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5 Playoff Contender’s Winless Streaks



With his win last weekend in the Brickyard 400, Kasey Kahne ended a 102 race winless streak. Here are some other driver’s last wins, as they are desperately trying to make the Playoffs.

Kyle Busch-It has now been a full calendar year since Kyle Busch won a Cup Series race. His current losing streak of 36 races is a career high, dating back to the 2016 Brickyard 400. Even though he is 140 points above the cut line, Busch and the 18 team want to win in order to receive Playoff bonus points.

Dale Earnhardt Jr- NASCAR’s most popular driver has not had the final full-time season he envisioned. With only 4 top 10s this season, Jr is 22nd in points. His Playoff chances are likely a must-win scenario, he has not won in 39 races. His most recent win was at Phoenix in November 2015. However, Jr does have previous success at several of the upcoming races, so don’t count him out of the Playoffs yet.

Matt Kenseth-The elder statesman of Joe Gibbs Racing, the former champion has had a slow start to his season as well. Though a competitive fire has shown in Kenseth for the last 2 weeks, strategy has kept him out of victory lane. Like his teammate Busch, Kenseth has gone a full year without winning (37 races). His last win was at New Hampshire in 2016, and he is currently the last man in the Playoffs on points.

Jamie McMurray-Currently seeded 14th in the Playoffs, Kyle Larson’s teammate is having one of his statistically best seasons ever. 11 top 10s in 20 starts shows consistency not seen at Ganassi in several years. McMurray’s last win was 132 races ago at Talladega in October 2013, but expect him to be a strong contender at upcoming races such as Bristol.

Clint Bowyer-The man who took over Tony Stewart’s 14 car, Bowyer has had a season marred by inconsistencies. 20 races in, he has 8 top 10s including 3 second place finishes. Since Kahne won at the Brickyard, Bowyer got knocked out of the Playoffs. Bowyer’s Playoff chances are looking as if he has to win. Bowyer winning before the Playoffs is by no means impossible, but he has a challenge ahead of him. The only upcoming track where he has won is Richmond. Clint’s last win was a shocking 169 races ago at Charlotte in 2012. His winless streak is the second-longest of any active Cup driver (Paul Menard-216 races).

The next race for the Cup Series is this weekend’s Overton’s 400 from Pocono Raceway. Last year, this Pocono race ended early due to fog, giving Chris Buescher his first career win. So far, the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season has had plenty of unpredictability. 13 different drivers have won in 20 races. 6 races remain before the Playoffs, so the opportunity for 16 different winners is still possible.