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Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 48-202: Always in Our Hearts

Jimmie Johnson drove Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 48-202 to earn four straight wins at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway in 2004 and 2005. The first car ever built for Johnson and the No. 48 Lowe’s team, Chassis 48-202 was tested five times before logging a third-place result in its Cup debut at Atlanta Motor Speedway in March 2002. Before it was retired in 2005, the Monte Carlo SS had finished in the top 10 an incredible 19 times in 24 races.   In all, Chassis 48-202 recorded six wins, one pole position and 14 top-five showings. In 2004 and 2005, it raced 13 times, finishing in the top 10 on 11 occasions, and posted an impressive seven-race streak of top-three performances.   Two of the most emotional victories in Hendrick Motorsports history came with Chassis 48-202. During the 2004 Chase for the Championship run, Johnson and the No. 48 Lowe’s team posted back-to-back wins at Atlanta and Darlington, S.C., carrying the “Always in Our Hearts” hood decal honoring those who were lost in the tragic Oct. 24, 2004, Hendrick Motorsports aircraft accident.

  • Team 48
  • Series Sprint Cup
  • Driver Jimmie Johnson
  • Crew Chief Chad Knaus

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