We’re heading to the Bluegrass State this weekend where horsepower has a bit of a different meaning here. Normally, Stewart-Haas Racing and Hendrick Motorsports have it. They’ve shown this season to be in contention more times than not.
But, for whatever reason, they’ve just struggled to compete for wins at the Kentucky Speedway. In fact, they’re 0-for-9 in their careers on the 1.5-mile track.
Chase Elliott has one top 10 finish in four tries with a third place run in 2017. He was 115th last year. William Byron finished 20th and 18th respectively in his two tries. Alex Bowman was 39th and 17th himself. Jimmie Johnson has one top five finish in nine tries including his last four finishes being 32nd, 40th, 14th and 30th respectively. He’s never won at this track either.
For SHR, Kevin Harvick finished fifth in 2018, but his fifth place run is also his only top five in nine career tries on the 1.5-mile track too. While he has six top 10’s in his last seven tries at Kentucky, he was just 22nd last year.
Aric Almirola has one top 10 finish in his career at Kentucky as that came in 2018 with an eighth place result.
Clint Bowyer has just two top 10’s as one came via a third place run in 2013 and the other a sixth place result last year. Cole Custer is just a rookie.
With all that being said, SHR has a ton of momentum right now.
Harvick has four wins since the break. Almirola has five straight top five finishes. Cole Custer is coming off of a top five.
Maybe this is SHR’s chance.