MARTINSVILLE, Va. (March 28, 2014) – Coming off his best career Sprint Cup finish (second) at the short track of Bristol Motor Speedway two weeks ago, Roush Fenway Racing’s Ricky Stenhouse Jr. moves into another half-mile oval with high hopes. Even though Martinsville Speedway holds a vastly different shape and presents completely different challenges than Bristol, Stenhouse and the team are optimistic for similar improvement on the short track.
Through five races in 2014, the team needs only one top 10 to equal its totals from last season at three and one top five to eclipse the mark set a season ago.
Last year was the first time the two-time NASCAR Nationwide Series champion had raced at the paper- clip shaped track at Martinsville. In both attempts in 2013, the 2013 rookie of the year was collected in accidents resulting in 31st and 25th -place finishes.
“Last year we were involved in other people’s accidents,” Stenhouse said. “I think if we can stay out of trouble then we should be able to have a solid finish. It is a long 500 laps, so you need to be there at the end.”
The STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway will be televised on Sunday at 1p.m. ET .on FOX. Coverage can also be heard on MRN and SIRIUSXM NASCAR Radio channel 90.
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