Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. met with the media Friday at Talladega Superspeedway:
WHAT HAS BEEN THE INTEREST IN OTHER TEAMS IN YOU THE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS AND COULD THIS WEEKEND PLAY A BIG ROLE IN YOUR FUTURE?
“I don’t know if you can say my whole future depends on a race here at Talladega. You can easily win one. You can easily lose one, but us and my team right now are putting a lot of emphasis on this. I just want to get another win for a group of guys that I’ve worked with for a long time, and I know we’ve got a good shot at it. Brian and the guys always bring a really good car here. Jimmy has been working tirelessly on this and Doug always gives us great horsepower here to get the job done, so for us and the 17 team that’s what we’ve been focused on, that’s what I’ve been focused on. I let my team off the track, not at Roush, but agent-wise, kind of handle everything beyond that and what we’re gonna do for next year and the options and just try and figure that out. It’s not a quick process by any means. We’ve talked to different teams and just trying to wait and kind of see what direction we go, but, for me, obviously since the week of Charlotte it’s just trying to put solid weekends together. I thought we did a good job at the Roval for that being not a great track for us. Dover last weekend, we showed that we had decent speed at times. I felt like we kind of performed as well as we could, and so that was really kind of our main objective with how everything played out. We did the best we could I felt like. Here at Talladega I feel like I’m gonna give it all I’ve got and try to get another win for my guys. It’s the last shot that I get to put Sunny D in Victory Lane and I’ve got a great relationship with them obviously on the track, off the track. I hang out with them a lot, so it would be cool to get them a victory here this weekend.”
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