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Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Column: Stenhouse can make a name for himself post-Patrick

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is a two-time Xfinity Series champion who is coming off the best season of his NASCAR career. He won his first two Cup races last year and made the playoffs for the first time in five seasons of racing in NASCAR's big leagues.

Building on that momentum will be his goal this year, and likely what he focuses on when he faces reporters during NASCAR's annual preseason media tour. What Stenhouse probably won't talk about is his breakup with Danica Patrick, though he will certainly be asked.

Standings: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

As of: Jan. 22
RankDriverPointsPV Rank
1Martin Truex Jr.50401
2Kyle Busch50352
3Kevin Harvick50333
4Brad Keselowski50304
5Chase Elliott23775
6Denny Hamlin23536
7Matt Kenseth23447
8Kyle Larson23208
9Ryan Blaney23059
10Jimmie Johnson226010
11Austin Dillon222411
12Jamie McMurray222412