Harvick, SHR Head Into Kentucky On Winless Streak

DAYTONMA BEACH, Fla – The 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season has been anything but fun for the entire Stewart-Haas Racing organization. As we sit here today, Spire Motorsports has more wins than the entire SHR camp combined.

Granted, Spire fluked into their way in last Sunday’s rain shortened Coke Zero Sugar 400 at the Daytona International Speedway, but they still have a win in the victory column while SHR is 0-for-18.

In fact, if you go back to last season, SHR is on a 20 race winless streak, the lonest in team history. Even that win last November in Texas was later taken away. Their last legitimate win in NASCAR’s premiere series came in October at Talladega by Aric Almirola. On that day, SHR ran 1-2-3-4 for a majority of the race and looked like the clear cut favorites to win last year’s Cup title.

After all, all four drivers made the Round of 8. They reached victory lane 12 times including the All-Star race. They won 11 of the 36 points paying races. At this point last year, they had won seven of the first 18 races. This year, they’ve won zero.

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Coke Zero Sugar 400 - Practice

DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA – JULY 04: Clint Bowyer, driver of the #14 Mobil 1/Rush Truck Centers Ford, climbs into his car during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway on July 04, 2019 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Blame what you want. Blame the new racing package. Blame Team Penske and Joe Gibbs Racing being that much better. Blame can go all around. But, you can blame the luck too.

Kevin Harvick has one top five finish since May. In fact, his best finish all year is fourth. He does have 11 top 10 finishes, but only four in the last nine races overall.

Aric Almirola has one top five finish since Phoenix. He started off 2019 with six top 10 finishes in the first seven races. He’s only had four in the last 11.

Clint Bowyer saw +73 in the playoff standings in mid May. He’s now just +4. Bowyer’s last six finishes are 24th, 5th, 35th, 11th, 37th and now 34th respectively. He hasn’t won in 39 races himself.

That leaves the new comer Daniel Suarez who has never won and has six top 10’s all year but only two over the last 10 overall. His last three finishes are 17th, 24th and 40th respectively.

What about how they’ve fared in Kentucky, the site of this weekend’s race?

Harvick, did finish fifth in last year’s race at Kentucky and enters with six straight top 10 finishes but his fifth place run is also his only top five in eight career tries on the 1.5-mile track too. He hasn’t scored a top five in the last seven races run on the season either and has a best finish of fourth overall in 2019.

Almirola, has one top 10 finish in his career at Kentucky as that came last year with an eighth place result. It’s been 14 races since he last scored a top five on the season as well.

Bowyer, has one top 10 as that came via a third place run in 2013. His finishes with SHR as 13th and 12th respectively.

Then there’s Suarez again who has finishes of 18th and 15th respectively at Kentucky.

For an organization with two cars on the bubble and with a system that promotes winning, this group isn’t anywhere close.

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