous shove and ducked to the inside, setting up a finish for the ages.
“They touch! Once! Twice! Drag race!” exclaimed Mike Joy from the FOX Sports booth. Gordon came up just half a car length short at the line in a battle of master and apprentice which No. 48 crew chief Chad Knaus said, “We’ve been waiting for it for five years, right there. That was awesome!”
Just over a month later, 422 was on track again – this time at another Virginia short track in Richmond. After leading a race high 114 laps, Gordon had the settle for fourth behind a victorious Johnson again.
After playing an important role in Jeff Gordon’s runner up 2007 season to champion Jimmie Johnson, chassis 422 was prepped for yet another different style of racing for the third event of 2008 at the 1.5 mile Las Vegas Motor Speedway. After qualifying fourth and leading 19 laps, Gordon was involved in an accident on the back stretch that ended his day just five laps short of the finish, placed 35th in the final running order.