In two previous attempts at Auto Club Speedway, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has an average start of 26.5. This Sunday, he will roll off the grid 27th for the Auto Club 400.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has not yet scored a top-10 at Phoenix and he has only one top-15 in four starts, but in the right circumstances he could be a good value. His worst result on this course was an 18th in last spring’s edition of this race.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will concentrate on finishing better than 20th this week at Atlanta. In 22 previous starts on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks, he has finished worse than he qualified in nearly 75 percent of his attempts.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. posted the fastest single lap in the first open session of practice for qualification and the Gatorade Duels. His top speed was 202.643 mph.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was a late entry into the Sprint Unlimited and he will be looking for some redemption Saturday evening. Last year he crashed on lap 35 of 75 and finished 15th.
In the past few years, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has been one of the best values on restrictor-plate, superspeedways, but he demanded attention on NASCAR’s short tracks last year as well. He finished second and sixth in Bristol’s two races and scored a top-10 at New Hampshire.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is the fourth driver to be added to Saturday night’s Sprint Unlimited to fill the 25-car field.
Roush Fenway Racing has announced its 2015 crew chief lineup and the No. 17 Fastenal team will be led by Nick Sandler, who spent the last four seasons working as the head engineer for the No. 99 team under Jimmy Fennig.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.'s No. 17 team has been penalized for a rules infraction discovered during pre-qualifying inspection Nov. 14 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Justin Allgaier, and Reed Sorenson failed to qualify for the Geico 500. In the new style of qualification, the timing of one’s final lap is crucial and these three drivers failed to cross under the flag stand in time for their last lap to count.
In three starts at Talladega during his career, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has a perfect record of top-15s. His worst finish of 13th came in his inaugural race last spring.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has been improving in his last three attempts on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks. He finished 26th at Charlotte, which he bettered to 25th at Kentucky, 20th at Atlanta, and 17th at Chicagoland.
New Hampshire was host to the most top-15 streaks in 2012 with 13; last year there were 11 top-15 streaks, so Ricky Stenhouse Jr.’s ninth-place finish in the Camping World RV Sales 301 is a good indication that he will score at least a top-15 in the Sylvania 300.
One week after being a part of Roush-Fenway Racing’s sweep of the top 10 at Bristol, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. hopes to help them sweep the top 15 at Atlanta. That would be his first such finish, but he missed last year by only one position—finishing 16th.