Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and the No. 17 Blue Team Richmond Preview
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. – Richmond Advance
Saturday, April 25
7 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Toyota Owners 400, FOX
Stenhouse Jr. at Richmond International Raceway
o Stenhouse has four career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) starts at Richmond with an average starting position of 17.2 and average finishing position of 22.5.
o In 2013, Stenhouse scored his first career NSCS top-10 finish as a rookie at Richmond.
o In the past five races in the 2015 season, Stenhouse has scored four top-15 finishes, including one top-five (Bristol).
Last week at Bristol
Stenhouse Jr. drove his Zest Ford Fusion to a fourth-place finish in Sunday’s rain stricken Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway and jumps three positions in the NSCS driver standings. In his last three NSCS starts at Bristol Motor Speedway, Stenhouse has scored two top-five finishes and one top-10 finish.
Last time at Richmond
After leading the Roush Fenway Racing qualifying efforts for the final race to make the Chase for the Sprint Cup, Stenhouse Jr. battled an ill-handling machine for a majority Saturday night’s race forcing him to settle for a 26th- place finish.
Stenhouse Jr. on racing at Richmond:
“We are coming off a great finish at Bristol so we are definitely looking to carry that momentum into Richmond this weekend. I love racing at night. We struggled at Richmond last year but we think we have a good package going into this weekend. It’s a long race but just like at Bristol last week, if you can stay on the lead lap then you should be able to leave there with a solid finish.”
Nick Sandler on racing at Richmond:
“After our top-five finish, I know the entire No. 17 team is looking forward to Richmond. Richmond is tough because you practice during the day but race at night so you don’t want to over adjust. In practice we will focus on what Ricky needs overall in the car. Pit strategy and track position are key because it is so easy to go a lap down but I think if we can stay on the lead lap like Bristol that we can leave Richmond with another top-15 finish. That’s our goal.”