But as the laps wound down and it became apparent Stenhouse was in contention for his first career win, Patrick's attention shifted to watching the race. Kyle Busch earned the victory previous year - his third of the season - during a streak in which Joe Gibbs Racing won eight of the first 13 races of the season.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. started Talladega from the pole position. Then Ryan Newman spun with three laps remaining to send the race into overtime.
Entering the race at Kansas Speedway this weekend, Stenhouse doesn't have to worry about when he will win in the Cup series. "Would you mess with your wife or girlfriend?" I mean when it comes to golf or something I will totally mess with him but when it comes to something like this, no. No, we don't talk about that at all.
The victory was Stenhouse's first in Cup and it came on his 158th try.
Stenhouse was on the same page too.
"This year, we've [Roush Fenway Racing] made sure we're not bringing the same vehicle to the track every week - we're making sure we're bringing a better auto to the track every week", Stenhouse said. "Everything that I've learned is from him, and you know, making sure that you have the right people around you is one of the things that he's all about, making sure that you have people that respect you, that will do anything for you, and man, he sacrificed a lot for me and my career".
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"We've seen a lot of success over the years and there is a certain amount of excitement that goes with a crew chief of a crew guy who is getting his first win", added Roush. He beat fellow Ford driver Stenhouse to win the segment. Prior to this year, he had just seven top-five finishes and led just 44 career laps.
The kibosh have pretty much been put on those rumors. He did it for a Roush team that was once the pride of the Ford camp but has been on a decline for years. It was Stenhouse's first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup victory and the resurgence of Roush-Fenway Racing after a 101-race winless streak.
The elder Stenhouse tried to climb a fence along the Talladega backstretch and cross the track to find his way to the celebration.
"It", Roush said of the win, "gives us fresh wind in our sail. We've got to put weekends together from here on out, just making sure that we're having good Fridays, Saturdays and turn it into a mistake-free race on Sunday". On Friday, Patrick was asked if there was any trash talk from Stenhouse during the week and she made it clear there was not.
"I told my guys that I didn't really want to change our approach to the weekends", Stenhouse said. "It goes either way, and we couldn't be in a better place right now".
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