Past the halfway point of the 2019 season, Stewart-Haas Racing finds itself in unfamiliar territory.
Still winless 19 races in, the team now faces its longest drought to start a season.
The previous mark came in 2011, when Ryan Newman ended the drought by winning round 18.
Quite ironically, it happened at New Hampshire.
Team owner Tony Stewart completed the sweep for the team at Loudon by winning the second race.
In the end, 2011 turned out to be an amazing year for the team despite the rocky start.
Stewart would score his first win of the season at Chicago, the postseason opener.
He would go on to win half the races during the Chase, taking the championship over Carl Edwards.
This year, the team will likely hope to get things going at the Magic Mile.
What: Foxwoods Resort Casino 301
Where: New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, NH
When: Sunday, July 21st at 3:00 PM EST
How: NBC Sports (TV) | Performance Racing Network (Web radio) | NBC Sports App
The 2018 season now feels like a distant memory.
SHR had one of its best years in the Cup Series history, scoring 12 wins.
All four drivers made trips to victory lane.
Clint Bowyer won for the first time since 2018 and ended the year with two wins.
All in all, it ended nicely for the team, with Harvick making the Final Four and Almirola fifth in points.
This year, on the other hand, hasn’t been that great.
According to Harvick, SHR went the wrong direction with the setup and realized that mistake too late.
The series introduced a significant change to the aero package this season.
Ford also introduced its new Mustang model, changing the car’s body.
Now the team has to play catch-up to the other front-runners.
It got off to a promising start, with #4 narrowly missing out on wins in rounds 2 and 3.
While Harvick sits at a comfortable third in the standings, the lack of wins has become a recurring theme.
Clint Bowyer, 15th, and new signing Daniel Suarez, 17th, are in real danger of not making it to the playoffs.
It has become quite clear that Stewart-Haas does not have the pace it enjoyed a year ago.
Stewart-Haas Racing does have some positives to look for arriving at New Hampshire.
For starters, the team won the most recent race held at the track.
Kevin Harvick is the defending race winner of the “Extra Mile”.
A three time winner at Loudon, the 2014 champion could tie Jeff Burton for the most wins at the track.
He leads all active drivers with 11 top 5 finishes at Loudon, and has the fourth best mark with 718 laps led.
Clint Bowyer is also a two-time winner at the Magic Mile.
There is even more reason for optimism looking at the team’s history.
This is SHR’s second best track in wins (four), fourth in laps led (1,113) and fifth in top 5s (14).
The two-time champions will definitely be hoping to work some of that magic once again in 2019.
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