FORT WORTH, Texas (Nov. 4, 2013) – After qualifying in the top-10, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was one caution shy of getting back on the lead lap forcing him to settle for a 16th-place finish in Sunday’s AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.
“Definitely not the day or weekend we wanted,” Stenhouse said. “We came here and tested and felt confident coming into this weekend but we just missed something. After our tire troubles in the Nationwide race, we were a little wary coming into today. Proud of my guys, they did a great job on pit-road today. We only have two races remaining so we need some strong finishes to end the year.”
The Sprint Cup rookie of the year contender started in the ninth position and quickly maneuvered his Ford Ecoboost Fusion up to seventh before his machine got really loose causing him to fall back.
Tire wear was an issue for Stenhouse in the Nationwide race so the rookie chose to not push the issue with the ill-handling machine.
With less than 60 laps remaining in the 334 lap race, the two-time NASCAR Nationwide champion was sitting in the lucky dog position in hopes of a caution so he could get back on the lead lap but a much needed caution never came.
The duration of the race stayed green, Stenhouse was forced to settle for a 16th-place finish.
Next up for Stenhouse and the No. 17 team is the Advocare 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday, Nov. 10. Race coverage begins at 3:00 p.m. on ESPN. Coverage can also be heard on MRN and SIRIUS radio channel 90.