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Stenhouse Looks for Short Track Success at Martinsville Speedway

Stenhouse Looks for Short Track Success at Martinsville Speedway

March 31, 2017

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and the No. 17 Fastenal Blue Team will be at Martinsville Speedway this weekend for the running of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series STP 500.  The Blue Team hits the track on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. EST, tune in to FS1 for the live racing action. 

TV Schedule

SATURDAY, APRIL 1: ON TRACK -- 10-10:55 a.m.: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice, FS1 -- 1:30-2:20 p.m.: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series final practice, FS1

SUNDAY, APRIL 2: ON TRACK -- 2 p.m.: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series STP 500 (500 laps, 263 miles), FS1

ADVANCE NOTES

Stenhouse Jr. at Martinsville Speedway Stenhouse has eight Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) starts at Martinsville with an average starting position of 24.0.

Last time at Martinsville After gaining six positions in the opening laps, the Fastenal Ford wheel hopped on lap 21 sending Ricky Stenhouse Jr. for a spin. The damage was too sufficient for the crew to repair, resulting in a 40th-place finish.

In the Points After five races, Stenhouse sits in the 24th position in the driver point standings, just 28 points out of 16th place.   Virginia Natives Two members of the Blue Team grew up close to Martinsville Speedway. Engine tuner Jonathan Salmons was raised in Bassett, Virginia which is approximately 15 miles north of Martinsville Speedway. Veteran truck driver DeWayne Zirkle is from Roanoke, Virginia which is approximately an hour north of the track.

On the Car Fastenal is currently in its sixth season as a primary partner in the MENCS for Roush Fenway. They spent three years on the No. 99 before jumping over to the No. 17 entry, and were the primary partner on the No. 60 XFINITY team that captured the owner’s championship in 2011.

Stenhouse Jr. on racing at Martinsville:

“Martinsville is a difficult half-mile track that I have struggled at in the past. I’m going to spend some time this week in the simulator to get more comfortable with the feel of the track. It’s a long race, so I need to remind myself to be patient. My crew chief Brian Pattie really likes Martinsville, so hopefully I can learn some things from him and can earn a solid finish this weekend.” ?

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