Fastenal Returns to the No. 17 at the Sprint Unlimited
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series kicks off this weekend with the running of the Sprint Unlimited. Fastenal will once again be the primary sponsor of Ricky Stenhouse Jr. in the No. 17 Fastenal Ford, the Unlimited will air live on FOX Saturday night at 8:15 p.m. EST.
Schedule of events
Friday, February 12th
5:00-5:55 p.m. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sprint Unlimited Practice, FoxSports1
6:30-7:25 p.m. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sprint Unlimited final practice, FoxSports1
Saturday, February 13th
10:30 a.m-12:25 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice, FoxSports1
1:30-3:25 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice, FoxSports1
8:15 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sprint Unlimited, (75 laps, 187.5 miles), FOX
Sunday, February 14th
1:15 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 Coors Light Pole Qualifying, FOX
Ricky Stenhouse Jr – Sprint Unlimited Advance
Stenhouse in the Sprint Unlimited
This will mark Stenhouse’s third career start in the Sprint Unlimited.
Last Year’s Sprint Unlimited
Despite the damage to his Fastenal Ford that was obtained in a 14 car pile-up on lap 45 in Saturday night’s Sprint Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was working his way up through the field before cutting a tire sending him into the outside wall resulting in a 16th-place finish.
Stenhouse at Daytona International Speedway
The two-time XFINITY champion has 13 career starts at DIS.
Seven NSCS starts with an average finishing position of 19.9 and best career finish of seventh in the 2014 Daytona 500.
Six XFINITY starts with an average starting position of 8.2.
Fastenal in the Sprint Unlimited
Fastenal has appeared in the Sprint Unlimited as a primary sponsor the past four years earning a best finish of ninth in 2012.
On the Car
Fastenal is currently in its fifth season as a primary partner in the NSCS for Roush Fenway. They spent three years on the No. 99 before jumping over to the No. 17 entry, and were the primary partner on the No. 60 XFINITY team that captured the owner’s championship in 2011.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. on the Sprint Unlimited:
”I’m really looking forward to getting back behind the wheel of the Fastenal Ford. As a racer, the off-season is tough because all I want to do is race. The entire Roush Fenway organization has been working extremely hard this off season. The Sprint Unlimited will be very beneficial for us to measure our car versus other teams but with it being a non-points race we will definitely take some chances. I’m looking forward to climbing back in the seat on Saturday, and I hope I can get this Fastenal Ford into victory lane.”
Nick Sandler on the Sprint Unlimited:
“Our No. 17 team is really looking forward to this season. We have the same core group of guys and I think that is really beneficial to our team as we continue to grow and become stronger. The Sprint Unlimited is the first opportunity to evaluate our cars, and the progress that we have made over the off-season. We have nothing to lose so we will take some chances and go for the