Kenseth is one of the sport’s top drivers, having won five races last year and seven in 2013. He’s with Joe Gibbs Racing, who right now is the best team in the sport.
But this year, the only luck Kenseth has had has all been bad.
Through the first seven races of the 2016 season, Kenseth has consistently run up front and led laps. He just doesn’t have the finishes to show for it.
Let’s review the 2003 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion’s misfortunes:
DAYTONA — Kenseth led 40 laps of the Daytona 500, and was ahead from Lap 160-199. On the 200th and final lap, his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Denny Hamlin passed Kenseth on the last lap, hanging him out in the draft. Kenseth finished 14th.
ATLANTA — Although Kenseth led 47 laps at Atlanta, he got dinged for illegal fueling on a pit stop, and while the team was arguing the penalty, he went down two laps, ending the day 19th.
LAS VEGAS — After 209 of 267 laps, Kenseth was leading. But on Lap 224, he got the air taken off the back of his car and he hit the wall, finishing 37th.
PHOENIX — With no major issues, Kenseth ended up seventh, his best result of the season so far.