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Just like that Roush is back! Ricky Stenhouse Jr. took the owner that stood by him for 158 races to victory lane for the first time since 2013. This is Stenhouse’s first career win and he did it from pole on Sunday beating Kyle Busch to the checkered after a green-white-checker.
Going into Sunday everyone with a brain and eyes in the garage knew the Ford powered cars had speed. Penske cars once again led the way for the blue oval at Talladega but after they were caught up in the big one it to Stewart Haas and Roush. Stenhouse had a ton of speed all weekend, especially after beating Dale Jr. to the pole by .200. No one expected him to put it all together on Sunday and walk away with that billon pound trophy.
After getting some damage and patching it up the #17 made their way through the field meticulously, not putting a wheel wrong the rest of the day. On the final restart Stenhouse was given a shot at the win from the front row. Jimmie Johnson stayed behind the 17 pushing him to the lead and the #17 wouldn’t be denied. Stenhouse went on to hold off Kyle Busch and Jamie McMurray at the line for his first career win.
It Has Been A Long Road
Stenhouse has been racing full time in the Cup series since 2013. That’s 158 races he’s been in since joining the highest level of NASCAR and today was finally his first win. The last time Stenhouse had a win in NASCAR was an Xfinity win at Kansas in 2012 on his way to a second Xfinity Championship. The last time Roush as a team won a cup race you have to go back 101 races to Sonoma 2014 where Carl Edwards took the checkered flag.
It wasn’t that long ago in the fall of 2014 that Ricky Stenhouse failed to qualify for the second Talladega race. A pretty low point for the #17 team and Stenhouse. After his win today Stenhouse said he hopes to model his next 150 races after Joey Logano. If you remember Logano had a terrible time with Joe Gibbs Racing. He then joined Team Penske where he really turned it around his next 150 races.
Regardless this is huge for Stenhouse and that whole Roush organization who deserve to have something good happen to them after all of their struggles the past few years. Plus you and your girlfriend can’t combine for 400 starts and have no wins, that’s absurd.
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