The 2013 NASCAR season meant new beginnings for Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and so far he’s achieving great things.
After competing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series for three full time seasons, Stenhouse made his way up within NASCAR when the chance to race in the Cup Series came about. Now behind the wheel of the No.17 Ford for Roush Fenway Racing, Stenhouse has a new challenge ahead as he races in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
The two time Nationwide Series champion began this new journey in his NASCAR Career when he made his Cup Series rookie year start at Daytona. Beginning at the Daytona 500, his quest for the Cup Series rookie of the year began. Along with racing for rookie honors, his career as a cup driver has started off on a positive note.
During the Daytona 500 Stenhouse and Danica Patrick began the race for rookie honors. Although Patrick left Daytona with the advantage in the rookie point standings with an eighth place finish, it didn’t last that long. After a 12th place finish at Daytona, Stenhouse took over the lead in the rookie standings.
In his next two races Stenhouse captured a 16th place finish at Phoenix and an 18th place finish at Las Vegas. His best starting position of the year was at Las Vegas for the Kobalt Tools 400, with a seventh place starting spot. In three starts he has averaged a 15.667 start and a 15.333 finish.
Currently Stenhouse is 11th in the Cup Series point standings. He has the lead in the race for rookie honors as Patrick sits in 30th and fellow rookie competitor Timmy Hill has yet to make a start.
Stenhouse’s next challenge in his new Cup career will be the world’s fastest half mile at Bristol Motor Speedway. He has raced at the track before in the Nationwide Series and his best finishes at the track came in 2012. In the first Bristol race he captured a sixth place finish and a second place finish in the second race.
In six starts at Bristol, Stenhouse has captured two top tens and a top five finish and finished once just outside of the top 10 with an 11th place finish. This upcoming Sunday, Stenhouse will be making his first cup start at Bristol. It can continue his latest success and maintain his top standing among his rookie competitors.