R.Stenhouse Jr.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is feeling optimistic about his possibilities for win No. three of the season in Sunday’s Alabama 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. (Photograph: Getty Pictures)&#thirteen;

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Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is feeling optimistic about his possibilities for win No. three of the season in Sunday’s Alabama 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.

The Roush Fenway Racing driver scored his first profession Monster Power NASCAR Cup Collection win when he took the checkered flag at Talladega again within the spring. He adopted that with one other victory in July at Daytona Worldwide Speedway to offer him wins in two of the season’s first three restrictor-plate races.

Because the collection will get set for this weekend’s run at Talladega, many within the storage consider Stenhouse is the driving force to beat on Sunday.

“I’m not apprehensive concerning the velocity in our automotive,” he stated. “The blokes on the ’17’ workforce work exhausting on constructing our speedway automobiles and getting them ready, so I be ok with that.”

Stenhouse continues to be alive within the playoff race however after a troublesome begin to the second spherical final weekend in Charlotte, he is final on the grid going into Talladega. So along with making an attempt to win the race, Stenhouse is conscious of the significance of levels and bonus factors.

“If I can win two levels and get 20 factors on Sunday, I might vault forward of the cutoff line so I feel the playoff factors are useful, proper now,” he stated. “You’re gonna see at the least 10 of us racing arduous for that. How onerous we race for these stage factors goes to be key.”

Profitable the race continues to be the last word objective and if Stenhouse can pull it off, he’d routinely advance to the subsequent spherical. He’s assured he’ll be within the combine but in addition understands the various challenges that lie forward.

“You’ve acquired to have this stuff play out precisely proper,” Stenhouse stated. “The final two performed out properly for us. We capitalized on luck, cautions popping out on the proper time and lacking wrecks. So that you’ve obtained to be a bit of fortunate and on the similar time, get the job finished when it comes time.”

Motor Racing Community – “The Voice of NASCAR” may have stay protection of Sunday’s Alabama 500 from Talladega Superspeedway, starting at 1 p.m. (ET) – with stay streaming at MRN.com and on the MRN App.