Martinsville, Va. (Oct. 28, 2013) – After coming off a third place finish at Talladega, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. had high hopes heading into Sunday’s Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway. Running a pink paint scheme to support October’s Breast Cancer awareness month, the Sprint Cup rookie battled back to earn a 31st-place finish in his pink ‘Driven for a Cause’ Ford after being collected in an accident on lap six
“Today was long and tough,” Stenhouse said. “After testing here a couple of weeks ago, we had high expectations going in to today’s race. I felt like it was déjà vu of the spring race because we got caught up in an accident early on and never could bounce back. Needless to say, I am looking forward to getting to Texas.”
After making contact with the wall in Friday’s practice session which caused slight cosmetic damage to his machine, the two-time Nationwide champion qualified in the 20th-position for his second career start at the paper-clip shaped half-mile track.
Before the rookie could move up through the field, the No. 31 car spun on lap six stacking up the field behind him. The No. 38 machine shoved Stenhouse into the car ahead of him mangling the nose of the pink ‘Driven for a Cause’ Ford.
After numerous pit-stops to repair the nose and a 500-lap race full of cautions, the Olive Branch, Mississippi native took the checkered flag in the 31st-position.
Next up for Stenhouse and the No. 17 team is the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday, November 3. Race coverage begins at 3:00 p.m. EST on ESPN. Coverage can also be heard on PRN and SIRIUS radio channel 90.