Devil's Bowl: Ricky Stenhouse Jr race report

Stenhouse Jr. teaches the Devil the Mississippi two step! (3/19/05 Mesquite, TX) The young fast Phnom from Olive Branch, MS did not look like a driver that had never raced the Fast High banks of the Devil bowl in his inaugural ...

Stenhouse Jr. teaches the Devil the Mississippi two step!

(3/19/05 Mesquite, TX) The young fast Phnom from Olive Branch, MS did not look like a driver that had never raced the Fast High banks of the Devil bowl in his inaugural appearance at the 32nd annual Spring Nationals on Friday and Saturday. Friday started with SJr. drawing pil 32 and starting 5th in the first heat on a very very heavy race track. Before the green could fly however the youngster already gained some luck.

The driver in starting position #3 could not fire and that moved the #40R to 3rd starting position which is where he would stay holding off a hard charging 4th place runner. As the rest of the heats finished up SJr would find himself the 12th place starter in the "A"main. The track was still heavy and tacky at the drop of the green. For much of the night the pack ran follow the leader but Ricky found a low line in turns 1-2 and high line in 3-4 and he began moving forward. At the drop of the checkers the novice to the Devil's bowl found himself finishing 8th and neck and neck with last years ASCS Points Champion Gary Wright.

"The track was heavy that was for sure." SJr commented, "But dad and Mike gave me a terrific car. We had a terrific motor and as I played with different lines I found one that let me get runs on other cars and pass. This place is very very fast just the way I like it."

Again on Saturday the youngsters luck would stay the same. Ricky drew the #9 pil and the 2nd starting position in Heat 2. The track was in much better shape and even faster than Friday. At the drop of the green in the heat Ricky got a good jump but the 7m was quicker and relegated the young fast Phnom to 2nd. He held the car in that position to the drop of the green and lo and behold he would once again start 12th in the "A" main.

At the drop of the green SJr matted the "Go Foot Rest" and was on the move. Using pretty much the same line he used the previous night he began picking off cars one by one until he was up to 7th when the unthinkable happened "Caution". On the restart Ricky got caught behind a lapped car and in an effort to avoid taking them both out let off the gas and was passed by 3 cars. Not phased SJr jumped back on with both feet and passed the 9th place runner before the checkers and grabbed 9th for his 2nd consecutive top 10 finish at the Devil's bowl.

"We did not need that caution." the youngster said. "I was in a zone and picking em off one by one. The car was just incredible we could run low or high and just go. Dad gave me one outstanding horse. The Fast Effects/LoMax Insulation/Lunati Cranks/Sander Engineering/DynoTech Racing Engines/J&J Chassis just went wherever I put it. I can't wait to come back to this place this fall."

The team will make it's next appearance at Batesville, AR with the World of Outlaws then the next night to the high banks in Pevely, MO at I-55 for another Outlaw show.

-pwj-

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