Winless Harvick and Truex Jr. biggest surprise of 2019

09 February–during The Clash for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fl.(HHP/Alan Marler)

Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. joined Kyle Busch a year ago in winning 20 races. While Busch has twice won at the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series level this year both Harvick and Truex find themselves still in search of their first win.

Truex moved over to Joe Gibbs Racing taking over the seat of the No. 19 Ford which had previously been driven by Daniel Suarez who ironically joined Harvick at Stewart-Haas Racing.

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Harvick won a Gander Outdoor Duel at Daytona but has seen the win column empty so far in 2019. Truex can not even claim that. And yet Harvick has the third most MENCS points on the season, Truex has the seventh most.

Both Harvick and Truex have five top-tens tying them with Denny Hamlin for the second most this season behind the six of Kyle Busch. So it is not that they are driving lost.

Truex has never won on a short-track while Harvick had just one win at Martinsville in his career so expecting either to cash in on a win at the paperclip track may have been a bit optimistic.

The good news for both drivers is that Texas Motor Speedway is up next. Harvick has won two of the last three races there. Likewise Truex has feasted on the 1.5-mile tracks in his career. Sooner or later one of these drivers will get to victory lane. The other will likely not be far behind.