Stenhouse talks ACS, reflects on PIR

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Ricky Stenhouse Jr. pre-race at Phoenix International Raceway.

By Dominic Aragon
March 14, 2015

FONTANA, Calif.—Entering the fifth race of the 2016 Sprint Cup season, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. talked about his Phoenix race and this weekend’s race Friday.

After a melted bead on Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway, Stenhouse’s 37th place effort dropped the driver seven position in points, below the Chase cutline.

Stenhouse sits 18th in driver standings, seven points behind the Chase cutoff. The highest points ranked Roush Fenway Racing driver talked about his outlook at Auto Club Speedway.

“I feel good,” Stenhouse said to Ford Performance. “I think we learned a lot from Phoenix on things we can do to make our car better, but not have issues like we did. The things that we take away from last weekend is how can we not blow a right-front tire next time.

“The good news is we had really good speed. We qualified well and qualified in the top-10, so that’s something you can take away as well. You have to take the positives and the negatives and work it out, and come back to the next short track and be ready for it.”

Stenhouse also addressed the significance of every event on the schedule.

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Ricky Stenhouse Jr. on track at Daytona International Speedway.

“For me, every race is important,” Stenhouse said. “Every year is important even if we’re not running well and can’t get the progress or the results that we want over the last couple of years every race was still important.

“This weekend it would be nice to bounce back with a solid top-10 finish and get back to where we were running before Phoenix. I believe we can do that. I talked to my guys after the race last weekend and just said, ‘Hey, we’ll get ‘em next week.’

“That’s what you’ve got to do. It’s no different than a golfer. If you have a bad hole, you’ve got to move on to the next one and that’s what we’re gonna do this weekend.”

Stenhouse will start Sunday’s Auto Club 400 18th.

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