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Ricky Stenhouse Jr.’s Victory a Boost for Once Struggling Roush Organization

(Photo Matthew T. Thacker / NKP)

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. grabbed his first career victory in the GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. It only came after years of struggling for Stenhouse and Roush Fenway Racing. Since his rookie season in 2013, there have been only 10 career top-five finishes and only 22 top 10s, or about 15 percent of his races. RFR as …

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Up to Speed: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Forges his own Path to Victory

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In the opening stages of Sunday’s GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway, it was evident that the memory of the 2016 Daytona 500 was fresh in everyone’s mind.  During that race, many of the Toyota drivers exhibited a highly-coordinated style of drafting that help Denny Hamlin secure the victory. On Sunday, as in this year’s Daytona …

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The Big 6: Questions After 2017 GEICO 500

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Who… gets the shoutout of the race? Jamie McMurray. He’s been known throughout his career as a guy who has a knack for winning the big races and excels on restrictor plate tracks. A Daytona 500 win in 2010 and a July victory at the World Center of Racing in 2007, plus two Talladega Superspeedway wins …

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Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Wins First Career Cup Series Race on Last Lap Pass

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

Beginning from the pole of the Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. led the opening 13 laps before getting shuffled out of line. With 29 laps to go, he got into the rear of Ryan Blaney, sending the No. 21 car around. But then he charged to the front. On a green-white-checkered finish …

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Stenhouse Takes Cup Series Pole at Talladega

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It’s been a long time, but Roush Fenway Racing and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. are climbing up the Cup Series ladder once again. Stenhouse earned just his second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career pole and first since his rookie season of 2013 Saturday at Talladega Superspeedway. In qualifying late Saturday afternoon, he positioned a surging RFR to …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: Does Etiquette Matter Edition

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This season’s low down force package may have had its best results yet with Sunday afternoon’s race at Richmond. There were multiple grooves early in the race and yes, tires were a big factor, too. So when what turned out to the final caution came out, some teams gambled and stayed out while others took …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Logano Pulls Richmond Robbery From Keselowski, Kenseth

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Who’s In The Headline It took pit strategy to get Joey Logano up front at Richmond International Raceway, but no one on the No. 22 team is complaining this Monday morning. Not when you have a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series trophy on your mantle. After a late caution, while restarting behind cars that stayed on …

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Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Rebounds from Early Crash, Earns Top-Five Finish

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Ricky Stenhouse Jr. started off the weekend at Richmond International Raceway about as best as he could, qualifying fourth on Friday. It didn’t take long into the 400-lap race, that he knew the No. 17 car was one of the best machines he had all season. On Lap 67, the weekend took a turn for …

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Matt Kenseth Gets His Season on the Right Track, Wins Pole at Richmond

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Entering the ninth race of the 2017 season, Matt Kenseth sits 20th in the championship standings, recording four top 10 finishes, but also having three finishes of 36th or worse. During qualifying at Richmond International Raceway on Friday, Kenseth won the pole, with a lap of 121.076 mph, hoping it can kick start his year. …

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NASCAR’s Top Talent Scouts: Who’s Got the No. 1 Draft Pick?

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NASCAR’s Dale Earnhardt Jr. news cycle finally got trumped in the sporting world by Thursday night’s NFL draft. As you read this, stories are popping up over names like Mitch Trubisky, Jabrill Peppers and I-can’t-remember-his-name-but-god-he-better-help-my-team. It’s a reminder for all that life must go on. At Hendrick Motorsports, those words ring truer than ever as it …

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