No major consequences on practice session incident with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. at Pocono

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Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: "I owe the guys dinner now."

Ricky Stenhouse Jr., driver of the No. 17 Zest Ford Fusion, was involved in a single car incident during the opening 10 minutes of the first practice session at Pocono Raceway Friday morning. Stenhouse explained what happened that had his crew working to repair damage to his car.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Roush Fenway Racing Ford
Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Roush Fenway Racing Ford

Photo by: Action Sports Photography

RICKY STENHOUSE JR., No. 17 Zest Ford Fusion – “I had my hands full there. I thought the guys were going to have to bring me out the backup on that one for sure. I was just getting used to this racetrack. Last time here was the first time I ever downshifted really at an oval so I was getting used to that.

I didn’t downshift the first five laps through the tunnel turn but then I said, ‘Hey, I am going to downshift here and see if we can get a little extra speed.’ I downshifted a little too early and it jumped out from under me.

I thought we were bringing a backup out but we got lucky and scraped the right rear. I owe the guys dinner now. I told them anytime I scrape the wall I owe them dinner, so now I owe them another dinner.”

BUT YOU WON’T HAVE TO GO TO A BACKUP CAR? “No, they will be able to get it patched up. I got lucky and didn’t mess it up as bad as I thought it was going to be. These guys are good. They will get me back out there.”

Ford Racing

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Series NASCAR-CUP
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Tags ford, nascar-cup, pocono, stenhouse jr.