I hope everyone is watching the impact that two of our younger
drivers are making in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series so far this
season. What rookie Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Aric Almirola are doing
right now is really impressive.
Obviously, Ricky is coming off being the Nationwide Series
champion for two years running. This is his first full-time ride in
the NASCAR Sprint Cup season and he’s taking over the No. 17
vacated by Matt Kenseth, who went to drive for Joe Gibbs Racing
Aric is benefitting, I believe, from the changes that were made
to the No. 43 last year. He has veteran crew chief Todd Parrott at
the helm calling the shots. Aric has very quietly put that vaunted
No. 43 car in the 10th spot going into this weekend’s action
Guess who is only one point behind him? That’s correct
– Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
I think one of the big keys to their success is they are running
all the laps and staying out of trouble. For instance, we have run
783 laps of racing so far this season, with both Aric and Ricky
completing every single one of them.
These two young men are stepping up to the plate in a big way as
I see it. They both are trying to step out of the shadows and
establish their own identity as NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers.
After only three races, I think you have to give these guys a
lot of credit for finding themselves so high up in the points and
off to a really good 2013 start.