Stenhouse Jr and Roush-Fenway Racing Putting Focus on the Bigger Picture

Ricky Stenhouse Jr speaks with the media at Chicagoland Speedway on Saturday, June 29, 2019, prior to the Camping World 400 practice session. Photo – Jay Husmann for Fan4Racing Blog and Radio

Roush Fenway Racing driver, Ricky Stenhouse Jr picked up his first NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series win at Talladega in the spring of 2017 and followed it up with another victory at Daytona in July that same year.  Since then, the No. 17 Fastenal Ford has been considered a favorite on the superspeedways but the Roush Fenway team is looking to elevate their entire program back to their championship contending form.  It just takes steps and time.

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Austin Dillon Looking for a Turnaround at Chicagoland

JOLIET, ILLINOIS – JUNE 29: Austin Dillon, driver of the #3 Dow Univar Solutions Chevrolet, celebrates winning the Busch Pole Award after posting the quickest lap during qualifying for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Camping World 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on June 29, 2019, in Joliet, Illinois. Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

The last few weeks have been challenging for the No. 3 Richard Childress Racing team with Austin Dillon behind the wheel. They’ve had three wrecks at Charlotte, Pocono, and Michigan that make the No. 3 team effort look worse than it is, and a good finish at Chicagoland Speedway on Sunday, June 30th for the Camping World 400 would go a long way in recharging Dillon and his team. With clean air as such a premium, starting from the pole position should help in a big way.

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DiBenedetto Takes Gamble on Himself and it’s Paying Off

Matt DiBenedetto on Pit Road at Chicagoland Speedway before the Camping World 400 NASCAR Cup Series practice on Saturday, June 29, 2019. Photo – Jay Husmann for Fan4Racing Blog and Radio.

Following the 2018 race season, Matt DiBenedetto’s fourth year competing at NASCAR’s top level, the Monster Energy Cup Series, he chose to leave the team he was with to essentially become a free agent.  DiBenedetto had no other deal lined up or guaranteed but was placing a bet on himself that someone would pick him up.  That team was the No. 95 of Leavine Family Racing, an organization that was looking to make some major changes to include a possible manufacturer change from Chevrolet to Toyota and an alliance with Joe Gibbs Racing.  When all the T’s were crossed and the I’s dotted, Matt DiBenedetto was set to embark on the best opportunity of his career.

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