Roush Fenway shores up sponsorship for Stenhouse as Zest returns to No. 17

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With Carl Edwards’ upcoming departure from Roush Fenway Racing, industrial supply company Fastenal will be moving over to Ricky Stenhouse Jr.’s program at RFR in 2015.

But today, the team announced that Stenhouse would also continue to receive support from Zest, which has worked with Roush Fenway since the 2012 season.

The personal care brand will serve as a primary sponsor for multiple 2015 races on Stenhouse’s No. 17 Ford Fusion and have a season-long associate role as well.

“Zest has really been a mainstay on the car for a few years and I always enjoy hearing feedback from fans at the track whenever we race it, because it carries such a unique look and features a truly iconic brand that fans really get excited about,” Stenhouse said in a release.

“I’ve really enjoyed getting to meet and work with everyone that supports the Zest brand, as well as a lot of their customers. Their commitment and support has meant a great deal to me and my team, and it’s awesome that we’ll be able to continue to build on the success of this partnership going forward.”

Next year, Stenhouse will be working with Greg Biffle and Trevor Bayne as Roush Fenway tries to push forward following the exit of Edwards. In order to do that, they’ll need improvement from Stenhouse, who currently sits 27th in the Sprint Cup standings with one Top-5 and four Top-10 finishes.

Ticktum takes dramatic Macau GP win as leaders crash on last lap

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British youngster Dan Ticktum took a dramatic victory in the 64th Macau Grand Prix on Sunday after the leading two cars crashed out at the final corner on the last lap of the race.

In an incident-packed race that saw front-row starters Joel Eriksson and Callum Ilott clash early on amid a litany of Full Course Yellows, Brazilian racer Sergio Sette Camara was able to move into the lead ahead of Ferdinand Habsburg and Maximilian Günther.

Günther’s pace dropped off in the closing stages as he struggled to keep his tires alive, causing a train of cars to form up behind him including McLaren youngster Lando Norris and the Red Bull-backed Ticktum.

Ticktum pulled off a brilliant double-pass on Norris and Günther around the outside of Lisboa to move up to third, with Sette Camara and Habsburg dueling for position right the way to the finish.

Habsburg attempted a brave pass around the outside of the Mandarin kink, but was forced to wait until the penultimate straight before he got a tow and was able to pass for the lead.

Drama then struck when both Habsburg and Sette Camara ran wide and crashed into the wall exiting the final fast right-hander by their own accord, paving the way for Ticktum to charge through to victory.

Norris and Ralf Aron benefited from the crashes to score second and third place respectively, while Habsburg was able to get to the checkered flag in fourth on three wheels.