The accident that effectively ended last week’s Quicken Loans 500 at Phoenix International Raceway claimed Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and ended a 13-race streak of events in which he was running at the end. He was credited with 41st.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has one perfect record at Talladega SuperSpeedway. In five starts, he has finished better than he qualified every time. This week in the CampingWorld.com 500 he advanced from 17th to ninth at the checkers.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr finished eighth in the AAA 400 at Dover and earned his second top-10 of the season. His other top-10 came on the high-banked short track of Bristol Motor Speedway, which is sometimes considered a sister track to Dover.
If Ricky Stenhouse Jr. can avoid crash damage this week at Dover International Speedway, he should record a top-20 finish. His last three efforts on this high-banked track were marked by crash damage, with two sub-35th-place finishes as a result.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will make his 100th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) start this weekend at Bristol, a track where he has seen success scoring two top-five and three top-10 finishes in his last three starts.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will start 33rd for the Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday. This will be his second start from the 30s in five attempts.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. posted the fastest single lap in the first practice session for the Geico 500. His top speed was 200.780 mph.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. finished 20th in his first plate race in 2012. That result came in the Daytona 500 and he waited until his rookie season to make a second start on this track type. His next six plate races all ended in top-15s until an accident in the 2014 Coke Zero 400 put him off course.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. survived several incidents early and kept his nose clean late to finish fourth in the Food City 500. It was his third straight top-10 finish after recording a second last spring and sixth last fall.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has been remarkably strong at Bristol in his four previous attempts. He swept the top 20 as a rookie and the top 10 as a sophomore.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. finished 23rd in last fall’s AAA Texas 500, but what made it notable is that he finally completed all the laps of competition on this track for the first time in four starts.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. entered the STP 500 with back-to-back top-15s at Phoenix and Auto Club, but crash damage relegated him to 40th on the short track of Martinsville.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has been running at the end of every Martinsville race he started, but in his first three attempts he failed to finish on the lead lap. Last fall, he finally went the complete distance and finished 15th.
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.