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April 10, 2013

Stenhouse Jr. adjusting to Sprint Cup

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is trying to find his way on the NASCAR Sprint Cup series, and he can’t even ask his fellow rookie and girlfriend Danica Patrick for a whole lot of advice.

The two drivers are on different teams, so technical questions about how to set the car up or adjustments to how the car run aren’t allowed. Instead, any conversations about business don’t get all that specific, Stenhouse said Tuesday.

“We do talk a little bit about how we’re driving,” Stenhouse said. “But most of the time I’m watching football or basketball or something.”

Stenhouse took time out of his first full season in Sprint Cup racing to promote the Bojangles 500 next month at Darlington Raceway with stops in Columbia that included taking in a South Carolina spring football practice, meeting with Gamecocks coach and NASCAR fan Steve Spurrier and a brief conversation with defensive lineman Jadeveon Clowney.

Stenhouse won the Nationwide Series two years in a row before making the jump to the big leagues. His best finish of the year was 12th at the season opening Daytona 500 and he has led just one lap at Las Vegas. He is currently 15th in points in Sprint Cup and trails Patrick for Rookie of the Year.

The 25-year-old driver said the adjustment to NASCAR’s premier series has been tough.

“The competition level is just so much higher in the Sprint Cup series. I know the race tracks, I know my crew and my guys, but I don’t know how all the guys are out there racing,” Stenhouse said.

He said he is still trying to figure out how to properly use the brake and keep things smooth with the 250 extra horsepower he gets in Sprint Cup cars. He also is getting used to running longer races.

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