Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 2014 Stats: Points Finish 27th, 0 Poles, 0 Wins, 1 Top Five, 5 Top Tens, Average Running Position 23.1, Average Finish 22.4, Laps Led 0, Driver Rating 62.6
Strengths – Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is at his best at restrictor plate tracks and Bristol. He also performed decent at flat tracks in 2014.
Weaknesses – His lack of performance at intermediate tracks was glaring. At these venues in 2014 he struggled just finishing on the lead lap. Nearly half the races are held on this track type so that’s a very significant problem. He also struggled running up front last season and led a grand total of zero laps.
Track Type Fantasy ValueKey=Elite > High > Moderate >Low
Intermediate Track Fantasy Value – Low
If drivers don’t perform well at intermediate tracks you can count on them having a tough year. At intermediate tracks last season he really struggled. In the 17 races on this track type he scored the 28th most points, had a 23.9 average result and finished in the top fifteen once! That equates out to him finishing in the top fifteen just 5.8% percent of the time. His lack of performance was a regression from 2013 when he scored the 18th most points and had a 18.1 average finish.
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Flat Track Fantasy Value – Low
By Ricky Stenhouse Jr. standards he performed relatively well at flat tracks last season. On this track type minus his fall New Hampshire wreck he had a 16.8 average result and only once failed to finish inside the top twenty (24th at Indy). His high-light of the season on this track type was a 9th place finish at New Hampshire in July. A typical good day for him at these venues was a high-teens finish.
Short Track Fantasy Value – Moderate
Last season at Bristol Ricky Stenhouse Jr. earned his best career finish and swept the top ten. In the spring Bristol race where the attrition rate was extremely high he finished 2nd. In the August night race he finished 6th. In his career at Bristol he has a 10.5 average finish.
At Martinsville last fall he had his best finish and came home with a 15th place result. In his three other Martinsville races he’s had results of 25th, 31st and 40th.
At Richmond Ricky Stenhouse Jr. performed relatively well in 2013 and had results of 10th and 16th. In 2014 he didn’t backup his results and had finishes of 26th and 38th.
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Restrictor Plate Track Fantasy Value – High
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has performed well at restrictor plate tracks. Last season he only raced in three races on this track type because he missed the fall Talladega race. From a Ricky Stenhouse Jr. historical perspective Talladega has been his best track. He’s raced there three times and has a 8.7 average finish. In the spring race last season he finished 10th.
At Daytona he’s also performed quite well. In July 2014 he got swept up in the carnage and finished 41st. His three Daytona results prior to that race were finishes of 7th, 11th and 12th.
In 2013 at restrictor plate tracks he scored the 3rd most points in the series.
Road Course Track Fantasy Value – Low
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has not performed well at road courses. In his career at these venues he has a 24th place average finish. Between the two road courses he’s performed better at Watkins Glen. I think the reason for that is because Watkins Glen isn’t as technical of a track and it’s a little easier to drive. At the Glen he has results of 18th and 20th.
At Infineon he has an unskewed 29.0 average finish and 25.5 average running position. In 2014 he finished one lap down in 31st.