Stenhouse to Start in Row 16 for Sunday's Daytona 500
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and the No. 17 Fastenal Ford start the season with the 57th running of the Daytona 500 Sunday afternoon. After finishing 16th in the second Duel last night, Stenhouse and the No. 17 team will start on the outside of row 16 Sunday. Live coverage of the Daytona 500 will be on FOX starting at 1:00 p.m. EST on Sunday.
• Stenhouse in the 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 a cut tire sent him into the outside wall resulting in a 16th-place finish.
• Stenhouse at Daytona International Speedway
The two-time Xfinity champion has 11 career starts at DIS.
Five Cup starts with an average finishing position of 18.2 and best career finish of seventh in last year’s Daytona 500.
Six Xfinity starts with an average starting position of 8.2.
• Fastenal in the Daytona 500
Fastenal has appeared in the Daytona 500 as a primary sponsor the past three years earning one pole in 2012 and a best finish of eighth in 2012.
• Crew Chief Nick Sandler’s career stats in the Daytona 500
In the past four Daytona 500 races with Sandler as the lead engineer, the Asheville, N.C native has one win with Kenseth in 2012 and an average finishing position of 21.25.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. on the Daytona 500:
“As a driver we all want to win the Daytona 500 which is our Super Bowl,” Stenhouse said. “The Roush Fenway guys brought some fast Fords down here. Our Fastenal Ford has been at the top of the board during the practice sessions so far. so I am definitely looking forward to the 500. I think the 500 is going to be an exciting race after what we saw in the Sprint Unlimited so hopefully we can have our Fastenal Ford near the front to go for the win.”
Nick Sandler on the Daytona 500:
“The Sprint Unlimited was a great opportunity for Ricky and I to work together under race conditions and allowed our team to work out any issues before the Daytona 500 which is when it really counts. Our No. 17 Fastenal Ford is really fast. Like the Unlimited, I think the Daytona 500 will be an exciting race. The 500 is a much longer race and you have to be there at the end so hopefully we can avoid the big one and have our Fastenal Ford in a position to go for the win at the end.”
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20:
-- 11 a.m.-12:20 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice, FOX Sports 1 (Follow live)
-- 2-3:25 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice, FOX Sports 1 (Follow live)
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 21:
-- 10:30 a.m.-11:55 a.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series final practice, FOX Sports 1 (Follow live)
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 22:
-- 1 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500, FOX (200 laps, 500 miles) (Follow live)