It’s amazing how an old fashioned Excel file can change the way you think about NASACR.
Jayski recently ran a list of Sprint Cup drivers and how many races they have gone without a win. You can look at all the drivers here, but five are of note for varying reasons.
Brad Keselowski: 31 Races
Think of four drivers who could have easily won the Sprint Cup last year. Think of four drivers who could contend for the NASCAR title in 2016. Keselowski is either on your list or one of the final names off your list. He is the only one who hasn’t won in nearly a year. This streak floored me.
Kasey Kahne: 47 Races
The fourth Hendrick car has one win in two years. Unlike Keselowski, Kahne has needed a win to make the Chase. Kahne is always a threat at Charlotte, Atlanta and Texas. Still, the victory drought over two seasons has to be of concern for Rick Hendrick, who has to try and replace Jeff Gordon with a rookie in 2016.
Ryan Newman: 88 Races
Newman is such a curious story for NASCAR. He nearly won the 2014 Sprint Cup and made the 2015 Chase. Yet Newman hasn’t found Victory Lane since joining Richard Childress Racing.
The streak also means RCR hasn’t been to Victory Lane since Kevin Harvick left. With new collaboration and two Chase drivers in 2015, maybe 2016 is the year RCR gets back into the winner’s circle.
Greg Biffle: 93 Races
Biffle used to rip three or four wins off in a span of two or there months. Yet it’s been 2 1/2 years since Biffle crossed Victory Lane at Michigan for Jack Roush. Biffle’s streak is coupled with Trevor Bayne, who has gone 179 races since winning the Daytona 500 and Ricky Stenhouse Jr, who has never won a Sprint Cup race despite two Nationwide Series titles. No wonder 2016 is such a critical year for Roush Fenway Racing.
Clint Bowyer: 113 Races
Bowyer hasn’t won since RichmondGate. It’s been more than three years. Bowyer remains a sponsor’s dream, made the Chase last year and has a ride with Stewart Haas Racing waiting for him in 2017, but the gap reminds you of why Tony Stewart had interest in Kyle Larson.
Again, you can see where your favorite driver stacks up here. Enjoy the final days of 2015, and insert a random catchphrase here.