Stenhouse held off what appeared to be the entire field on the last lap of overtime to hold on for the victory at Talladega after getting a big draft boost from Jimmy Johnson.
"They called our director of security, and our security guy said, 'Take him to Victory Lane, '" Branham said. "So it's disappointing. I was having a hard time figuring out what I needed to do or what we were missing there for most of the race". But on the final lap Stenhouse got the run he needed and darted around the No. 18 vehicle to get himself to Victory Lane - for the first time.
"This is the closest race track to my hometown (Stenhouse is a MS native), and man, the fans were out here this weekend". "And I'm glad that he was able to be here in Victory Lane". "We beat some good ones today".
Danica Patrick is so proud of her boyfriend, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. The organization, now named "Roush Fenway Racing" after half the company was purchased by Boston Red Sox ownership, has won 136 races at the sport's highest level, but none since 2014, until Stenhouse and his team took advantage of Talladega's unpredictable nature.
It's nearly race time at Talladega Superspeedway, as the 2017 installment of the GEICO 500 begins at 1 p.m.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (17) pits during the Camping World 500 auto race at Talladega Superspeedway, Sunday, May 7, 2017, in Talladega, Ala.
"He got a push off of [Turn] 2, I guess, and he got to my back bumper and actually hit me", Busch said. But anytime we got a bit close to the front, those guys around me were just a little stronger to do things to put us in some bad spots and drop us back to the back. We did all we could here today. "Everything that I've learned is from him, and you know, making sure that you have the right people around you is one of the things that he's all about, making sure that you have people that respect you, that will do anything for you, and man, he sacrificed a lot for me and my career". After a tap from the No. 47 Chevrolet of AJ Allmendinger, the No. 24 Chevy of Chase Elliott turned sideways across traffic on the backstretch. Allmendinger was subsequently flipped by Logano and remained upside down for upwards of five minutes before safety crew extricated him. All drivers involved walked away uninjured. It's Stenhouse Jr.'s first pole win since 2013. The Grand Prix of Indianapolis will be run on the Speedway road course for the fourth time next weekend and after that the focus turns to the 101 running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 28.
In other words, only Team Penske had each of its drivers in the top tier of contenders on Sunday, and that was prior to the Lap 169 crash shook up the field. I thought I had a flat tire. "This has been a really good track for me", said McMurray, a two-time victor at Tallladega. "We just kind of get stuck side-by-side too easy, so it's harder to make passes and create passes".
"I'm not real sure", said Ricky Stenhouse Jr., NASCAR's newest victor, when asked to recall his final pass for the lead at Talladega on Sunday.
Denny Hamlin started his No. 11 FedEx Toyota in the first position after pitting two-laps prior to the completion of stage one.
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