It’s 17 days to go until the Daytona 500 starts as we turn the attention of the driver who drove this number for years.
You know it, his name is Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
It will be his seventh year that Stenhouse will be in the No.17 Ford Mustang for Roush Fenway Racing.
There is three good looking paint scheme where Stenhouse will put his cap on several partners throughout the year.
The Fifth Third Bank & SunnyD design looks almost as identical from last year.
But Fastenal’s livery in 2019 has added some black on the front and side panel bodies rather than white.
Overall, these three designs stand out with the best photography presentation should Stenhouse be in victory lane anytime soon.
Let’s move onto the competition side of things.
Stenhouse will benefit from the competition from experienced Cup racer Ryan Newman in the sister No.6 machine.
That way Stenhouse can help battle himself and Newman towards achieving regular Top 10s together.
Even a race win or two would represent RFR’s case of returning to its former glory.
It’s something that RFR missed the lack of fierce competition in recent years when Carl Edwards and Greg Biffle were around.
Though, the return of Matt Kenseth regrouped the No.6 Team back to its full strength towards the 2nd half of 2018.
So Stenhouse will have no problems getting the job done as he seeks to become a Playoff contender & race winner once again since 2017.
Where will Stenhouse end up this year?
Not only Stenhouse will thrive at big superspeedways and short tracks considering the bulk of the Top 10s he achieved last year:
- 4th, Bristol
- 5th, Talladega 1
- 10th, Charlotte
- 9th, Dover
- 3rd, Talladega 2
But he will focus beyond those two best strengths and go for the best start as possible within the Top 10.
Then keep doing that every week to guarantee himself of staying within the Top 16 Playoffs boat.
Even though if he wins a race beforehand or inside it, Stenhouse can give his full shot in the Playoffs.
So advancing the first two to three rounds would be enough for Stenhouse to finish within the Top 10-15 Drivers’ Standings.
As long as Stenhouse reaches that desired target, then he will call it a great season to bounce back.
Stenhouse & the No.17 RFR Team will put every effort in to move ahead of others as quick as they can.
As long as this No.17 Mustang has the fastest car & avoids wrecks, Stenhouse can back up this statement and go for consistent Top 7-10 every race weekend.
He’s here to prove fans wrong that Stenhouse still has plenty to offer to make RFR back up and running again.
At 31 years old, Stenhouse is one of the established Cup drivers that everyone has seen over the past five years.
Now, Stenhouse will make 2019 his breakthrough year with plenty of support from his crew and sponsors to achieve more significant heights.
He can carry his predecessor of Matt Kenseth & the No.17 numberplate legacy when Kenseth first passed the baton to Stenhouse back in 2013.
Well, Stenhouse’s still here with unfinished business to emulate Kenseth’s achievements between now and the next few years before he joins an elite group that became a household name in this organization.
You cannot deny Stenhouse when there’s still plenty of time to deliver himself & Jack Roush more trophies in victory lane.
And that journey continues when Stenhouse enters his eighth Daytona 500 start in 17 days.
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