Stenhouse, Almirola avoiding trouble

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

this season.

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

at Bristol.

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.