COLUMBIA, S.C. —
“I don’t know exactly what I need in my car to be good at the end of a 500-mile race, compared to a 300-mile race,” Stenhouse said.
Stenhouse’s first Sprint Cup season started with plenty of off track news, as his relationship with Patrick became public just before the Daytona 500. Stenhouse’s head drooped a little Tuesday as he was asked about his famous girlfriend Tuesday, but he still answered the questions.
“I enjoy talking about the on track stuff,” Stenhouse said.
The Mother’s Day weekend race at Darlington is about a month away, and Stenhouse said he likes the track. He won the Nationwide pole in 2012 before finishing sixth and finished 10th in his second start at the track in 2011.
Stenhouse couldn’t resist a plug for his sponsor Zest soap as he talked about looking forward to racing at Darlington’s unique egg-shaped oval and trying to keep from getting too many of the track’s famous black scuffs on his car from scraping the wall.
“They like to be zestfully clean,” Stenhouse said, motioning back to his car. “Hopefully we can keep the right side clean. It’s tough to do at Darlington.”