Stenhouse will start from rear of field at Martinsville
By Matt Courson
March 24, 2018
MARTINSVILLE, Va.— Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will start from the rear of the field on Sunday in a backup car after crashing in final practice on Saturday at Martinsville Speedway.
While entering the third turn, Stenhouse apparently wheel hopped and moved out of the racing groove and into the Turn 3 wall. The damage to the No. 17 machine was beyond repair.
“Going in turn three, I got on the brakes and got wheel-hop, which we haven't had in two or three races here,” Stenhouse said.
“When I first started coming to Martinsville in my career I had a lot of wheel-hop and I actually did that a lot here, so it kind of caught me off-guard that we had it.”
This is the second time in three weeks that Stenhouse’s crew has had to prepare a backup car for the Mississippi-native.
Just two weeks ago at ISM Raceway, Stenhouse’s Ford suffered a mechanical failure during practice and crashed into the wall.
At the time of publication, Stenhouse is 17th in points, just one position out of playoff contention.