Sunday, July 2, 2017

Stenhouse Wins Wild Coke Zero 400

Originally written for CLNS Media.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won the Coke Zero 400 from Daytona International Speedway on Saturday night.

Stenhouse picked up his second victory of the season on Saturday, holding off the field over the final laps.  Stenhouse’s first victory came at Talladega, the other restrictor-plate track on the NASCAR schedule. 
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Stenhouse said his victory proves that his team is a real threat when it comes to the restrictor plate races.

“It validates what we did at Talladega,” Stenhouse said.  “We’ve been working really, really hard at Roush-Fenway, and this just keeps pushing us further and further along.”

“I kept my Talladega car and told them to build a new one, and they built a Ford that was really fast.”

Stenhouse went winless for the first 157 races of his career, but he has now won two races out of the last eight.  Stenhouse said the mindset instilled in him by his father helped him work through the struggles early in his career.

“My dad has taught me for a long time that you’ve just got to keep working hard, even when things aren’t right,” Stenhouse said.  “Been coming down here since 2008; it’s cool to put it in victory lane and get our second win this year.”

Unofficial results:
1. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
2. Clint Bowyer
3. Paul Menard
4. Michael McDowell
5. Ryan Newman
6. David Ragan
7. Brendan Gaughan
8. AJ Allmendinger
9. Erik Jones
10. Chris Buescher
11. Corey LaJoie
12. Jimmie Johnson
13. Matt DiBenedetto
14. Jamie McMurray
15. Darrell Wallace Jr.
16. Ty Dillon
17. Daniel Suarez
18. Kasey Kahne
19. Landon Cassill
20. Kyle Busch
21. Elliott Sadler
22. Chase Elliott
23. Trevor Bayne
24. Denny Hamlin
25. Danica Patrick
26. Ryan Blaney
27. Matt Kenseth
28. Kurt Busch
29. Kyle Larson
30. Reed Sorenson
31. Brad Keselowski
32. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
33. Kevin Harvick
34. Martin Truex Jr.
35. Joey Logano
36. Austin Dillon
37. Jeffrey Earnhardt
38. DJ Kennington
39. Cole Whitt
40. Ryan Sieg

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