One of the years, Roush/Fenway Racing is going to earn a trip back to victory lane. They’ve had to scale back in their organization over the last several years, and those efforts are finally coming around. The duo of Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Trevor Bayne are having much better years, as today’s Food City 500 at the Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway showed that.
Both started outside of the top 10 in Monday’s rain delayed race, but both drove their way into the top 10 by the end of it. Trevor Bayne had a very solid day and brought his No. 6 Ford home 11th. It was his sixth finishing spot between 10th to 13th in eight races this year.
Bayne, did all he could as he stayed in or near the top 10 and got out of the faster cars way. The Knoxville native held on for a solid run at his hometown track.
Stenhouse, charged from the 19th starting spot to the front and too hung around the top 10 for most of the afternoon. He even got his No. 17 Ford into the wall a few times, but it didn’t slow him down much. The Mississippi native held on for a ninth place run, his third top 10 of the season. He has five finishes of 14th or better in eight races this year too.
The top 10 was Stenhouses’ fifth top 10 in nine career starts on the .533-mile high banked Tennessee track. Also, all three of his top 10’s this year have come on short tracks, which bodes well for Richmond (VA) International Raceway next Sunday.