Three of the standings top-five winless entering break
|Of the three late season contenders in 2013, Jimmie Johnson|
(left) and Matt Kenseth (center) are winless despite being
in the top-five in the standings. Meanwhile, Kevin Harvick
(right) has two wins but sits in 22nd place. (Getty)
The first break of the year gives drivers the opportunity to assess their season after eight races and figure out where they stand in comparison to the field. With the new Chase format, winning is the key to success. A win more or less guarantees a driver a Chase spot this postseason.
Despite that emphasis, some of the most consistent drivers have been those that have failed to find victory lane so far. Jeff Gordon, Matt Kenseth and Jimmie Johnson all sit in the top-five in the standings despite not having any wins. Meanwhile, Kevin Harvick is 22nd as the only driver with multiple wins.
It's assumed that the winless drivers racing with consistency will inevitably pick up a win at some point. But, this is racing and that's not necessarily a valuable assumption. Here's a look at several of the winless drivers and their current standing on the season: