If NASCAR was a high school Hendrick Motorsports would be the cool, popular group and everyone else would want to be just like them.

You have the most popular driver in the sport in Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Then you have the veteran in Mark Martin .Jeff Gordon, the young, wide eyed teenager, who has become a garage elder. Jimmie Johnson, he is the superstar, the guy everyone wants to be and beat.

There is no team in NASCAR stocked with this type of star power. On Wednesday, this super star team added yet another star. Kasey Kahne will be driving the No.5 car starting in 2012 and will not return to Richard Petty Motorsports in 2011. .

In a Wednesday teleconference, owner Rick Hendrick announced that Mark Martin would not be running full time schedule after 2011.

Now the already cool kids are even cooler with the fresh faced 30 year old driver. His fans consists majority of young females. For HMS, this move was a decisive move toward the future with an aging roster.

He is young, marketable and a proven winner. When given strong equipment, we have seen him showcase just why Ray Evernham hired him in the first place.

Kahne has full faith in Hendrick that he will line up a ride for him in 2011, in Martin’s final year. Kahne knows in the long run, the unknown right now, will develop into a brighter future.

It’s not hard to see why Kahne is willing to wait a year before getting in the No. 5. HMS as a whole are proven winners, with nine NASCAR Sprint Cup series championships, including the last four.

Take last weekend’s race at Phoenix International Raceway, they finished second, third, fourth and 12th. That is not including the fact that race winner, Ryan Newman, who drives for Stewart Haas Racing also receives technical support from HMS.

The organization as whole is one big family. All the information for all four teams is shared both back at the shop and at the race track. The crew chiefs all exchange data all weekend long.

HMS is the team to beat and like Earnhardt said a few years back at Martinsville in 2007, “I am tired of getting beat by Hendrick Motorsports.” That very season he signed a multiyear deal with the organization.

This signing puts a lot of pressure on other organizations. While the gap in 2010 is not as large as it was in years past, HMS has won four of the first seven races. They were already struggling to keep up, adding Kahne only fortifies this team in the future.

The future is looking brighter and brighter for the most popular organization in NASCAR.