Stenhouse Jr.’s miserable 2015 continues with Pocono wreck

Roush Fenway Racing’s Ricky Stenhouse Jr. brought out the second caution of the day Sunday at Pocono Raceway when his No. 17 Ford lost its brakes and hit the outside wall on Lap 68 of 160.

The incident occurred when Stenhouse was running in the 17th spot and battling with Germain Racing’s Casey Mears.

As Stenhouse went into the Tunnel Turn, the car would not slow down. The two-time XFINITY Series champion took the car to the apron but it slid up the track and made contact with the outside wall.

With heavy damage to the right side and nose, Stenhouse took the car behind the wall for repairs.

"The brakes were getting hot and we were having to pump them up," Stenhouse said. "They kind of maintained the first run and everything felt OK. I was still having to pump it up and on that last run I was having to pump them up three or four times, and then when the 13 (Mears) got into us down the back straightaway I was too busy catching it and too busy being sideways, and then once I finally caught it I didn’t have time to pump up the brakes and the brakes went to the floor. Then I was just trying to make it through the corner without hitting anybody else and tried to keep it out of the wall, but didn’t quite do it."

Since earning a fourth-place finish at Bristol Motor Speedway on April 19, Stenhouse and his Roush Fenway team have struggled mightily, finishing 24th or worse in the five races heading into Pocono.