Chip Ganassi Racing had a struggling year in 2018. Both drivers went winless for the entire campaign and only saw Kyle Larson make it to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs. Even so, Larson narrowly made it out of the first round of the postseason but was eliminated once again in the Round of 12.
Larson, carries with him to 2019 a 46 race winless streak. His last trip to victory lane in the Cup Series was at the 2017 regular season finale at Richmond. At the time, it was his second win in his last four tries. That was a breakout year for him too. He had four overall wins and a span of five top two finishes in the first seven races of the year. Heading into the playoffs that year, he had 11 top two finishes. In the 46 races since though, he’s had just seven.
Now, can he get back to his 2017 regular season form?
Coming to CGR to join Larson is Kurt Busch. Larson, has had Jamie McMurray as his teammate where now McMurray will move to a consulting role wit the organization. McMurray though, only had two top five finishes last season and hasn’t won a race since 2013. Since 2011, McMurray has scored only 24 top five finishes and 76 top 10’s. In seven of the last eight years, he’s had four of fewer top five finishes.
In comes Busch, a driver who won the 2017 Daytona 500 and made it to the Round of 8 a year ago. It’s no secret, the Las Vegas native can set up a race car. He has a technical feel.
Since Busch joined Stewart Haas Racing, he scored six wins, 37 top five finishes and 90 to 10’s. Can he bring those numbers to CGR in 2019 which in turn can elevate Larson too?