Ricky Stenhouse Jr. says Erik Jones will face retribution during a key moment of his season following an incident between the two on Sunday during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire.
Jones and Stenhouse came together with 14 laps remaining in the second stage and was the result of the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 20 drifting into the Roush Fenway No. 17’s left-front fender.
The contact generated a tire rub for Stenhouse, which cut a tire, and sent the two-time NASCAR Xfinity Series champion into the wall.
“The 20 ran over us,” Stenhouse said on the NBC Sports television broadcast. “He’s been known to do that to us a couple times now lately. He’ll get one coming his way before it’s over with, or at least before I’m through with it.”
Stenhouse maintains that this isn’t a knee-jerk reaction — but the byproduct of several run-ins over the course of the summer.
“We had that restart with him up front and didn’t have any issues, so he’s run over us a couple times, but that’s his deal,” Stenhouse said. “He’s gonna have to deal with it at some point.”
“Outside of the car or inside of the car — one of the two,” Stenhouse said. “I’m over it. We’ll see how it goes.”
The two have been at odds because they are racing each other pretty much every week. Jones is 14th in the championship standings in a provisional playoff spot. Stenhouse is in 20th and 77 points out of the transfer spot.
Jones went on to finish third and seemed up to the challenge of Stenhouse’s threats.
“I guess go ahead,” Jones said. “He was racing me really hard and for nothing. We were 200 laps to go in the race, and he had the choice of lifting and letting me go, and he didn’t do it for five laps, and that’s just how it is. If you’re going to race hard, you’re going to get raced hard. I didn’t want to have to do it, but sometimes it comes down to it. I like Ricky, but he races really hard. I expect it. If I’m going to race Kevin Harvick at the front of the field like that 10 laps in a row, I’m going to get wrecked. You’ve got to do what you’ve got to do to keep moving forward and keep giving yourself a good day.”
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