NASCAR America: Jarrett, Kligerman see bigger things from Stenhouse, Roush Fenway (video)


On Monday’s edition of NASCAR America, our analysts Parker Kligerman and NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Jarrett talked about the impressive win by Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Sunday at Talladega.

Sure, it was Stenhouse’s first career Cup win, but it was also so much more, both analysts said.

First, here’s what Kligerman had to say:

“There was a set of basically career-worthy moves throughout that last lap,” Kligerman said. “He had to block from the top to the bottom and then back to the top again. That is so tough to do.

“It was an absolutely incredible drive by Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and he fully deserved that win come the end.”

Jarrett was equally as complimentary about how Stenhouse’s win. But at the same time, this was not a fluke win by any means.

Rather, Jarrett said he’s not totally surprised by Stenhouse’s win because he and his team have been steadily building and improving, particularly this season.

“Confidence is the biggest thing a race car driver can have on his side,” Jarrett said. “When you get that, you can do a lot of good things.

“And that confidence came before that win yesterday. You could see he was starting to gain a lot of confidence in the organization – Roush Fenway was getting much better – and I think that gave him the opportunity that when he got there with a fast race car this weekend, this might be the opportunity that he needs to get to victory lane and get ourselves involved in the playoffs. He did a really good job.”

Where does Stenhouse and Roush Fenway Racing go from here?

“I think this is just another building block for this organization,” Jarrett said. “They’re not all the way back yet, but they’ve certainly made a lot of gains.

“This is a two-time Xfinity champion in Ricky Stenhouse Jr. that we’re talking about. We know he’s very, very talented, but he came to Roush Fenway in the Cup Series when they were in a little bit of a downturn.

“Now they’ve made that swing back and I expect a lot of good things to continue to happen for them.”