Published: Sun, May 14, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

MS native Ricky Stenhouse Jr. wins first NASCAR Cup race

MS native Ricky Stenhouse Jr. wins first NASCAR Cup race

He is three-time victor of this race, last winning in 2015.

All eyes are on NASCAR's favorite son as he races Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway, a place where he's adored by the fans and expected to win every time he gets in his Chevrolet. There was so much going on. 2 times for 14 laps; C. Bowyer 3 times for 10 laps; J. Logano 1 time for 10 laps; T. Bayne 1 time for 5 laps; M. Kenseth 1 time for 4 laps; T. Dillon # 1 time for 3 laps; J. Johnson 1 time for 3 laps; E. Sadler (i) 1 time for 2 laps; R. Newman 2 times for 2 laps; P. Menard 1 time for 1 lap.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. lined up third for a restart on Lap 174 of Sunday's GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway, after a massive 18-car wreck on the backstretch thinned the field. Jamie McMurray barely edged out Kyle Busch to finish second, while Aric Almirola and Kasey Kahne rounded out the top five.

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The Talladega victory was such a sweet redemption for Stenhouse, a MS native who considers it his home track.

"I'm fine. I'm happy I didn't get hit upside down". We had a lot packed in here at Talladega and it felt old school. It's been really fun to drive, real special.

It was the first victory for Roush Fenway Racing since Carl Edwards at Sonoma in 2014. With this being his final season, he certainly will be looking to go hard at a track like Talladega.

"He just apologized. I don't know that it was really his fault per se", Elliott said of Allmendinger. Talladega is an anomaly on the Cup schedule, but it rarely fails to disappoint.

"Everything that I know about racing I learned from him, and I'm glad that he was able to be here in Victory Lane". So far. Stenhouse has a pair of top-five finishes and four top-10s.

Kyle Larson battled back from a cut tire just 15 laps into the 188-lap event to finish 12th.

There's a reason why the term the "Big One" only exists in Talladega and Daytona. "I mean, obviously, he qualified on the pole, but at the beginning of the race when he was leading (the first 13 laps), I was thinking he was either going to stay in the lead, or something bad might happen". He wound up finishing 22nd.

"It wouldn't have made it to the end, and that would have been pretty catastrophic". Because he was a young driver trying to make it in the big leagues with a team on a rapid descent into mediocrity, Stenhouse had little chance to stand on his own. For Stenhouse. For his father, who was nearly arrested trying to climb a fence to cross the track to get to his son in his biggest moment. That's where things got a little complicated. He has a total of six wins in his career at Talladega. "He goes down, he tries to find a way to get across the track".

Apparently, this wasn't the first attempt by Stenhouse's father to climb a fence. He begins running down outside of the perimeter road of turn No. 3 outside the venue.

"He wants to go through the tunnel (under the track) and get in here". It's cool to get Jack Roush back in Victory Lane.

"My dad has done so much for me in my career", Stenhouse said. It's a title that has visibly irritated him when asked about it by the press, but one he feels will not be the main way people view his Jack Roush Racing team moving forward.

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