Ricky Stenhouse Jr. surprised the field this spring when he finished second in the Food City 500. His sixth-place finish in the Irwin Tools Night Race was less shocking and represents a change in direction on this track.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. traveled to Fastenal headquarters in Winona, Minnesota last week to unveil the 2015 No. 17 Fastenal Ford Fusion in front of the ‘Blue Team’.
A rookie took top honors in the first session, so it was only fitting that a sophomore should win final practice. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. posted the single fastest lap of 131.048 mph during that session.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. recorded a remarkable second-place finish at Bristol this spring and hoped that would translate into a strong short track season. He suffered crash damage at both Martinsville and Richmond, however, and finished outside the top 35.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will race chassis RK-882 this week at Pocono. It was last raced at Michigan where it finished 27th after getting involved in an accident.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has scored only one top-10 in six flat track races this year. He finished ninth in the Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire.
Roush Fenway Racing (RFR) announced that Fastenal will team with two-time NASCAR champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr., serving as the anchor sponsor on the No. 17 Ford in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) for a multi-year agreement beginning next season.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will race chassis RK-899 this week at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It was last used at Charlotte in May.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. finished 40th in the STP 500 at Martinsville this spring, but he has gotten progressively better in every flat track races since then.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is gaining skill maneuvering through traffic. All seven of his top-20 finishes this year came after he qualified 21st or worse.
When he crossed under the checkers ninth in the Camping World RV Sales 301, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. scored his first top-10 in the last nine races and his first such finish on an unrestricted oval since week four of the 2014 season at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. got off to a strong start on short, flat tracks this year with an 18th at Phoenix, but his latest two efforts at Martinsville and Richmond have both been outside the top 35.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has two Sprint Cup career starts at New Hampshire with an average starting position of 27.0 and average finish position of 29.0.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has four career starts at Daytona, completing 763 of 763 laps (100%) with an average starting position of 23.0 and average finishing position of 12.5.