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Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

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

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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

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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

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. spun in the final minutes of practice for the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway, but managed to keep his Ford off the wall.

Stenhouse followed his teammate Greg Biffle into the spin cycle. All Roush-Fenway Racing finished strong this spring and are trying to sweep the season. A lot has changed in the past four months.
Aug 19 - 1:58 PM

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has been considered one of the top dark horses in pre-race coverage, but was not able to back that up in the first practice session. His time of 123.043 mph was only 28th on the average speed chart.

Worse still, only 33 drivers went that far, which is the equivalent of 33rd if all 40 had posted at least 10 laps. The good news is that he had some strong company at the back of the pack with Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon behind him on the average speed chart.
Aug 19 - 1:19 PM

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has sustained some crash damage in eight of his 22 attempts this year, which equates to 36 percent of the time.

Most of Stenhouse’s accidents came in a span of six races from the April Texas Motor Speedway Duck Commander 500 though May’s Dover International Speedway AAA 400. He was involved in at least six separate incidents in those six weeks, but often managed to keep his car together and finish in the top 20. Notably, one of his worst finishes in that span was a 26th at Richmond International Raceway when he avoided contact.
Aug 10 - 7:09 PM

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. enters the Pennsylvania 400 at Pocono Raceway with three straight top-15s on NASCAR’s minimally-banked courses. He finished 15th in the Axalta 400 on this track, 10th at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, and was 12th last week at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

To earn his 15th at Pocono this June, Stenhouse had to overcome a 25th-place qualification effort. This week, he lines up 14th and without the potential for some place-differential points he might not be as great a value. He should be used only if he fits a final niche on one’s roster.
Jul 30 - 4:10 PM

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has gotten progressively better in five flat track starts this year. He started the season 37th at Phoenix International Raceway in the Good Sam 500, improved to 32nd at Martinsville Speedway, 26th at Richmond International Raceway, broke into the top 15 at Pocono (15th), and was 10th at New Hampshire Motor Speedway last week.

There is still some room to advance, but even another solid top-15 would make him a decent value in the Crown Royal Combat Wounded Coalition 400 at the Brickyard.
Jul 23 - 1:44 PM

At the beginning of the week, Rotoworld’s coverage suggested Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and the entire Roush-Fenway Racing organization would make good dark horses. The No. 17 finished 10th, following teammate Greg Biffle into the top 10.

Trevor Bayne had one of the strongest records at New Hampshire Motor Speedway based on laps spent with the leaders, but he finished only 23rd. Still, he was on the lead lap and that is a respectable result.
Jul 17 - 8:30 PM