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NASCAR’s Ricky Stenhouse heads to Bristol buoyed by good run at Charlotte

He followed it with a 25th-place finish at the second Cup race at Darlington Raceway, then was 24th in the Coca-Cola 600. In three races, Stenhouse plummeted seven spots in the standings to 24th.

Stenhouse finally snapped out of it Thursday night in a second visit to Charlotte Motor Speedway with a fourth-place finish for his new JTG-Daugherty Racing team.

“It was just really good to just have a smooth race with really no issues,” Stenhouse said. “It was just huge to get a good run in and pass a lot of really good cars.”

Next up is Sunday's stop at Bristol Motor Speedway — the fifth Cup race since NASCAR resumed May 17 and a decent track for Stenhouse.