Kansas City, Kan. (Oct. 7, 2013) – After qualifying on the outside pole, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. ran consistently in the top-10 before making slight contact with the outside wall forcing him to settle for a 30th-place finish in Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400.
“We fought hard all day but the car was just loose,” Stenhouse said. “The tire didn’t put much rubber on the track which made the top groove really hard to pass. We really had high hopes coming into the weekend after leading here in the spring, but after contact with the outside wall our day was ruined. “
The Sprint Cup rookie of the year contender started on the outside of the front row and consistently ran in the top-10 for the first 100 of the 267 lap race, but as the race progressed his machine kept getting looser as the clouds rolled in and the temperature dropped.
With less than 100 laps remaining, the two-time Nationwide champion made slight contact with the outside wall bringing him to pit-road multiple times for repair. Still on the lead lap and in the 32nd position, Stenhouse quickly maneuvered his Ford Ecoboost Fusion into the top-10 within 60 laps.
After another mishap with the outside wall and a flat left rear tire, Stenhouse took the checkered flag in the 30th-position.
Next up for Stenhouse and the No. 17 team is the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday, Oct. 12. Race coverage begins at 7:30p.m.on ABC. Coverage can also be heard on PRN and SIRIUS radio channel 90.