Brooklyn, Mich. (June 14, 2013) – In the backyard of Roush Industries and Ford Motor Company, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. qualified 15th for Sunday’s Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway.
“We only got one good qualifying run in practice so I think that kind of hurt us a little bit,” Stenhouse said after his qualifying attempt. “We bottomed out and then went back out and we were really loose in practice so all in all I think it was a good pickup for us. We picked up almost four-and-a-half tenths which isn’t too bad. We just needed a little more overall grip but all in all we will take that.”
“I feel like we had a good car in race trim in practice. We will go to work tomorrow and see if we can get it dialed in. That was a heck of a lap by Carl (Edwards). It is really cool to see a Ford on top of the board at Ford’s home track. The engines are running really well and we are working hard to get the speed in these things. It is a smooth, fast racetrack where we have typically been fast. It is like Kansas, smooth and fast. We are looking for another good run like we had at Kansas.”
The No. 17 team had one practice session on Friday afternoon to get the No. 17 Zest Ford Fusion dialed in for qualifying. The two-time NASCAR Nationwide Champion finished the first practice session in the 20th- position after battling a loose condition for a majority of the practice.
The Sprint Cup Rookie of the Year contender was the 34th car to take to the track for his qualifying effort. The No. 17 Zest Ford Fusion posted a fast lap time of 36.043 seconds (199.761 mph) around the two-mile track earning Stenhouse the 15th -starting position for Sunday’s 400-mile race.
The Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway will be televised on Sunday, June 16 starting at 1:00 p.m. EST on TNT, with radio coverage presented by the Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SIRIUS radio channel 90.