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Stenhouse Looks for Talladega Season Sweep



Back in May, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. got his first career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win at Talladega. This weekend, he returns to the Alabama Superspeedway, looking for the Talladega season sweep. Expect the 17 Roush Fenway Racing Ford to be a strong contender on Sunday.

In addition to his Talladega win, Stenhouse won the Coke Zero 400 on July 4th weekend in Daytona. With this in mind, Stenhouse is looking for 3 Superspeedway wins in a single season. This feat has only ever been done once before, by Dale Earnhardt Sr. in 1990.

While the Talladega season sweep has been accomplished 7 times before, Stenhouse still will not have any guarantees Sunday. The previous winners of both Talladega races in 1 year are Pete Hamilton (1970), Buddy Baker (1975), Darrell Waltrip (1982), Dale Earnhardt (1990, 1999), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2002), and Jeff Gordon (2007).

If Stenhouse can win Sunday, he will advance to the Playoffs Round of 8. So far, only Martin Truex Jr. is guaranteed a spot in the next round. Stenhouse will have a strong shot at victory on Sunday, too. His career stats at Talladega are among the best in the sport today. He has 3 top 5s, 5 top 10s, and a 10.4 average finish in 9 Talladega starts.

Another advantage for Stenhouse is his manufacturer’s recent history on superspeedways. Ford has won the last 6 races at both Daytona and Talladega, as well as 5 of the last 6 races at Talladega. Roush Yates engines have been nearly unbeatable on restrictor plate tracks in 2017, so watch out for the blue oval brigade on Sunday.

The Alabama 500 will be live from Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday, October 15 starting at 2 PM EST. This marks the 5th race of the 2017 NASCAR Playoffs, as well as race 2 in the Round of 12. Coverage will be on NBC, MRN, and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.