To say Ricky Stenhouse Jr. had an up and down day at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Sunday is putting it mildly. After starting 11th, Stenhouse was soon inside the top 10 and looked to be a contender for the win.
His run was thwarted before the race’s halfway point.
On a restart on lap 116, Stenhouse made contact with Erik Jones. A few laps later, lap 135, Stenhouse’s Ford blew a left front tire and slammed the wall. He was able to take the mangled machine slowly to pit road where he parked it and was done for the day.
After it was over, Stenhouse out the blame squarely on Jones.
“The 20 (Jones) ran over us,” Stenhouse said. “He’s been known to do that to us a couple times now lately. He’ll get one coming his way before it’s over with, or at least before I’m through with it.”
“We had that restart with him up front and didn’t have any issues, so he’s run over us a couple times, but that’s his deal,” he said. “He’s gonna have to deal with it at some point.”
Stenhouse vowed to get back at Jones.
“I will – outside of the car or inside of the car – one of the two,” Stenhouse said. “I’m over it. We’ll see how it goes.”
Jones didn’t address the incident after the race, instead focusing on his third-place finish. Stenhouse was scored 36th.