Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Ricky Stenhouse on 1.5-mile tracks: 'Atlanta will be a good test to see if we made gains'

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is 100/1 to win at Atlanta
Ricky Stenhouse Jr – Quik Trip Fold of Honors 500 Advance
Team: No. 17 Fifth Third Bank Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Nick Sandler
Twitter: @PR17RFR @stenhousejr @FifthThird and @roushfenway


Stenhouse Jr. at Atlanta Motor Speedway

o Stenhouse has two career Sprint Cup starts at Atlanta with an average starting position of 13.5 and average finishing position of 18.0
o In 2013, Atlanta Motor Speedway is the site of where Stenhouse earned his first career Sprint Cup Coors Light pole award.
o Stenhouse has a total combined (XFINITY and Sprint Cup) five starts at Atlanta with an average finish position of 11.35 and earned one win in 2012 when he overtook the lead on the final lap from Kevin Harvick.

Last time at Atlanta
o Despite blowing a right rear tire in the last 100 laps, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. gained two positions on the final green-white-checkered attempt taking the checkered flag in the 20th position in Sunday’s Oral-B 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

The Car
o This chassis was raced numerous times by the No. 99 team in 2014.
o It was last raced in Homestead-Miami for the Ford Championship weekend by Edwards.

Fifth Third Bank
o Fifth Third Bank has been a partner of Roush Fenway Racing since 2012.
o Fifth Third Bank is a U.S. regional banking corporation, headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio at Fifth Third Center, and is the principal subsidiary of holding company Fifth Third Bancorp.
o To find the nearest Fifth Third Bank branch near you – visit www.53.com/atm/branchatm
o After Atlanta, Fifth Third Bank will return to the No. 17 as primary at Richmond International Raceway.

Stenhouse Jr. on racing at Atlanta:
“Atlanta is one of my favorite tracks on the circuit. It’s an older track that is rough but fast. Last year we struggled on the mile-and-a-half tracks so we worked really hard this off-season to improve our Fords so Atlanta will be a good test to see if we have made gains. Atlanta is a long race so we will work on our Fifth Third Bank Ford and hopefully have it dialed in by the end of the race.”

Nick Sandler on racing at Atlanta:
“I’m excited about racing in Atlanta this weekend. We have a lot of new design pieces that we have been working on so it will be interesting to see how we stack up against the other teams. We have a good plan of attack for the test on Thursday so I feel confident going into this weekend. With the weather being cool in Atlanta, the older track should have plenty of grip.”

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