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MENCS: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Runs Strong Again at Talladega

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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series visited Talladega Superspeedway for the final time in 2018 on Sunday afternoon for the 1000bulbs.com 500 and one driver showed it’s become a successful track for him.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr., driver of the No. 17 Ford for Roush Fenway Racing continued to show how successful he is when it comes to racing at the likes of Talladega and Daytona.

Stenhouse who qualified his Sunny D Ford to a 12th place starting spot spent much of the day racing outside of the top-10 which isn’t the norm when it comes to Stenhouse and restrictor-plate tracks.

Stenhouse finished stage 1 in the 18th position, and stage 2 all the way back in 32nd and would fight for the lucky dog position at one time but would earn the free pass and work his way up to the 17th position with 16 laps to go.

A late caution with two laps remaining set up NASCAR overtime and Stenhouse could see the front of the pack from the 8th position in which he was scored in.

Stenhouse would make the most of his opportunity at the front and cross the finish line with a third-place finish.

“All in all, from the way our day started and all the adjustments we made we’ll definitely take that result, said Stenhouse.”

It was only Stenhouse’s third top-5 finish of the season with his other two coming at the Spring races of Talladega and Bristol, respectively.

It may not have been a normal race at Talladega for the 31-year old, but he continued to show it’s one of his best race tracks on the NASCAR schedule.

When the MENCS returns to Talladega in the Spring of 2019 remember to not count out the former winner.

In 11 starts at the 2.66-mile oval track Stenhouse has 1 win (Spring 2017), 5 top-5’s, and 7 top-10 finishes to go along with an average finish of 10.6.

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Sarah Handy is a NASCAR writer. You can find her on Twitter at @SarahHandy85. A college student studying Communications/Public Relations Field and an Electronics Associate at Walmart. Sarah enjoys tweeting about racing, running, reading, puzzles, video games, and photography. Born and raised in Rhode Island, Sarah avidly follows all major New England Teams (Patriots, Red Sox, Bruins & Celtics) as well as a huge fan of what she considers her “home track” New Hampshire Motor Speedway which she attends each year.

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