News Stenhouse Jr. takes run at lead, but finishes fourth at Bristol, his best since July

06:51  17 april  2018
06:51  17 april  2018 Source:   usatoday.com

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Stenhouse Jr . takes run at lead , but finishes fourth at Bristol , his best since July . Stenhouse came on strong in the closing portion of Monday’s Food City 500 at Bristol and finished fourth , easily his best run of the season.

Stenhouse took his second Nationwide win at Iowa in August, again holding off teammate Carl Edwards, but in a more bizarre fashion as On August 21, 2016, Stenhouse recorded a then-career- best 2nd-place finish in the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway.[19].

BRISTOL, Tenn. – Ricky Stenhouse Jr. finally wrote a smooth finish in what has been a bumpy season.

Stenhouse came on strong in the closing portion of Monday’s Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway and challenged for the lead before finishing fourth, easily his best run of the season.

Stenhouse entered the Bristol weekend with seasonal finishes of 29, 16, 14, 23, 18, 37 and 25.

“We were fighting track position, gaining it and losing it back-and-forth over the last two days but, all in all, it was a really strong run for our Sunny D Ford,” Stenhouse said. “We had a good Friday, a good Saturday and a good race on Sunday and Monday. I’m glad we were able to get it all in, and we appreciate the fans for sticking around.”

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Ricky Stenhouse Jr . battled back from a variety of challenges to finish fourth in the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. The Roush Fenway Racing driver notched a top-five to continue his recent strong showings at the .533-mile short track.

Stenhouse was eyeing first place before a late-race caution reshuffled the field.

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“I got into second and was hoping it would just go green to the end, knowing that we had better tires than the 42 (Kyle Larson, then the leader), who was the class of the field all day,” he said. “Then we restarted there at the end (with 23 laps to go).

“It would have been fun if I had had something a little bit better to go racing with. I didn’t feel really good once we restarted there. I just didn’t really have a lot of grip compared to the restarts before.”

Stenhouse, 30, hasn’t won since last July at Daytona International Speedway. His two victories last season are the only two of his eight-year Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career.

Bump & Run: Who are drivers seeking first win of the year to watch? .
NASCAR on NBC broadcasters and writers discuss and debate various topics this week.Steve Letarte: Recently it’s been Jimmie Johnson. At the beginning of the year it was obvious the equipment wasn’t up to par. I don’t think the equipment has got a whole lot better yet, but I think Jimmie and Chad (Knaus) are learning to race with not-winning cars. I think Bristol and Richmond were two races that they performed very, very well. My point being we have seen Jimmie make mistakes and crash and have accidents, but in the last two weeks they have found a way to take their car and get better finishes than they were running most of the day.

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