Stenhouse Jr. Soars to Top Five
By: Jeff Wackerlin - @JWackerlin Twitter and Instagram | MRN.com on March 20, 2016 | 7:40 P.M. EST
Stenhouse moved up four positions to 14th in the Sprint Cup standings with his fifth-place finish. (Photo: Getty Images)
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. used a late surge to come home with a strong fifth-place finish in Sunday’s Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway.
The Roush Fenway Racing began the day in 18th and posted an average running position of 12.4 through-out the race. He started eighth on the final restart and was able to score his fourth career top-five performance in an overtime finish.
“It was really good for us,” said Stenhouse Jr. “That was a crazy restart there at the end. We had a really good Fastenal Ford on the long run and that’s where we excelled – kind of like Atlanta and Las Vegas. On the long run we excelled and that really paid off today.
“Our tires were good every pit stop, which was good for us, and we made the right adjustments there at the end. (Crew Chief) Nick (Sandler) did a great job. The pit crew did a great job and we were able to get the adjustments that we needed and was able to really rip the top there and gain a few extra spots at the end.”
After last week’s disappointing finish in Phoenix, Stenhouse Jr. was pleased with Sunday’s good run heading into the Easter weekend break.
“We had it dialed in for the long run and just didn’t have it for that short run,” Stenhouse Jr. said about his car’s performance after restarts. “That cost us a few times, but we were able to bounce back and cautions fell our way. It was just a really good bounce back weekend for us.”
With the finish, Stenhouse moved up four positions to 14th in the Sprint Cup standings.