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Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.

Stenhouse trying to give Ford a season sweep at plate races

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was all over the scoreboard at Charlotte Motor Speedway. His Roush-Fenway Racing team worked all day to salvage a strong finish in the opening race of the second round of NASCAR's playoffs, and a speeding penalty was threatening to ruin the chance.

Stenhouse had one restart to save his day Sunday, and he picked off about six drivers to squeak out a 13th-place finish.

His reward? Well, Stenhouse is still last in the playoff standings. But the race this weekend is at Talladega Superspeedway and Stenhouse is probably the only driver looking forward to Sunday's critical race.

Stenhouse scored his first career Cup victory at Talladega in May, and...