Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and iconic NASCAR car owner Jack Roush were in Winona Monday to celebrate a sponsorship extension with Fastenal.
The Winona-based supply company has partnered with Roush Fenway racing since 2010, and has served as the primary sponsor for Stenhouse Jr. the last two seasons.
The driver of the No. 17 Ford Fusion in the Sprint Cup Series said it's a honor to partner with such a devoted company like Fastenal.
"Seems like anywhere you go in Winona there's always somebody that has something to do with Fastenal," he said. "They bring a lot of great employees from across the country and customers out to the race track. It's been a fun partnership."
At the halfway point of the 2016 NASCAR season, Stenhouse Jr. is 21st in the points standings with two Top-5 finishes. He crashed out at Kentucky in his most recent race, but feels confident he can earn his first win in NASCAR's premier division before the Chase for the Sprint Cup begins in September.
"I definitely think we're close. We're continuing to get closer to the front every week," Stenhouse Jr. said. "From where we were last year at this time, we're in a lot better position. We've still got our heads down working toward our first win."
Roush, who is in his 29th season, cited four of the next five races as places to put one of his three drivers into the postseason, beginning with this weekend's New Hampshire 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
"I think that we can win Loudon next weekend, we can win at (Indianapolis Motor Speedway). Indy's one of the few places where I've never won before," Roush said. "We'll be back at Michigan and Pocono pretty soon, those are all good racetracks we have a chance to win. Ricky's especially good at Bristol, I think he's got a circle around Bristol as his. I'm want to win a race before then if I can."
Trevor Bayne ranks the highest of the three Roush drivers in 16th place. Veteran Greg Biffle is 22nd, 30 points behind Stenhouse Jr. There are eight races remaining before the Chase begins.