was all-in on the April Fool's Day joke fellow driver and girlfriend Danica Patrick played on social media.The couple, who has been dating five years, led fans to believe they were engaged. already knew how interested NASCAR fandom was in his five-year relationship with fellow driver Danica Patrick.Sports Radio 92.3 The Fan (WKRK-FM) features locally produced programs hosted by familiar […]For the best national perspective on the sports world, check out the new CBS Sports Radio on our HD2 channel.For breaking news and everything that affects the Cleveland sports scene trust Sports Radio 92.3 […]Browns Beat Reporter Daryl Ruiter joins Baskin and Phelps with Les Levine to discuss the quarterback competition, the rest of the offense and the standouts on defense after the first preseason game last night.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.is a balls-to-the wall, go-hard-or-go-home, lift-only-when-you-see-God-twice kind of NASCAR driver. She was impressed by Hamlin's gutsy move between two cars to win the closest Daytona 500 ever (Check out how excited Fox Sports' announce team of Jeff Gordon, Darrell Waltrip and Mike Joy were calling the moment).So when he sat down with some media last month and a reporter mentioned that he is known as much for being Patrick's boyfriend as for what he has done in the NASCAR Cup series, the Roush Fenway Racing driver paused and then calmly answered the question about how he hopes to change it."This year, we've [Roush Fenway Racing] made sure we're not bringing the same car to the track every week -- we're making sure we're bringing a better car to the track every week," Stenhouse said."We've got people in place that are looking for downforce and mechanical grip in our cars every week."Now that he has added Cup race winner to his résumé, maybe, just maybe, Stenhouse will get a few more people who recognize him for his driving prowess -- he did win two Xfinity Series titles in a transition to NASCAR from his roots as a successful USAC driver -- and not his dating prowess.
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.
has heard the questions before, so they don't necessarily surprise him.
His mannerisms would show he doesn't love answering them, but some things that go along with dating Danica Patrick are just part of life.
NASCAR's power couple have been in a relationship since 2013. But they've made an effort to work on their relationship the past year — no matter how they perform on the track. The 33-year old Patrick and her 28-year old boyfriend "understand each other," she noted. She hosted a yoga class with fans for Nature's Bakery.
"When someone has a good day and someone has a bad day, usually the bad day takes over.
Said Patrick about Hamlin: "He did everything just right. He understands the draft, and the side draft very well, and he had just the right amount of help from behind.