NASCAR Top-30 Preview:
No. 20 Ricky Stenhoue Jr.
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By Dominic Aragón
February 14, 2014
Disclaimer: All opinions expressed are solely those of the writer.
The learning curve of 2013 will show leaps and bounds for Ricky Stenhouse Jr. in 2014.
Stenhouse Jr. looks to build on his fairly successful 2013 rookie season. He, along with Jamie McMurray and teammate Greg Biffle, were the only three drivers to run at the finish in all 36 races.
High points of 2013 included leading laps at Kansas in the Spring, posting two consecutive top-10 finishes at Richmond and Chicagoland, and a career high third place at Talladega in October.
Looking to this season, Stenhouse Jr. may become a driver who benefits from the restructured Chase format.
Although NASCAR does not officially log top-15 finishes in the stats column, Stenhouse Jr. managed to finish inside the top-15 eight times last season, and early in the year, sat inside the top-10 in points.
Expect the second year veteran to run well at mile-and-a-half race tracks, most notably at Kansas Speedway. Stenhouse Jr. led closing laps in the spring race, and managed to qualify second and third at both races, respectively.
Stenhouse Jr. may also find himself running well enough to compete for his first career Sprint Cup Series victory, and help the No. 17 car return to victory lane.
Stats provided by racing-reference.info