Something’s gotta give.
Matt Kenseth has finished third in each of the last two races. He now has 10 top-10 finishes, more than any other driver in the series. He also now has the points lead, ending Jeff Gordon’s six-race stranglehold on the top spot.
But, he still doesn’t have a win.
A win at Pocono would check off two boxes: a first 2014 win (and near-guaranteed Chase spot) and a first Pocono win (it’s one of six tracks at which Kenseth has not won).
Bottom line – Kenseth is arguably the most prominent name on the 2014 winless list, and that fact gets magnified each week. So, could the series points leader’s recent momentum turn into a trip to Victory Lane on Sunday? Let’s take a look at the stats:
Three top-five finishes at Pocono
In 28 races, average finish is 14.9
Driver Rating at Pocono is 89.6, which ranks in the top 10
A veteran, Kenseth’s keeping calm about the absence of winner decals affixed to the No. 20 car. “Panicking has never helped anything,” says Kenseth. “Like I said, I feel like we’re gaining on it. We’ve just been off a little bit all year… We’re digging hard trying to figure it out. We’re just not quite there yet.”