NASCAR America: Ricky Stenhouse Jr.’s win elevates Roush Fenway Racing


Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is comfortably in the playoffs after scoring his second victory of the season last weekend at Daytona International Speedway.

“This does wonders for Roush Racing,” NASCAR America’s Kyle Petty said. “This was a team that was becoming an afterthought, a footnote in NASCAR history it almost seemed like over the last couple of years. But those guys have worked really hard.”

Stenhouse’s win at Daytona – his second of the season – marks the first time since 2014 that the organization has won multiple races in the same season.

“When you go back-to-back at the superspeedways, show the dominance he has, I think they’re here to stay,” NASCAR America’s Steve Letarte said. “Now, it’s plan ahead to the playoffs.”

The key, Petty said, is for the organization to be better at the 1.5-mile tracks. Stenhouse has not finished better than 11th in a race on a 1.5-mile track this season. Five of the 10 tracks in the playoffs are 1.5-mile tracks – Chicagoland Speedway, Kansas Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway and Homestead-Miami Speedway, which hosts the championship race.

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NASCAR America: Looking back at Cup winners this year (video)

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The NASCAR Cup Series is through 19 racers. There are 17 more races to be contested, including seven before the Cup playoffs.

It’s been a rough time for many and a successful time for a select few.

There’s still plenty of racing to go. Who will see their name added to the list of winners in 2017 and, more importantly, who still wins a race to make it in the playoffs?

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NASCAR America: Can Team Penske get back on track in Indianapolis? (video)

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Roger Penske is used to winning at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He owns a record 16 Indy 500 victories there.

But Penske still has yet to win a Brickyard 400 at IMS. While in other years, Team Penske’s chances may have been stronger, coming into the 2017 Brickyard 400 is a whole other ballgame.

Joey Logano has struggled terribly in the last 10 races. Since winning at Richmond (which was eventually encumbered due to a post-race inspection penalty), Logano has had seven finishes of 21st through 37th. He’s also dropped from fifth to 13th in the standings.

Teammate Brad Keselowski has had his own struggles, dropping from third to eighth in the standings.

The biggest problem that seems to be impacting Team Penske is a lack of speed, more so on Logano’s car, but an issue nonetheless for both cars.

Can Team Penske snap out of its funk and find the speed it’s been missing Sunday, and potentially give Captain Penske his first NASCAR Cup win at the track that means so much to him?

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NASCAR America: Kyle Busch needs to be aware of Martin Truex Jr. at Brickyard (video)

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Kyle Busch is well aware of his wins drought, not having won in his last 36 Cup starts.

But he also gains confidence and optimism from having won the last two Brickyard 400s.

So how will that impact the weekend?

On Friday’s NASCAR America, Dale Jarrett said Indy “plays into Busch’s hand,” but also to look out for Martin Truex Jr.

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NASCAR America: Significance of winning at Indianapolis (video)

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On Friday’s edition of NASCAR America, two-time Brickyard 400 winner and NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Jarrett and Brickyard-winning crew chief Slugger Labbe, who led Paul Menard to a Brickyard 400 win, both discussed the importance of winning at Indianapolis Motor Speedway — as well as how to do it.

Check out the video above.