Ricky Stenhouse Jr. isn’t satisfied with the result in Michigan despite starting off from a reasonable 7th spot.
A lack of grip & a spin saw Stenhouse’s support stagnated a lot of positions down towards the back end of the field.
Stenhouse got off to a brilliant start in 7th place thanks to his qualifying run.
Though, his front end of the No.17 began to go loose which saw Stenhouse battle down in 10th.
So, Stenhouse’s Crew Chief Brian Pattie ringed his crew to add an air pressure adjustment during the competition caution stop.
He restarted immediately in 15th, but there are no signs of progress from the car this time around.
And with no grip gained, Stenhouse’s car looked unbalanced with a 27th place finish at the end of Stage 1.
To try & take on a different mindset, Stenhouse just only took fuel during the stage break.
But, his position remained down below in 25th.
Stenhouse managed to survive the spin from Daniel Suarez with 34 laps left in Stage 2.
However, Stenhouse chose to pit twice under yellow.
It’s because the nose on the right side has a hole that sustained with debris on Stenhouse’s car.
The No.17 Crew managed to fix the small hole on time before coming home in 25th towards the halfway mark.
Stenhouse’s crew rechecked his car to strengthen another air pressure adjustment to ensure he finishes out as high as he can.
But sadly, his run has turned from bad to worse on Lap 129.
Kasey Kahne went loose towards the bottom line before clipping Stenhouse’s left rear bumper & spun out at Turn 2.
That caused right rear damage to Stenhouse’s No,17 Ford Fusion from the scene.
With heavy rain halted the on-track activity, NASCAR officials have called the race official after completing both stages.
Stenhouse finished off with a problematic 29th place finish at Michigan.
FireKeepers Casino 400 Loop Data Stats
- Start: 7th
- Middle: 18th
- Finish: 29th
- Highest Run: 7th
- Lowest Spot: 32nd
- Average Position: 22nd
- Pass Difference: -8
- Green Flag Passes: 31, Times Passed: 39
- Quality Passes: 3, 9.7%
- Top 15 Laps: 26, 19.6%
- Total Laps: 133
- Driver Rating: 58.4
Stenhouse’s 2018 Season So Far.
- 15 Starts
- 4540 of 4695 Laps Completed, 98.8%
- 59 Laps Led
- Highest Starting Spot & Finish: 4th, April 2018 in Bristol
- Two Top 5s, 13.3%
- Three Top 10 finishes, 20%
- Average Start: 13.1 & Finish: 18.2
- DNF: Two, Crash (Daytona 500) & Suspension (Texas)
- He currently sits 16th in the Drivers’ Standings with 327 Points.
- 29th, Daytona 500
- 16th, Atlanta
- 14th, Las Vegas
- 23rd, Phoenix
- 18th, Fontana
- 37th, Martinsville
- 25th, Texas
- 4th, Bristol
- 23rd, Richmond
- 5th, Talladega
- 15th, Dover
- 11th, Kansas
- 10th, Charlotte
- 14th, Pocono
- 29th, Michigan
It’s a tough day for Ricky Stenhouse Jr. as lack of grip eventually saw him lost a lot of positions.
Even worse at no fault of his own, losing control around at Turn 2 sealed a weekend that Stenhouse didn’t expect.
Though, Stenhouse isn’t giving up with the help of his Crew Chief Brian Pattie & Spotter Mike Herman Jr.
He has an off-break right now including Father’s Day this weekend.
But, Stenhouse will go back to work immediately to work on the pros & cons at the Roush Fenway race shop.
Then, Trevor Bayne will re-join Stenhouse for the first time since Dover when they head to Sonoma Raceway next weekend.
Stenhouse & his crew desperately need a balanced No.17 Ford Fusion to keep up to date with the front-runners & seal a Top 10 finish.
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