Ricky Stenhouse Jr. rates his 2023 Daytona 500 win higher than his two Xfinity triumphs
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has not sobered down from his Daytona 500 win; the buzz is still on.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Image via Twitter
Ricky Stenhouse Jr., the newly crowned champion of “The Great American Race,” has been very busy. Ahead of the Fontana Cup Series, Stenhouse Jr. met with his fans. It was a part of the promotions and was planned even before the season started. These promotional activities help JTG Daugherty Racing maintain its bond with its sponsors.
Tad Geschickter, the team’s co-owner, praised Stenhouse Jr. for meeting with the fans and sponsoring people at a grocery store in the rain. He revealed that the Daytona 500 champion handled it with grace and dignity. Stenhouse Jr. has always tried to take care of his partners throughout his career. He admitted doing it at Roush, his sprint car team, and JTG.
While speaking to Motorsports.com, Stenhouse Jr. explained that his Daytona 500 win exceeded all his expectations. “But I feel like it’s all so different. We’ve won at Daytona in the Cup Series. We won at Talladega. You know, nothing compares to this. Winning the Nationwide Series championship and going to Columbus (Ohio) and going to their headquarters, was huge for our team, and I enjoyed it.”
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. states that nothing compares to his Daytona 500 win
Stenhouse Jr. expressed his happiness with the Daytona win, “Now we’re going out and promoting our sport and in New York City, Chicago – that’s wild to me. For the week, we’ve been able to be the face of NASCAR’s 75th year and getting it started. I’ve been able to do a lot of things I didn’t think I would ever get to do.”
Being a champion is not new to Stenhouse Jr. he won the NASCAR Nation Wide Series, now the Xfinity Series, twice, In 2011 and 2012, with Roush Fenway Racing. His racing experience, talent, and success might just be the reason why JTG signed him for their only car.
It is hard to thrive in sports without patience and a winning mentality. Stenhouse Jr. ended his winless drought of 199 races, at the Daytona International Speedway. The last time he had won in the Cup Series was in the 2017 GEICO 500, Talladega. What he had to do was sit tight, be patient, and never give up. And that is exactly what he did and what led him to win the “Super Bowl of Stock Car Racing”. This is a huge moment for the driver, which he will cherish forever.
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