Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick Among Those Looking for First Win
We're 10 races into the NASCAR Cup Series season, and a number of big names are still looking for their first win. Among them are 2015 series champion Kyle Busch, and the entire Joe Gibbs Racing organization. The team hasn't gone winless 10 races into the season since 2007, when they didn't win until the season's 17th race. That year, they won just 4 races. Last year, JGR led the Cup Series with 12 wins, 5 more than any other team. Their first win could come via Busch at Kansas, he's had 4 straight top-5 finishes at the track, and won this race last season.
After winning at least 3 races in each of the last 4 seasons, Kevin Harvick is another big name who finds himself winless this season. It's the first time he's been winless 10 races into the season since 2012, before he joined Stewart-Haas Racing. But Kansas could be his breakout race, as he won the last race at this track and has finished in the top 2 in 5 of the last 7 races at the track. The only driver with more top-2 finishes at a track since 2013? Harvick at Phoenix.
Logano Has a Win, Now He Wants One That Counts
Joey Logano won 2 weeks ago at Richmond... or so we thought. Although the win will count in the record books and for Logano's career total, because of an illegal suspension found on the car following the race, the win won't count towards his playoff eligibility, or for his playoff bonus points (which will be carried over round-to-round). But Logano could pick up an extra win this week at Kansas, a track where he has 6 top-5 finishes in the last 7 races.
With another win, Logano would tie the track record shared by Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon, and Kansas would become the first track where he's won 3 Cup Series races.
Stenhouse Jr. Tries to Follow Up First Win
Last week, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. passed Kyle Busch on the final lap to become the 11th driver in Cup Series history to pick up his first career win at Talladega. Stenhouse Jr. will now look to follow up the first win at Kansas, a track where he's never had a top-10 finish in 8 career starts. Although no driver to pick up his first career win since 2010 has gone on to win more than one more race, the last driver to get his first win (Kyle Larson) finished 3rd in his next start.
Who's Hot and Who's Not - Kansas Edition
• Joey Logano: 2 wins, 6 top-5 finishes in last 7 Kansas races (wrecked out of other race)
• Kyle Busch: 4 straight top-5 finishes at Kansas, defending race winner
• Kevin Harvick: top-2 finishes in last 2 and 5 of last 7 Kansas races
• Jimmie Johnson: tied with Jeff Gordon for all-time lead with 3 Kansas wins (top-3 finish in 3 of last 4 Kansas races)
• Matt Kenseth: 13 straight top-15 finishes at Kansas (2 wins in span)
• Kyle Larson: finished 29th or worse in last 3 Kansas races
• Clint Bowyer: Kansas native has a 23.0 Avg finish in last 7 Kansas races; 2 top 10s in first 2 races at track, 3 in last 15
• Brad Keselowski: no top-10 finishes in last 10 Kansas races; only track series currently visits twice a year where he has no top 5s since start of 2012
• Chase Elliott: finished 24th and 30th in last 2 races overall; worst 2 finishes in 10 races this season (14th or better in first 8)
• Jamie McMurray: Missouri native has never finished in top 5 in 20 career Kansas races (3 top 10s)
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