Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has had some rich success on restrictor plate tracks. His lone two Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victories have come on them. Stenhouse, won the 2017 Coke Zero 400 at Daytona as well as the spring race that year at Talladega too.
Since July 2016, Stenhouse has seven top five finishes on plate tracks in his No. 17 Ford in 13 tries.
Last year, the Roush/Fenway Racing driver had a ton of speed on plate tracks, but he found trouble. Stenhouse, was known to cause a few incidents to say the least.
Back in July, he pissed off his fellow peers with his aggression. If you go back to last year’s Daytona 500, Stenhouse has sparked three crashes at Daytona alone.
On the final lap of the opening stage of the 2018 Daytona 500, Stenhouse was blocking for position up front and sparked a nine car melee in Turn 3. In July, he sparked another nine car melee in Turn 3 when he got into Kyle Busch. Later on in that race, he and Kyle Larson crashed together too.
His aggression has been acknowledged in the garage. It’s something Stenhouse isn’t changing. He’s right too. In order to have success on plate tracks, you have to be aggressive, to the nature Stenhouse is being.
Plus, his car has been fast and stable. Others around him with this new restrictor plate aero package at Daytona and Talladega have made them the opposite. By Stenhouse being aggressive, it’s getting those cars sideways which sparks big crashes.
Will he be as aggressive in the 2019 edition?