Stenhouse scores maiden win at Talladega

Monday 8th May, 2017 - 10:11am

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Ricky Stenhouse Jr. celebrates at Talladega

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has finally broken through for his first win in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup with victory at the daunting Talladega Superspeedway.

Starting from pole Stenhouse cleared the “Big One” and made a move in a green-white-chequered finish on Kyle Busch to hold-off the field on the final lap of the Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.

In his 158th start in the Cup Series, the 29-year-old also gave Roush Fenway Racing its first victory since June 2014 (101 races ago) with Carl Edwards.

“We’ve been terrible for a long time. This year, every race we’re getting better and better,” said Stenhouse.

“We knew that Talladega was a good race track for us. This Fifth Third Bank Ford was so fast today – qualified on the pole and got the win. It’s cool to have Jack Roush back in Victory Lane. This is cool. The closest race track to my hometown and the fans were out here this weekend.”

Jamie McMurray edged Busch for second, as the winless start to the season for Joe Gibbs Racing continued.

The race itself was a typical Superspeedway encounter with cars and driving working amongst themselves to stay in the lead draft throughout the race. That was until AJ Allmendinger turned Chase Elliott while racing for second place. Elliott’s car turned on its side and Allmendinger flipped upside down as a total of 16 cars were involved in the pile-up.

The race was stopped for just short of 27-minutes with the likes of Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr., Erik Jones, Matt Kenseth, Trevor Bayne, Austin Dillon and Danica Patrick all having their racing winning hopes end.

The early bonus points stage winners were Brad Keselowski and Denny Hamlin.

The Monster Energy Series now heads to Kansas Speedway for a Saturday night race on Saturday night this coming weekend.

VIDEO: Race Re-cap

VIDEO: Victory Lane

RESULTS: Geico 500 – Talladega Superspeedway

Pos. No. Driver Make Laps Laps Led Status
1 17  Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 191 14  Running
2 1  Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 191  0  Running
3 18  Kyle Busch Toyota 191 48  Running
4 43  Aric Almirola Ford 191  0  Running
5 5  Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 191  0  Running
6 41  Kurt Busch Ford 191  0  Running
7 2  Brad Keselowski Ford 191 31  Running
8 48  Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 191 3  Running
9 27  Paul Menard Chevrolet 191 1  Running
10 38  David Ragan Ford 191  0  Running
11 11  Denny Hamlin Toyota 191 43  Running
12 13  Ty Dillon Chevrolet 191 3  Running
13 42  Kyle Larson Chevrolet 191  0  Running
14 14  Clint Bowyer Ford 191 10  Running
15 37  Chris Buescher Chevrolet 191  0  Running
16 72  Cole Whitt Chevrolet 191  0  Running
17 7  Elliott Sadler Chevrolet 191 2  Running
18 32  Matt DiBenedetto Ford 191  0  Running
19 19  Daniel Suarez Toyota 191  0  Running
20 23  Gray Gaulding Toyota 191  0  Running
21 15  Joey Gase Chevrolet 191  0  Running
22 88  Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 191  0  Running
23 4  Kevin Harvick Ford 191 15  Running
24 20  Matt Kenseth Toyota 190 4  Running
25 31  Ryan Newman Chevrolet 185 2 Accident
26 75  Brendan Gaughan Chevrolet 183  0  Running
27 83  Corey Lajoie Toyota 183  0  Running
28 33  Jeffrey Earnhardt Chevrolet 174  0 Engine
29 34  Landon Cassill Ford 173  0 Transmission
30 24  Chase Elliott Chevrolet 168  0 Accident
31 47  A.J. Allmendinger Chevrolet 168  0 Accident
32 22  Joey Logano Ford 168 10 Accident
33 77  Erik Jones Toyota 168  0 Accident
34 95  Michael McDowell Chevrolet 168  0 Accident
35 78  Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 168  0 Accident
36 3  Austin Dillon Chevrolet 168  0 Accident
37 6  Trevor Bayne Ford 168 5 Accident
38 10  Danica Patrick Ford 168  0 Accident
39 21  Ryan Blaney Ford 160  0 Accident
40 55  Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 72  0 Accident

STANDINGS

Rank Driver Pts Behind Wins Starts Top 5’s Top 10’s Poles
1 Kyle Larson 428 Leader 1 10 5 6 1
2 Martin Truex Jr. 374 -54 1 10 2 6 0
3 Brad Keselowski 367 -61 2 10 6 8 1
4 Chase Elliott 353 -75 0 10 3 6 1
5 Joey Logano 318 -110 1 10 6 8 1
6 Jamie McMurray 318 -110 0 10 1 6 0
7 Kevin Harvick 309 -119 0 10 3 5 2
8 Jimmie Johnson 305 -123 2 10 2 4 0
9 Clint Bowyer 289 -139 0 10 2 4 0
10 Kyle Busch 277 -151 0 10 3 4 0
11 Denny Hamlin 267 -161 0 10 1 4 0
12 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 250 -178 1 10 3 5 1
13 Ryan Blaney 240 -188 0 10 1 3 0
14 Ryan Newman 237 -191 1 10 1 3 0
15 Kurt Busch 227 -201 1 10 1 5 0
16 Trevor Bayne 223 -205 0 10 0 1 0
17 Aric Almirola 222 -206 0 10 2 3 0
18 Kasey Kahne 214 -214 0 10 2 3 0
19 Matt Kenseth 205 -223 0 10 2 4 1
20 Erik Jones 200 -228 0 10 0 1 0
21 Daniel Suarez 187 -241 0 10 0 2 0
22 Ty Dillon 181 -247 0 10 0 0 0
23 Austin Dillon 172 -256 0 10 1 1 0
24 Paul Menard 171 -257 0 10 1 2 0
25 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 156 -272 0 10 1 1 0
26 Chris Buescher 136 -292 0 10 0 0 0
27 Cole Whitt 125 -303 0 10 0 0 0
28 David Ragan 124 -304 0 10 0 1 0
29 AJ Allmendinger 123 -305 0 10 1 2 0
30 Matt DiBenedetto 118 -310 0 10 0 1 0
31 Danica Patrick 114 -314 0 10 0 0 0
32 Michael McDowell 113 -315 0 10 0 0 0
33 Landon Cassill 112 -316 0 10 0 0 0
34 Corey LaJoie 67 -361 0 10 0 0 0
35 Gray Gaulding 48 -380 0 9 0 0 0
36 Jeffrey Earnhardt 45 -383 0 10 0 0 0
37 Reed Sorenson 44 -384 0 9 0 0 0
38 Michael Waltrip 29 -399 0 1 0 1 0
39 Derrike Cope 15 -413 0 6 0 0 0
40 D.J. Kennington 1 -427 0 1 0 0 0
41 Cody Ware 1 -427 0 1 0 0 0
42 Brendan Gaughan 0 -428 0 2 0 0 0
43 Elliott Sadler 0 -428 0 2 0 0 0
44 Joey Gase 0 -428 0 2 0 0 0
45 JJ Yeley 0 -428 0 1 0 0 0
46 Timmy Hill 0 -428 0 7 0 0 0