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2014 Indianapolis (Brickyard 400): Ricky Stenhouse Jr NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Preview
Posted by: newsla on Jul 23, 2014 - 06:22 AM
2014 Indianapolis (Brickyard 400): Ricky Stenhouse Jr NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Preview

Team: No. 17 Ecopower Re-Refined Oil Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Mike Kelley
Primary Chassis: RK- 899- last raced at Charlotte – finished 26th.
Backup Chassis: RK-888 - last raced at Bristol – finished second.


· Stenhouse at Indianapolis

o Stenhouse has one Sprint Cup start at the historical track, earning a 25th- place finish last year.

o Stenhouse is currently 28th in the point standings with one top-five and four top-10 finishes this season.


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· The Car

o Chassis RK-899 is the same chassis that Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was running in the top-25 at Charlotte Motor Speedway before suffering a pit-road mishap causing damage to the front fender of his Fastenal Ford. After numerous pit-stops to repair the mangled machine, Stenhouse battled back to take the checkered flag in the 26th position.

· Ecopower Re-Refined Oil

o EcoPower will serve as the primary sponsor on the No. 17 EcoPower Ford Fusion, driven by Ricky Stenhouse Jr. for five races in the NSCS.

o EcoPower is a recently introduced brand of motor oil that is re-cycled and re-refined from used lubricating oils. It protects engines and protects the environment.

o EcoPower is primarily sold to large corporate and government fleets, as well as consumers through do-it-for-me oil change outlets.

o EcoPower is by far the largest seller of lubricants to the U.S. Military for all branches all over the World; Safety-Kleen has been the majority supplier for almost 20 years. EcoPower protects some of the largest State and municipal fleets.

Stenhouse on racing at Indianapolis:

“I’ve only been to Indy twice. I’ve run one Nationwide race and one Cup race there. I feel like by the end of the day we kind of had it figured out in the Nationwide car. It is tough to get a lot of practice there so I don’t feel like I got comfortable with our car during practice last year during the Cup weekend. I feel like I got comfortable and knew what I needed to do by the end of the race. Having one race under my belt and going back there, with the things we have been working on, hopefully we will have that speed that we need. I really enjoy being in Indy. I lived not too far from there for about a year when I raced Sprint Cars and I always enjoy going back to Indy.

Kelley on racing at Indianapolis:

“It would be awesome to get our first Cup win at Indianapolis, a track with so much history. Last year track position was key because it is so hard to pass. Qualifying on Saturday is extremely important so we will work hard to get our Ecopower Ford dialed in on Friday. We have been testing a lot lately and Ricky feels that he learned a lot last year so I feel confident that we can leave Indy with a strong finish.”

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