Stenhouse Takes the Win at TMS
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. drove into victory lane for the second time this season Friday night at Texas Motor Speedway in the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300.
Stenhouse started third, but quickly took the lead by passing Paul Menard on lap three. Stenhouse drove off to a large lead. At one point he was ahead of Menard by four seconds. Stenhouse held the lead until the first caution came out. His team had an issue on pit road that dropped him back to sixth. It took most of the race for Stenhouse to get back to the lead, but he got back at the right time. He took the lead again with about 20 laps to go and survived a restart with six laps left to go to victory lane. Both of Stenhouse's wins this season have come on 1.5 mile race tracks. His other win came at Las Vegas four weeks ago.
The win is Roush-Fenway Racing's fourth straight win at TMS. The other three wins were by Trevor Bayne and Carl Edwards who won two in a row.
Menard started the race on the pole and dominated the middle part of the race, but came up just short at the end. Menard said afterwards that he felt his team gave the win away.
Danica Patrick started the race in 17th, dropped back, went a lap down, and still finished eighth. Patrick's team put new tires on the car before the last restart with six laps to go. The fresh tires propelled her into the top 10.
The race was delayed twice do to electrical issues. The lights on the inside of the race track in turn three went out on two separate occassions. The track was forced to change a circuit breaker the second time the lights went out, resulting in a six-minute long red flag. There was no more issues after the track changed the circuit breaker.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.