Roush Fenway Racing driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (No. 17) pulled off an impressive win at last weekend’s Coke Zero 400 in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup. The race, held at Daytona International Speedway, was slowed by a race-record 14 cautions, the last of which sent the race into overtime.
“This is awesome!” Stenhouse remarked after the race. “I’ve been coming here since 2008. I actually came in 2006 one time with Bobby Hamilton Jr., and it’s cool to put it in Victory Lane and get our second win this year. I love it! Thank you to the fans for coming out here. Everyone at NASCAR. What a great weekend. America! 1776! We are the champs!”
The Coke Zero 400 marks Stenhouse’s second win this Monster Energy NASCAR Cup season, the first taking place at the Geico 500 at Talladega in May. He’s currently in 16th in the contest for the driver’s title.
Fellow Ford driver Clint Bowyer (No. 14) of Stewart-Haas Racing landed on the podium in second, with Chevrolet driver Paul Menard (No. 27) of Richard Childress Racing taking up the remaining spot. Bowyer, who also finished second at the previous weekend’s Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway, was displeased with the result, saying: “This bridesmaid deal sucks. I want to win. We’re in this business to win. That’s what [team owners Tony Stewart and Gene Haas] pay me to do.”