"We've got a great relationship, just like anybody else does, and both of our main focus is to go out and run well and win races and do what we have to do to do that."She understands that I'm going to go to the shop a lot, and to have that support and her knowing where I'm coming from is great to have. He admitted Sunday night he has had doubts."You get to a point over the last couple years, I probably thought that [I might not win]," Stenhouse said.
Danica Patrick had some people forgetting what Saturday’s date was.
Patrick posted a picture to Instagram of herself kissing boyfriend (and fellow Cup Series driver) Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
In fact, there was no good-natured ribbing of any sort. I didn’t have bragging rights with anybody else that hasn’t won either.
“We don’t talk about it,” Stenhouse said Friday at Kansas Speedway. We just go out and try to win.” That Stenhouse and Patrick are dating while also racing against one another 36 times a year, certainly complicates their relationship.
“I think it is obviously because it means so much to us that it is a pretty crappy thing to do. I was just simply happy for him and my weekend sucked yet again. I had a fine race going on, it just ended early.” An unintended consequence of Patrick crashing out at Talladega was that she was able to arrive in the winner’s circle so quickly.
“I mean, when it comes to golf or something, I will totally mess with him. After being evaluated and released from the infield care center, she retreated to their motorhome where she began packing so she and Stenhouse could immediately depart the Alabama track when the race concluded. pulled into Talladega Superspeedway’s victory lane last Sunday it marked the first time either he or girlfriend Danica Patrick had won a NASCAR race since the couple began dating four years ago.But just because he won before Patrick, who earlier had been involved in an 18-car crash that knocked her out of the Geico 500, didn’t mean Stenhouse earned bragging rights for the week.Stenhouse won for the first time in 158 Cup starts when he captured the victory Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway.The win vaulted him to 12th in the Cup standings, put him in the 2017 playoffs and on the front of sports sections -- thanks, maybe, in part to a big kiss from Patrick in Victory Lane."[Public perception] doesn't matter to me," Stenhouse said about how people view him in light of his dating a competitor and one of the most well-known female athletes in the United States. Either way, it goes either way, and we couldn't be in a better place right now."Entering the race at Kansas Speedway this weekend, Stenhouse doesn't have to worry about when he will win in the Cup series.She finished 20th at Atlanta Motor Speedway Sunday with the Aspen Dental logo on her car and firesuit. Patrick is one of the world's most famous athletic endorsers, appearing in Super Bowl commercials, posing in bikinis for magazine shoots and glamming it up at award shows. As Patrick wrote in The Player's Tribune this fall: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Like everybody else, Patrick was thrilled by the photo finish in the Daytona 500, in which Denny Hamlin nipped Martin Truex Jr. It's always good for NASCAR to kick off a new season with what she called a "replay worthy" finish.