Hard Fought 26th- Place Finish for Stenhouse Jr. at Michigan
BROOKLYN, Mich. (Aug. 16, 2015) – Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and the No. 17 team traveled to Michigan, the backyard of Ford Performance and Jack Roush, for the Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway. Stenhouse battled an ill-handling race car for the majority of the day, managing a hard earned 26th – place finish.
“We struggled with our straightaway speed with this package,” Stenhouse said. “Our Zest Ford just handled so different in traffic compared to when we were by ourselves so it was a struggle all weekend. After the past three weeks, we will take this and go to Bristol which I’m really looking forward to.”
From the beginning of the race, the Olive Branch, Miss. native battled a tight-handling race car. On lap 20, NASCAR held a competition caution for teams due to the new high downforce aero package. With track position being crucial, crew chief Nick Sandler called for a two-tire stop and an air pressure adjustment.
After falling one lap down to the leaders, Stenhouse brought his Zest Ford to pit road for a significant wedge adjustment in the hopes of helping the tightness of his machine and help secure the rear of the car.
With long green flag runs and differences in pit strategy, the two-time XFINITY champion pitted multiple times during the 200-lap race to correct the tight handling condition but with it being so difficult to pass Stenhouse was forced to settle with a 26th-place finish.
Stenhouse Jr. and the No. 17 team travel to Bristol next weekend for some short track racing. In the spring, Stenhouse earned a fourth-place finish, his best finish of the season. The IRWIN Tools Night Race will be broadcast live on NBCSN with coverage beginning at 7:30 p.m. EST. The race can also be heard on PRN as well as Sirius channel 90.