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NASCAR America: Ricky Stenhouse Jr.'s win elevates Roush Fenway Racing

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. didn't have a perfect race in the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona, but his experience with past troubles is what got him the win.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is comfortably in the playoffs after scoring his second victory of the season last weekend at Daytona International Speedway.

“This does wonders for Roush Racing,’' NASCAR America’s Kyle Petty said. “This was a team that was becoming an afterthought, a footnote in NASCAR history it almost seemed like over the last couple of years. But those guys have worked really hard.’'

Stenhouse’s win at Daytona - his second of the season - marks the first time since 2014 that the organization has won multiple races in the same season.

“When you go back-to-back at the superspeedways, show the dominance he has, I think they’re here to stay,’' NASCAR America’s Steve Letarte said. “Now, it’s plan ahead to the playoffs.’'

The key, Petty said, is for the organization to be better at the 1.5-mile tracks. Stenhouse has not finished better than 11th in a race on a 1.5-mile track this season. Five of the 10 tracks in the playoffs are 1.5-mile tracks - Chicagoland Speedway, Kansas Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway and Homestead-Miami Speedway, which hosts the championship race.

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