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Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Team: Roush Fenway Racing-17
Age / DOB:  (29) / 10/2/1987

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Roush Fenway Racing (RFR) has announced its 2017 plans for the NASCAR Cup Series that will see the organization field a two-car Cup operation next season, with drivers Trevor Bayne and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. piloting the No. 6 and No. 17 Ford Fusions, respectively, in NASCAR’s highest series.
Brian Pattie, who was the crew chief for the No. 16 Cup Series team last season, will transition to crew chief of the No. 17 team. The No. 16 NASCAR Charter and driver Chris Buescher have been leased to JTG Racing for 2017. In addition, Kevin Kidd and Tommy Wheeler will lead RFR’s overall competition efforts going forward. Kidd will assume the role of Competition Director, and Wheeler will serve as the team’s Operations Director.-RFR Nov 29 - 7:46 PM

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Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has formed a World of Outlaws Sprint car team along with Matt Wood.

Joey Saldana will drive the No. 17 next year and he brings sponsorship from Dennis Roth and his investment company. This team was originally conceived for Bryan Clauson who lost his life in last year’s Belleville (KS) Midget Nationals.
Nov 29 - 12:31 PM

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.’s last four attempts on short, flat tracks have been trending down from a high of 10th in New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s first race to a low of last (40th) at Martinsville Speedway.

In between, Stenhouse finished 18th at Richmond International Raceway and 24th in New Hampshire’s second race. He finished 37th in the first Phoenix International Raceway race of 2016, so it is difficult to recommend him going forward.
Nov 12 - 6:51 PM

In addition to driving the No. 17 Roush Performance Ford Fusion SS in Sunday's Sprint Cup Series Cup Can-Am 500(k) at Phoenix Int’l Raceway, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will pilot the No. 60 Ford Mustang in the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) Ticket Galaxy 200 on Saturday afternoon.

After winning back-to-back championships in the NXS in 2011 and 2012, Roush Fenway Racing’s Stenhouse Jr. returns to the series at Phoenix International Raceway (PIR). The two-time NXS champion has six career NXS starts at the one-mile track, earning three top-five and six top-10 finishes and completing every lap.-RFR
Nov 9 - 9:58 PM

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has been on a downward trajectory on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks this year.

His first attempt on this track type ended in a top-10 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. His next four results were 16th or better to give him a five-race average of 13.2. His last four attempts on this track produced one result in the teens, but an average of 26.0.
Nov 3 - 5:30 PM

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. wheel-hopped and crashed midway through the qualification session for the Goody's Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway.

With only one career top-15 on this track, Stenhouse was not highly favored in any event. Fantasy owners will want to avoid him completely as he will roll off from the back of the pack on a track where passing is very difficult.
Oct 28 - 4:50 PM

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. finished fifth in the Hellmann's 500 at Talladega SuperSpeedway.

This is the seventh time in his career that Stenhouse has recorded a top-five. Two of his previous top-fives came on the restrictor-plate, superspeedways with a third at Talladega in 2013 and a fifth at Daytona International Speedway in July 2016.
Oct 23 - 6:23 PM

After posting the sixth-fastest lap in practice for the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. hit the wall on his round one qualification lap.

Stenhouse did significant damage and was third-slowest at the time with nine cars under the clock. After practice, the track lost a lot of speed and Stenhouse was trying to compensate.
Oct 14 - 6:26 PM

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. posted the sixth-fastest lap of 193.903 mph in the first practice session for the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway.

That put him in elite company. The only other non-Chase contending driver among the top 10 was Hendrick Motorsports’ Alex Bowman. At issue is the fact that Stenhouse has qualified much better than he finished on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks this season. He started among the top 10 four times in eight attempts, but has only one top-10 finish to his credit.
Oct 14 - 5:55 PM

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. crashed on lap nine of the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway and lost his momentum on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks.

He was riding a five-race streak of results 16th or better on this track type entering the that race. In his next and most recent 1.5-mile attempt, he finished 25th at Chicagoland Speedway, so it is anyone’s guess as to whether he will rebound at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Oct 4 - 12:41 PM

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. spun while leaving the pits early in Saturday morning’s practice session for the Bad Boy Off Road 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. He spun into the racing groove, but did not collect another driver.

The track was cold and slick before very many cars got a lap in. Stenhouse should be fine once the asphalt takes some heat.
Sep 24 - 9:11 AM

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. should be considered a great dark horse this week at Chicagoland Speedway for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400. Before crashing at Kentucky on lap nine of 267, he scored five straight results of 10th through 16th on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks.

Most of these strong runs came as the result of solid qualification efforts, 16th or better. This week the roster has been set by owner points and Stenhouse rolls off the grid 23rd. If he practices well, he should be considered a great dark horse for a top-15 who will also earn at least eight place-differential points.
Sep 16 - 6:49 PM

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has scored only one top-10 on two-mile tracks at the Cup level during his career. The good news is that came earlier this season; the bad news is that it came at Auto Club Speedway.

Stenhouse’s average finish on this track type is 21st and Stenhouse has finished below that mark in his last three Michigan International Speedway starts. Fantasy owners should look elsewhere for this week’s Pure Michigan 400 dark horse.
Aug 26 - 1:10 PM

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. came up one position shy of winning the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway, which would have locked him into the Chase. Still, his runner-up finish was the second time in his career that he finished second on this track. Stenhouse finished second to Carl Edwards in spring 2014.

Stenhouse followed race winner Kevin Harvick from the back of the pack. Stenhouse qualified 25th with Harvick in 24th on the grid. Stenhouse’s path to the front was much more adventurous because he lost two laps during the afternoon. For the second straight race, Bristol turned into a dark horse affair with Stenhouse, Chris Buescher, and AJ Allmendinger all scoring top-10s.
Aug 21 - 7:58 PM

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. failed to advance to the second round of qualification for the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway. His lap of 128.279 mph was good enough for only 25th.

Stenhouse was one of this week’s top dark horses based on his performance in April in the Food City 500. He will earn positive place-differential points this week, but will struggle to finish in the top 10. Fantasy owners might want to look elsewhere for their sleeper.
Aug 19 - 6:16 PM