Ricky Stenhouse Jr Winters Nationals news

Stenhouse, Jr crew rises to challenge for good run at Winter Nationals. (Tampa Bay, Fl 1/31/05) Young fast Phnom Ricky Stenhouse, Jr found the trip to the beach in Tampa both challenging and rewarding. On opening night the Fast Effects/J&J ...

Stenhouse, Jr crew rises to challenge for good run at Winter Nationals.

(Tampa Bay, Fl 1/31/05) Young fast Phnom Ricky Stenhouse, Jr found the trip to the beach in Tampa both challenging and rewarding. On opening night the Fast Effects/J&J Chassis/Dyno Tech/Lomax Insulation/Kross Cleaners sprint qualified 13th and came through the "B" main in 7th to qualify for the A. During the A on a dry slick track and some contact the Olive Branch, MS native brought the car home 12th and in the hunt.

Friday in Tampa brought the rains and track officials called the race with a double header for Saturday. With the sun bearing down on a fast sticky track Ricky's car was tight and he qualified 14th. The car was looser in the heat but with track conditions changing he missed the A with a finish of 6th. That is when the crew consisting of Ricky's dad Rick Sr., Jeff Buckner, Ricky Burns and Mike O'Sullivan went to work and put a rocket under the youngster. S Jr, started 9th in the B and within 5 laps he was in 3rd bearing down on Darren Stewart. Cautions and a very dry slick track that was taking rubber made it "follow the leader" and the red 40R came home 3rd.

The "A" saw the youngster start 20th behind the Canadian Leprechaun Cody Geldart and at the drop of the cars checked up going into 1 and the good fortunes for S. Jr. came to an end. With no where to go he careened into the 6G of Geldart causing Geldart to take a header S Jr. airborne briefly. When the car set down the front axle was broken the top wing damaged and the front nose wing destroyed. Never one to stop S Jr. and crew went to work quickly to get the car able to roll out at the first caution and with minutes the yellow flew and out they went. The car was fast but without the nose wing S. Jr finished 20th and became hungry for Saturday night.

Track officials went to work as did the crew of S. Jr. The front end was swapped for new, the top wing put back together masterfully by Rick Sr. and a new nose wing bolted on. Once again the car was FAST! S. Jr. finished 2nd in the 3rd heat despite the rubbing and hesitant starts of Terry McCarl. With this finish and standing in the points the fast Phnom would start 13th in the "A". The crew made some minor adjustments and it was time for the youngster to show why he was here.

When the green dropped S. Jr was hard on the loud pedal and set on moving forward. With TX veteran Gary Wright setting a blistering pace the young S. Jr moved up to 11th when Wright rubbed the wall and brought out a caution. "That was a good break for us." said Ricky, "I knew he was coming and wasn't sure if I could hold him off. I like longer races the car comes to me the longer we run."

It came to him all right as on the first lap of the restart the youngster put a slide job on Kelly Kinser and moved to 10th in another 4 laps he was 9th and on the move when the caution flew again for a spin in turn 4. Only 2 laps remained and Kelly Kinser wanted to repay the favor but when the green dropped and foot through the floor board the Fast Effects red 40R set sail and left Kinser sandblasted. When the checkers fell the youngster found himself 9th much to the light of an exhausted crew.

"My crew is AWESOME! They are AWESOME!" said S. Jr. "Nobody got down, they just bucked down jumped in and when they were done we had one fast car. I want to thank my Dad, Jeff, Ricky and Mike for the hard work and confidence in me to Git-R-Done! I can't wait until we get to Volusia. My dad has built a HOSS and we are ready to show it off." Ricky's dad owns and operates Dyno Tech Racing Engines.

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Series Sprint
Drivers Darren Stewart