The pressure is slowly starting to ratchet up in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, where the regular season has reached the halfway point.
In the first 13 races of the 2017 season, nine different drivers have won races, including Jimmie Johnson, the only three-time winner so far this season, and two-time winners Brad Keselowski and Martin Truex Jr.
But a lot of star drivers are still winless this year. Here are the eight drivers with the most career Cup victories who’ve yet to win in 2017.
Fifth in points halfway through the Cup regular season, McMurray is having a stellar 2017 campaign, with a best finish of second at Talladega. But his last race win was October 2013.
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It’s been a solid first season with Stewart-Haas Racing for Bowyer, who is 10th in points. But he’s hungry to find Victory Lane again, as his winless streak has reached 162 races.
It’s been nearly three years since Kahne last won a race, and he was surely hoping to be higher than 20th in points right now.
Now in his final season, Earnhardt is a disappointing 26th in points, but after protracted struggles, the last two weekends have produced finishes of 10th at Charlotte and 11th at Dover.
In the last six Cup races, Hamlin has moved from 16th to ninth in points, a good indicator that Joe Gibbs Racing has found some speed in its Toyotas recently. That said, none of the four JGR drivers has won so far this year.
Six times in the last seven races, Harvick has finished ninth or better, so you know he’s not far off the pace in this, Stewart-Haas Racing’s first year with Ford. Harvick has also led laps in six of the seven most recent races, another favorable indicator that a victory could be close.
Hard to believe, perhaps, but the last time Busch won a Cup race was the Brickyard 400 last July. Busch has been the best of the Joe Gibbs Racing drivers this season and is ranked fourth in points right now, but the winning combination of speed, execution and racing luck has not been there for him yet.
The 2003 Cup champion has had his share of bad luck this season, for sure, although like the rest of his Joe Gibbs Racing teammates, he seems to be gaining on it lately. It should be a question of when Kenseth will win this season, not if he will.
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