BROOKLYN, Mich. (June 15, 2014)- In the backyard of Ford Motor Company and Roush Industries, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was involved in a lap six accident damaging the right rear fender of his No. 17 Ecopower Re-Refined Oil Ford. The two-time NASCAR Nationwide Series champion battled back to take the checkered flag in the 27th position in Sunday’s Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway.
“This is the story of our season,” Stenhouse said. “I felt like our Ecopower Ford was going to be good but I got into the wall avoiding the accident and damaged the fender which ruined our day. My guys never gave up and kept trying to fix our car. Next week we race our first road course this season so hopefully we can have a solid finish at Sonoma to turn our season around.”
The Olive Branch, Miss. native started the 200-lap race in the 30th position and quickly gained four positions on the first lap before the yellow flag was displayed. On the next restart, cars collided ahead of the Ecopower machine causing the 2013 Sprint Cup Rookie of the Year to make contact with the outside retaining wall.
After numerous pit stops to repair the right rear fender throughout the race, Stenhouse was forced to settle with a 27th-place finish.
Next up for Stenhouse and the No. 17 team is the Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway on Sunday, June 22. Race coverage begins at 3 p.m. ET on TNT. Coverage can also be heard on P¬¬RN and SIRIUS radio channel 90.