NASCAR Star Ricky Stenhouse Jr Charges from the Back to Make Impressive Run at Chili Bowl Nationals

Published 01/16/2021, 1:11 PM EST
FORT WORTH, TX – APRIL 16: Ricky Stenhouse Jr., driver of the #6 CitiFinancial Ford, stands next to his car during practice for the NASCAR Nationwide Series O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 16, 2010 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by John Harrelson/Getty Images for NASCAR)


The Chili Bowl Nationals is currently underway, and Ricky Stenhouse Jr is in fine form. The NASCAR driver had a mixed day in the office after a crash in his heat race. Later on, he clawed his way up the field and eventually made it to the A-main event by finishing 3rd.

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Meanwhile, Justin Grant won the feature race ahead of Kyle Cummins and booked their spots in the A-main event. With that, the 3 of them join defending champion Kyle Larson, as well as 3-time champion Christopher Bell.

PHOENIX – APRIL 09: Ricky Stenhouse Jr., driver of the #6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford, looks on from the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Nationwide Series Bashas’ Supermarkets 200 at Phoenix International Raceway on April 9, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images for NASCAR)

During the heat race, Stenhouse became an innocent victim of a massive crash and could only muster 7th. In the C-main event, he managed to climb up to 4th and advanced to the B-main.

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Unfortunately, he had it all to do in 16th place to try to qualify for the A-main event.

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Aside from Ricky Stenhouse Jr, how did the other NASCAR drivers fare?

Speaking about his race, Ricky Stenhouse Jr said, “I felt really good. Was really bummed that we didn’t get a chance in the heat race. We could have really come forward.

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“After that, it was really about figuring out how we could claw our way back and not have to wake up so early. Every car you pass is probably 20 more minutes you get to sleep in.”

Nevertheless, Stenhouse Jr insisted that he had a lot of fun. At the end of the day, he warned that he will not be comfortable out on the track until he crosses the chequered flag.

On Friday night, many NASCAR-affiliated racers were in red hot form. Defending ARCA Menards Series West champion, Jesse Love placed 7th in the A-main.

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J. J. Yeley won his B-main race and finished 9th in the A-main. Kasey Kahne finished 14th in the A-main race. Finally, Justin Allgaier finished 13th in his B-main, failing to finish that race.

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