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NASCAR’s longest energetic winless streaks

The pressure to win in NASCAR is possibly greater than it has ever been. A win automatically locks a driver into the playoffs, making them one of 16 with a shot at the championship. Looking through the field of full-time drivers, six have gone at least 50 races since their most recent trip to Victory

NASCAR’s longest energetic winless streaks

The strain to win in NASCAR is probably better than it has ever been. A win robotically locks a driver into the playoffs, making them one in every of 16 with a shot on the championship.

Trying by means of the sector of full-time drivers, six have gone a minimum of 50 races since their most up-to-date journey to Victory Lane. Let’s check out this group and see who has the most effective likelihood to finish their dry-spell subsequent season.

Justin Haley – 105 races

The longest energetic winless streak. Haley’s victory at Daytona in July, 2019 was all about being in the proper place on the proper time. Making simply his third profession Cup begin, he stayed out whereas others pitted throughout a warning interval. Quickly after, the rain arrived and he was declared the race winner. Haley hasn’t received on the Cup degree since that day, however he’s come shut. When Shane van Gisbergen took a surprising win on debut on the Chicago Road Course, it was Haley who he needed to go within the closing laps.

Haley now strikes from Kaulig Racing to Rick Ware Racing for the 2024 season. RWR has by no means received a Cup race, however neither had Spire till Haley’s 2019 victory at Daytona. Ought to he attain Victory Lane subsequent 12 months, it might be fairly the upset. I wouldn’t anticipate it to occur however with Haley’s confirmed capability at superspeedways, I might by no means fully rule it out. 

 Justin Haley, Spire Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro Fraternal Order of Eagles victory lane

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Justin Haley, Spire Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro Fraternal Order of Eagles victory lane

Brad Keselowski – 98 races

For Keselowski, it’s a matter of when, not if he wins once more. With 35 wins as a Cup Collection driver, he’s with out query probably the most profitable full-time driver on this unlucky record. The 2012 Cup champion left a snug place at Team Penske with the purpose to assist rebuild the Roush Fenway Racing group, becoming a member of as each a driver and co-owner.

His work has paid off with each automobiles making the 2023 playoffs and Chris Buescher profitable three races, however Keselowski himself stays winless since becoming a member of RFK.

His most up-to-date victory got here at Talladega in April, 2021. He’s gotten agonizingly near getting his first win with RFK, however it simply hasn’t occurred but. Nonetheless, it feels inevitable at this level. I’d be shocked if this driver goes one other 12 months with out snapping his winless streak, so I’ll go on the report to say that it’ll lastly go Brad’s method in 2024.

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Brad Keselowski, Team Penske, Ford Mustang MoneyLion

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Brad Keselowski, Group Penske, Ford Mustang MoneyLion

Austin Cindric – 71 races

Cindric has only one win on the Cup degree, taking the checkered flag in NASCAR’s greatest race as a rookie driver. However ever since profitable the Daytona 500 in February, 2022, it’s been a wrestle for the Group Penske driver.

Whereas his team-mates Joey Logano and Ryan Blaney have gone onto win back-to-back titles for Penske, he has but to return to Victory Lane. The group appeared to take a step again from 2022 to 2023, and I am not assured that we’ll see any main enhancements subsequent 12 months.

Race winner Austin Cindric, Team Penske, Ford Mustang

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Race winner Austin Cindric, Group Penske, Ford Mustang

Chase Briscoe – 68 races

Briscoe is now the one driver among the many four-car Stewart-Haas Racing group to have received on the Cup degree, however it’s been practically two seasons since that day.

He received at Phoenix in March, 2022, benefiting from the extent taking part in subject with the introduction of the Subsequent Gen automobile. Since then, SHR has fallen behind and Briscoe scored only one top-five this 12 months. 

With the departure of each Kevin Harvick and Aric Almirola, he turns into probably the most senior member of the race group. They’re going to be a variety of strain for your entire group to get issues rotated in 2024, or else it will likely be one other fruitless 12 months for Briscoe and SHR. Sadly, I feel their struggles will proceed into the brand new season, however maybe the up to date Ford physique will assist them to proper the ship.

Race winner Chase Briscoe, Stewart Haas Racing, Mahindra Tractors Ford Mustang in victory lane

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Race winner Chase Briscoe, Stewart Haas Racing, Mahindra Tractors Ford Mustang in victory lane

Alex Bowman – 61 races

It’s been a troublesome stretch for this Hendrick Motorsports driver. A concussion late within the 2022 season and a again damage early within the 2023 season haven’t helped in his efforts to return to Victory Lane. 

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His most up-to-date win got here at Las Vegas in March, 2022, beating team-mate Kyle Larson. Bowman is a confirmed winner with seven victories on the highest degree of the game, however there’s simply one thing lacking with this No. 48 group proper now.

He’ll now fully give attention to his Cup efforts, lately asserting that he’ll put his grime racing efforts on maintain. I do consider he comes again stronger in 2024 and grow to be a winner as soon as once more.

Race winner Alex Bowman, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro

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Race winner Alex Bowman, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro

Daniel Suarez – 56 races

Suarez earned his first and solely Cup win up to now at Sonoma in June, 2022. This Trackhouse Racing driver has flirted with victory just a few occasions after his Sonoma triumph. He had a shot to win from pole on the Indy RC final summer time, finally ending third. He was additionally second within the rain-shortened Atlanta race.

However Trackhouse are the newest winners on the Cup degree, taking victory within the Cup finale at Phoenix with Ross Chastain. The automobiles are quick, however this No. 99 group simply must put all items collectively.

Unforced errors and simply unhealthy luck have hindered their efforts, however I consider they’ll take pleasure in a far smoother 2024. In actual fact, I will go one step additional and declare that Suarez will win on an oval for the primary time in his Cup profession.

Race winner Daniel Suarez, TrackHouse Racing, Onx Homes / Renu Chevrolet Camaro

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Race winner Daniel Suarez, TrackHouse Racing, Onx Houses / Renu Chevrolet Camaro

One other winless streak to observe

Though not full-time, I’d additionally like to say seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson. The co-owner of Legacy Motor Membership ranks sixth on the all-time wins record, however his 83rd profession win came visiting six years in the past in June, 2017 at Dover.

He’ll make a handful of appearances subsequent 12 months, driving the No. 84 machine. His objective is to assist strengthen LMC because it switches to Toyota for the 2024 season, guiding Erik Jones and John-Hunter Nemechek of their efforts.

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But when the chance arises, you recognize this veteran racer will do no matter he can to finish that 133-race winless streak.

Race winner Jimmie Johnson, Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet

Photograph by: Matthew T. Thacker / NKP / Motorsport Images

Race winner Jimmie Johnson, Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet

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