Saturday, July 7, 2018

Don’t Count Ricky Out at Daytona

Don’t Count Ricky Out at Daytona

Stenhouse Jr. a Rising Star at Restrictor Plate Tracks

Don’t Count Ricky Out at Daytona #NASCAR #MENCS

As the series heads to Daytona this weekend for the Coke Zero Sugar 400 on Saturday night (7 p.m. ET on NBC, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), could Stenhouse Jr. be a repeat winner? He won this race last year. He will start today’s race in sixth place, so the speed is there.

After coming off his career best season, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is again piloting the Fastenal Ford Fusion for Roush Fenway Racing during the 2018 Monster Energy #NASCAR Cup Series (#MENCS) season. This year is his sixth season behind the wheel of the #17.

Don’t Count Ricky Out at Daytona #NASCAR #MENCS
The 2017 MENCS season saw a lot of firsts for Stenhouse Jr. In May, he earned his first MENCS victory after starting from the pole position and taking the lead on the final lap at Talladega Superspeedway to clinch a spot in the playoffs.

He followed up his Talladega win in July when he scored his second victory of the season at Daytona International Speedway. In thirty-six (36) starts, Stenhouse accumulated two wins, four top-five and nine top=tens, ending the season in 13th-place overall in the standings.

Ricky currently sits sixteenth in the point standing; and just outside a playoff slot in seventeenth. A win this weekend would guarantee him a spot in the big show for the championship.

On the positive side, some of Ricky Stenhouse Jr.’s best racing performances have come out of the two restrictor plate tracks - Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway – during the four total visits the Monster Energy Series makes to the tracks each season. His two career series wins and six of his 13 career top-five finishes have been at these two circuits.

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