Concord, N.C. (May 19, 2013)- After fighting for a transfer spot in the Sprint Showdown, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. made his Sprint All-Star race debut in the 90-lap shootout with two million dollars on the line. After contact with the No. 55 in the second 20-lap segment, the two-time Nationwide Champion bullied his way through the field to earn a 16th-place finish in the final 10 lap segment.
“It was really cool to get in the All-Star race through the Showdown,” said Stenhouse. “I think we learned a lot for next week. We weren’t very good in the first segment of the Showdown but felt we were better the second and were getting better throughout the race. We made a lot of adjustments during the red flag that will give us a direction for next week. I learned a few things out there running the extra 90 laps which is huge. All in all, it was a great night for our Best Buy team and we’ll try to take everything we learned and be better next weekend.”
After being the fastest car in practice, the Olive Branch, Miss. native qualified fourth for the Sprint Showdown. With only the top-two cars advancing for the chance to race for one million dollars, Stenhouse maneuvered his Best Buy Ford up to second-place with 16 laps remaining in the Showdown.
Earning the transfer spot lined up the Best Buy Ford in the 21st-position for the 90-lap All-Star race which consists of four 20-laps segments and one final 10 lap showdown. Stenhouse was working his way up through the field before making contact with the No. 55 machine during the second segment, resulting in some repair on his machine, dropping him to the rear of the field for the next restart.
In the fourth segment, Stenhouse marched up into the eighth-position enhancing his average finish which calculated the starting line-up for the finale. After the final pit-stop, Stenhouse restarted in the 21st-position and bullied his way up through the field to earn a 16th-place finish when the final checkered flag waved.
Next up for Stenhouse and the No. 17 team is the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday, May 26. Race coverage begins at 5:30 p.m.on FOX. Coverage can also be heard on PRN and SIRIUS radio channel 90.