Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Ricky Stenhouse Jr leads active drivers with 11.2 average finish at Bristol

Ricky Stenhouse is 100/1 to win at Bristol.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. – Bristol Advance

Team: No. 17 Zest Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Nick Sandler
Twitter: @PR17RFR, @stenhousejr, @ZestRacing and @roushfenway


Stenhouse at Bristol Motor Speedway

Stenhouse has six NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) starts at Bristol Motor Speedway with an average starting position of 21.7 and average finishing position of 11.2.

In 2014, Stenhouse earned his best NSCS career finish when he finished second behind former teammate Carl Edwards.

In his six NSCS starts, Stenhouse has scored two top-five and three top-10 finishes at the ‘World’s Fastest Half-Mile’.

Last time at Bristol

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. salvaged a 21st-place finish in Saturday night’s NSCS race at Bristol Motor Speedway after a late race accident.

Close to Home
Crew Chief Nick Sandler grew up in Asheville, NC. Sandler earned his Mechanical Engineering degree from Duke University and is an avid Blue Devils fan.

Zest is currently in its fifth season as a primary partner in the NSCS for Roush Fenway. They have spent all five years on the No. 17 machine; one year with Matt Kenseth and four years with Stenhouse.

Zest will also adorn the No. 17 machine again at Kansas Speedway.

Stenhouse Jr. on racing at Bristol:
“I’m looking forward to Bristol this weekend. Bristol is one of my favorite tracks and we’ve had a lot of success there in the past. We struggled at Phoenix earlier this year, but we think we learned some things that will help us this weekend. The key to Bristol is being patient. Pit road is tricky as well but I feel if we can execute on pit road and keep dialing in our Zest Ford as the race progresses then we should be able to leave Bristol with another solid finish.”

Nick Sandler on racing at Bristol:
“We are looking forward to Bristol this weekend. It is one of Ricky’s favorite tracks and we were strong there last year. The key is to have a car that can run the top and bottom. Our short track program seemed a little off in Phoenix with this new package but we learned some things that will be beneficial for us this weekend. I’m confident that we will have another strong performance this weekend at Bristol.”

- Roush Fenway Racing

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