Originally written on On Pit Road  |  Last updated 5/23/15
While Carl Edwards stole the show at Bristol Motor Speedway with his win, there were a cast of characters who had some solid finishes and created storylines of their own. One of those drivers was Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who finished second for his best career Sprint Cup Series finish to date. The finish for Stenhouse is very welcome following struggles at Phoenix and Las Vegas. It’s also reassurance that the moves that Roush-Fenway Racing made in the off-season are working as RFR made the decision to partner Ricky Stenhouse Jr. back up with Mike Kelley. Stenhouse spent his rookie season with Scott Graves, only scoring one top five and three top 10s all season. Now back with Kelley who led him to the Nationwide Series Championship, Stenhouse has two top 10s in the first four races this year. “It’s been nice working with Mike and the guys again.  We’re having a lot of fun,” Stenhouse commented. “We’re just slowly working and getting better and better.  I thought we were a lot better than our finish last week at Las Vegas except I sped on pit road.  I think we’ve got some good cars and everybody at the shop is working hard on building those.” Stenhouse ran inside the top 10 most of the night and with 76 laps to go, Kelley’s call to keep Stenhouse out on track helped lead to a great finish for the sophomore driver. “Our car was definitely (better), compared to last year,” Stenhouse commented. “We could not roll the bottom, and I thought this year the work we’ve done in the off-season, it seemed like Aric and Carl and my car, it seemed like it rolled the bottom a lot better than we were able to last year. “We focused on that a lot during practice because if you look back at these races, the cars that are up front every race here at Bristol are able to run the bottom when they need to.  I was really happy with being able to run bottom, middle, top, enter in on the top and turn and drive across the bottom.  I was really, really happy with our car and the changes that we’ve made and the progress we’ve made from last year.” When a late caution flew, Stenhouse thought that he had a shot and said if he could, he would use the bumper and nudge his way by Edwards. “If you get the win, you’re in the Chase and you can let the rest take care of itself later,” Stenhouse added. “That’s what I was really thinking if we went back green. Aric, I saw that he was really strong on the restart before, and I thought him and I were really pretty good on the bottom, and Carl seemed to be a little too loose as soon as we went back green.  I would have ran it in there pretty hard, and he knows I would have.  We’ve had a few races in Nationwide where they came down to the wire like that, and we both drive really hard. “I was thinking about doing whatever I could to win.” Stenhouse will look to continue the positive momentum this week at Auto Club Speedway, where he hopes that his California dreams come true.
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Pete Carroll: Communication with Russell Wilson is ‘great’

Mike Zimmer: Adrian Peterson can play for Vikings or not at all

RG3 misses 'having fun playing football' after two tough seasons

Houston mayor's office weighs in on Kaepernick Instagram post

Dallas Cowboys using drones to tape practice sessions


LeBron James' manager is mentoring Johnny Manziel

Details emerge from McDonald's domestic violence arrest

Eagles rookie receiver arriving early to practice in a taxi

Eric Berry 'doing well' after finishing cancer treatments

WATCH: Blatt has special message for LeBron

Shaq once threatened to murder Kobe Bryant

Carlos Gomez on tiff with Bumgarner: 'He's not my dad'

Are the Texas Rangers contenders or pretenders?

WATCH: IRS official zings FIFA with play on words

LeBron James needs to revert to an old style, not an old form

After sweep by Cavaliers, what's next for the Hawks?

Michigan DB Jabril Peppers tees off on NCAA on Twitter

Star NFL player missing OTAs? Keep calm...

Adrian Peterson expected to attend 'Adrian Peterson Day'

Blatter, corruption and Women's World Cup: It's complicated

JR Smith’s mom quotes Drake after sweep of Hawks

Hawks radio announcer calls Dellavedova 'Tonya Harding'

FIFA officials arrested, to be extradited to US for corruption

Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Star player missing OTAs? Keep calm...

Transfer rumors: Drogba, Pirlo and Gomez linked to MLS

Cano's slump: The good news, bad news

Disappointments of the MLB season

UGA wants SEC to ban transfers with misconduct issues

Long's great reaction to Bears releasing McDonald

Crazy stats from the NBA Playoffs

WATCH: Curry leaves game after nasty fall

Royals' Guthrie sets records in blowout

Bears cut McDonald after incident

Report: Pierce could opt out of contract

The Talented Mr. Blatt

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.