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Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Team: Roush Fenway Racing-17
Age / DOB:  (28) / 10/2/1987

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Ricky Stenhouse Jr. knew exactly what iconic No. 17 car he wanted to race in this year’s Southern 500 Throwback Weekend at Darlington Raceway. It had to be the orange and white No. 17 that Darrell Waltrip drove to his first win in 1975.
"Darrell Waltrip is one of the icons in our sport and has helped build NASCAR into the sport it is today," said Stenhouse. "It is a huge honor to be able to run the 1975 throwback paint scheme of Darrell’s at Darlington. Darrell’s last win was at Darlington so only seems fitting that we get his throwback paint scheme in victory lane on Labor Day weekend and have Darrell celebrate with us." Waltrip was 28 years old when he put the field two laps down in his orange and blue No. 17 on his way to victory lane at Nashville Speedway. He would go on to win a total of 84 Sprint Cup Series races and three Championships throughout a career that spanned three decades. Apr 12 - 11:57 AM

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Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has been the most consistent driver for Roush-Fenway Racing this season with one top-five, another top-10, and a top-15 in five starts.

If not for an accident at Phoenix International Raceway after melting a bead on his tire, Stenhouse would probably have an average finish in the low-teens. Roush has been struggling for the past couple of years, so Stenhouse has been easy to overlook. Fantasy owners need to rectify that in the coming weeks.
Apr 1 - 1:16 PM

In a photo finish, Ricky Stenhouse Jr nipped Chase Elliott at the end of the Auto Club 400 to finish fifth.

This was Stenhouse’s first top-five in 33 races. His most recent one came at Bristol last spring and since then he has had only three top-10s to his credit. Fantasy owners can be forgiven if they left him in the garage.
Mar 20 - 7:15 PM

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (#17 Fastenal Ford Fusion) has three-career Sprint Cup starts at Las Vegas with an average starting position of 14.7 and average finishing position of 24.7.

In 2012, Stenhouse Jr. cleared veteran Mark Martin with 54 laps remaining and built a six-second lead going on to claim his first victory of the 2012 NASCAR XFINITY season and his third XFINITY career win. He has a total combined (XFINITY and Sprint Cup) six starts at Las Vegas with an average starting position of 10.0. Stenhouse Jr. scored his first top-10 finish of the season last weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway and is currently 13th in the point standings.-Roush Fenway Racing
Mar 1 - 8:01 PM

Saturday night's exhibition race at Daytona International Speedway will mark Ricky Stenhouse Jr.’s third career start in the Sprint Unlimited.

Despite the damage to his Fastenal Ford that was obtained in a 14 car pile-up on lap 45 in last season's Sprint Unlimited, Stenhouse was working his way up through the field before cutting a tire sending him into the outside wall resulting in a 16th-place finish. The two-time XFINITY champion has 13 career starts at DIS. He has seven in Sprint Cup with an average finishing position of 19.9 and best career finish of seventh in the 2014 Daytona 500.-Roush Fenway Racing
Feb 10 - 8:43 PM

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has finished better than he started in all but two of his 12 starts on restrictor-plate, superspeedways. The two races in which he failed to finish better than he started both came at Daytona.

Stenhouse faded from 16th to 41st in the 2014 Coke Zero 400, but that was because he sustained crash damage. He also slipped two positions in the 2013 edition of that race after getting involved in a last-lap crash.
Feb 10 - 4:19 PM

Going into his fourth season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS), Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will have the same crew chief, Nick Sandler. They scored one top-five and three top-10 finishes in the 2015 NSCS season.

Said Stenhouse: "This is the first year that I will have the same crew chief on the box which I think is really important. Nick and I worked really well together last year and I think our team will continue to grow this year." The new aero package for the 2016 season is one that Stenhouse likes. The teams tested this package last year in Kentucky and Darlington where the 2013 NSCS Rookie of the Year had two solid performances.-Roush Fenway Racing
Feb 4 - 4:57 PM

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. improved as the 2015 season progressed. He scored only three top-10s during the year, but two of these came during the final 10 races of the season and he finished on the lead lap in half of those events.

Stenhouse’s percentage for finishing on the lead lap during the regular season was only about 38 percent as the Roush-Fenway Racing organization suffered through a rebuilding year. They should be able to rebound slightly in 2016, but fantasy owners will probably wish to wait until the season is well underway before committing resources to the No. 17.
Wed, Dec 9, 2015 05:51:00 PM

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (#17 Fastenal Chevrolet SS) finished 22nd in the November 22nd NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season-ending Ford EcoBoost 400 at Florida's Homestead-Miami Speedway.

The Roush Fenway Racing driver started 16th in the lineup and completed 266 laps of the 267-lap event. Stenhouse, who competed in all of the season's 36 races, scored one top-five, three top-10s and closed out the season 25th in the final 2015 Sprint Cup Series driver championship standings.
Wed, Nov 25, 2015 10:45:00 AM

The accident that effectively ended last week’s Quicken Loans 500 at Phoenix International Raceway claimed Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and ended a 13-race streak of events in which he was running at the end. He was credited with 41st.

During that streak of races in which he was running at the end, Stenhouse scored two top-10s and was on his way to being a consistently good fantasy value. He finished eighth at Dover International Speedway and ninth at Talladega SuperSpeedway, which was part of a five-race string of races for which he completed all the laps.
Thu, Nov 19, 2015 05:20:00 PM

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has one perfect record at Talladega SuperSpeedway. In five starts, he has finished better than he qualified every time. This week in the 500 he advanced from 17th to ninth at the checkers.

That is also Stenhouse’s third top-10 and fourth top-15 in those races. He is often overlooked, but should be on fantasy owners radar screens with the series returns to the plate tracks in 2016.
Sun, Oct 25, 2015 09:32:00 PM

Ricky Stenhouse Jr finished eighth in the AAA 400 at Dover and earned his second top-10 of the season. His other top-10 came on the high-banked short track of Bristol Motor Speedway, which is sometimes considered a sister track to Dover.

Stenhouse’s next best opportunity to score a top-15 will probably come at Phoenix International Raceway in the next-to-last race because two of his better efforts came on that track this spring and New Hampshire Motor Speedway last week.
Sun, Oct 4, 2015 08:44:00 PM

If Ricky Stenhouse Jr. can avoid crash damage this week at Dover International Speedway, he should record a top-20 finish. His last three efforts on this high-banked track were marked by crash damage, with two sub-35th-place finishes as a result.

Stenhouse also managed to hang on to a 19th-place finish last fall and his first three attempts were between 12th and 17th. Stenhouse is worth the risk in most fantasy games and should record positive place-differential points after starting 27th.
Fri, Oct 2, 2015 04:01:00 PM

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will make his 100th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) start this weekend at Bristol, a track where he has seen success scoring two top-five and three top-10 finishes in his last three starts.

In March of 2014, with less than 80 laps remaining, the Olive Branch, Miss. native restarted fourth and steadily marched his way up through the field, setting his sights on teammate Carl Edwards who was leading the 500-lap race. After an unexpected caution came with two laps remaining followed by a rain shower, Stenhouse settled for a second-place finish; his best career NSCS finish.-Roush Fenway Racing
Wed, Aug 19, 2015 04:56:00 PM

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will start 33rd for the Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday. This will be his second start from the 30s in five attempts.

Stenhouse also struggled in this race last year and could only manage to improve to 27th. Roush-Fenway Racing has been traditionally strong at Michigan, but this has not been a typical year.
Sat, Jun 13, 2015 09:52:00 AM