Trio in trouble? Kenseth, Bowyer, Stewart still seeking pivotal win
JUN 26, 2014 10:41a ET
Starting Saturday night at Kentucky Speedway, we only have 10 more races in what we now call NASCAR's regular season. I still maintain we are going to see some new winners in 2014 before the Chase begins.
I just think there are too many high-profile drivers and powerful teams that have won in the past that haven't made their way to Victory Lane.
I think at the top of my list, even though he has been struggling, is Matt Kenseth. I think in my second spot I would have Clint Bowyer. Probably third is going to be the driver of that No. 14 car, but Tony Stewart has to quit beating himself. If he can just slow down and quit getting busted on pit road, I can easily see Tony visit Victory Lane a time or two before the Chase starts.
Those are three drivers whom I think have a legitimate shot at making something happen. Ryan Newman is another name I would keep an eye on. He continues to be consistent and there are a couple tracks coming up in these next 10 events where he really excels. Loudon and Daytona are two of the places I can see Ryan putting it all together and getting his No. 31 car into the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase.
While his three other teammates are set for the Chase, I still am just not sure what's going on with Kasey Kahne and the No. 5 car. Despite the fact they've been running better the last couple weeks, I just have a big question mark next to their possibility of making the Chase. Don't forget, even though they made the Chase last year, they never were a serious threat even then.
I mean, yes, I believe Kasey can make the Chase, but the bigger overriding question is, will he?
Kahne and the No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports team seem to give him fast race cars more often than not, but then they just seem to miss the setup or the correct adjustment on the car when it's most critical, thus keeping them from being in the top three or four spots where you need to be for a chance to win late in the race. It just seems this year they are constantly playing catch-up at the drop of the green flag. Either the car isn't right or they get in an early-race incident that puts them behind and then they are forced to try to make up ground the rest of the afternoon.