No. 47 Kroger® / Cottonelle® Camaro ZL1 driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr., snatched the coveted victory in the 65th running of the Daytona 500. The massive win is Stenhouse Jr.’s second victory at Daytona International Speedway; and his third career victory in the NASCAR Cup Series. It was his first victory with JTG Daugherty Racing and the team’s second win in the premier division. Now, the Olive Branch, Mississippi native can add Daytona 500 Champion to his accolades.
RICKY STENHOUSE JR. QUOTES:
“I think this whole off-season my crew chief Mike Kelley just preached how much we all believed in each other. They left me a note in the car that said they believe in me and to go get the job done tonight. I made a few mistakes. We were able to battle back. This Kroger® / Cottonelle® team worked really, really hard in off-season. Great pit stops, Hendrick engines. Glad a Chevy won.”
“Man, this is unbelievable. This was the site of my last win back in 2017. We’ve worked really hard. We had a couple shots last year to get a win and fell short. It was a tough season, but man, we got it done.”
”When the 8 went to the bottom there I was able to push the 22 and the 5. We had a huge run. I was hoping we were going to get to the white there, and we didn’t, so I knew I was going to take the top. I was hoping the 22 was going to follow, and he did. He was able to push us out.”
“I went to the bottom, the 8 and the 22 got a huge run. The 5 split me in the middle, but another fellow dirt racer with Bell gave me a good shot down the little short chute into 1, and we were out front when the caution came out. We were out of fuel so the fuel light was going crazy.”
“I hope y’all had fun. That was a heck of a race.”