What’s Happening?

Winning a NASCAR Cup Series race is the pinnacle of many driver’s careers. Some drivers win more than others, but, for those who win often, a losing streak can be agonizing. There are plenty of drivers who have long-losing streaks heading into 2024. Here is a list of the longest.

  • For this list, we will focus on full-time drivers of the 2023 Cup Series who have won a race. Anyone who has not won a race or does not race full-time is ineligible.
  • This is purely a list of the longest-losing streaks, not a list of the most surprising. Whether a driver is expected to win in 2024 or not, they can be included.
  • Fans of certain drivers often groan during losing streaks. They can be very frustrating, but, it makes the wins that much more special.

Joey Logano: 39 Races

Last Win: Atlanta (March 2023)

Overall, Joey Logano had a down year in 2023. After he won his only race at Atlanta, he only led laps in 9 of the final 31 races of the season, and he led more than 25 laps only once in that span. He is creeping up on a full season without a win, but, there is a silver lining. Both of his Championship seasons, 2018 and 2022 came in seasons where he broke losing streaks of longer than a full season.

Chase Elliott: 42 Races Started, 49 Races Total

Last Win: Talladega (October 2022)

While it’s technically been 34 starts since Elliott’s last win, when you factor in the races missed, it has been over 40 races since his last win. He has not gone this long between wins ever in his career. The only comparable time in his career is 2016-2018 when he failed to win a race until his third season.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr: 43 Races

Last Win: Daytona (February 2023)

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won one race in 2023, the Daytona 500. Since he failed to win a race the rest of the season, it means Stenhouse will once again go at least one year between wins. Still, that’s comparatively short for Stenhouse’s career as he went 199 races between victories before his Daytona 500 triumph.

Bubba Wallace: 52 Races

Last Win: Kansas (September 2022)

Despite a great points finish, 2023 was the first year since 2020 that Bubba Wallace failed to win a race. This is the longest losing streak Bubba has had since his first win at Talladega in 2021. However, given his equipment and solid run in 2023, a win seems very possible in 2024.

Erik Jones: 53 Races

Last Win: Darlington (September 2022)

Erik Jones shocked everyone by winning the 2022 Southern 500. That win broke a 108-race winless streak for Jones, and it broke an 8-year losing streak for the 43 car. He and Legacy Motor Club struggled in 2023, but, is there reason for optimism in 2024?

Austin Dillon: 54 Races

Last Win: Daytona (August 2022)

Since 2018, Austin Dillon has traded 1 win and 0 win seasons. His longest losing streak came between 2018 and 2020 when he went 88 races between wins. He struggled in 2023, and he never came close to a win.

Daniel Suarez: Streak Snapped at 57 Races

Streak Snapped: Atlanta (February 2024)

Daniel Suarez put a period on a 57-race losing streak during the 2nd race of the season at Atlanta. It was his first win since Sonoma in June of 2022, and it puts him in the Playoffs. Whether or not it saves his ride is up in the air.

Alex Bowman: 72 Races Started, 80 Races Total

Last Win: Las Vegas (March 2022)

Alex Bowman won the third race of the Next-Gen era at Las Vegas in 2022, and, since then, his career has been hampered by injuries. He missed 5 races in 2022 with a concussion and 3 races in 2023 with a broken back. Both have contributed to a 61-start winless drought, with a total of 69 races between wins for Bowman.

Chase Briscoe: 76 Races

Last Win: Phoenix (March 2022)

2022 was a great year for Chase Briscoe as he nearly made the Championship 4 and he won at Phoenix in the spring. The 2023 season saw SHR struggle, and Briscoe was not immune. He failed to win a race in 2023, and that gives him a 66-race winless drought.

Austin Cindric: 79 Races

Last Win: Daytona (February 2022)

Normally, it takes drivers a few starts to get the first win, then they rapidly rattle off more wins after that. Austin Cindric is the exact opposite as he won in his 8th start, but he has not won since, When the 2024 Daytona 500 starts, it will have been a long 2 years since his last win.

Brad Keselowski: 106 Races

Last Win: Talladega (April 2021)

Brad Keselowski won his last race for Team Penske at Talladega in 2021. He has failed to win since he joined RFK, and his current losing streak eclipsed his previous career high of 60 races between 2009 and 2011. Given Chris Buescher’s success in 2023, Keselowski winning a race in 2024 seems plausible.

Justin Haley: 113 Starts; 170 Races Total

Last Win: Daytona (July 2019)

The longest losing streak in NASCAR today goes to Justin Haley. He won his only career race at Daytona in 2019 thanks to a perfectly timed lightning strike, so, there is a slight asterisk to this losing streak. Given that he is heading to Rick Ware Racing in 2024, an end to his losing streak does not seem imminent.

Which of these drivers is the most likely to break their losing streak in 2024?