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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. 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

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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

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. suffered through three consecutive flat tracks races at Martinsville Speedway, Phoenix International Raceway last fall, and on that same track this spring with crash damage. His fenders were intact this spring at Martinsville, but he managed to finish only 32nd—six laps off the pace. Finally in the Toyota Owners 400 this April, he went the distance and turned his fortune around.

There was minimal attrition at Richmond International Raceway, so Stenhouse finished only 26th. He was much better at Pocono this June, however; he finished 15th and earned 10 place-differential points to go along with his top-15 result.
Jul 16 - 10:42 AM

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. finished fifth in the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway, which was the first time this season that Roush-Fenway Racing placed two drivers in the top five. Trevor Bayne finished third.

In fact, they have not been able to place two drivers in the top 10 previous to this week. Stenhouse had top-10s at Atlanta Motor Speedway and Auto Club Speedway. Bayne was top 10 at Bristol Motor Speedway, Talladega SuperSpeedway, and Dover International Speedway. Prior to tonight, Greg Biffle had not scored a top-10, but he also had a solid run in eighth.
Jul 2 - 11:40 PM

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. posted a lap of 192.320 mph in the final round of qualification for the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway and will line up fourth on the grid—his career best start on this track.

Stenhouse has one previous top-10 finish at Daytona, but that came after he started 34th on the grid. He also has a previous top-10 start that ended in an 11th in this race in 2013.
Jul 1 - 6:19 PM

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has one of the five worst place-differentials with an average loss of nearly six positions each week. This has been a consistent pattern, with all but four of his first 15 races this season ending worse than it started.

Stenhouse has earned 10 results of 16th or better, which has ameliorated the damage some. His average finish of 18.5 makes him marginally attractive in games that only offer points for finishing results, but when one factors in his negative place-differential, it is a net result equivalent to an average finish of 24.4.
Jun 15 - 4:11 PM

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. fell more than 10 positions in the final few minutes of the first round of qualification for the Axalta We Paint Winners 400 at Pocono Raceway. He tried to roll out for a second attempt, but failed to make it to the green flag in time to post a last-minute lap.

Stenhouse will roll off the grid 25th with a speed of 177.267 mph. With almost no practice earlier in the day, drivers did not know if their second lap would be faster. The good news is that Pocono is a long track and drivers almost never lose a lap to the leaders. Stenhouse has time to climb into the top 15.
Jun 3 - 4:59 PM

Roush Fenway Racing (RFR) has secured a multi-year partnership extension with primary partner the Fastenal Company that will continue Fastenal’s position as the anchor partner of the No. 17 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team and driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

As part of the extension, Fastenal will also increase the number of its primary races in 2017 and beyond. Fastenal is currently in its fifth season as a primary partner in Roush Fenway’s Sprint Cup stable, and its second full season as the anchor partner on Stenhouse’s No. 17 Ford Fusion.-RFR
May 25 - 10:08 AM

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has appeared to be on the cusp of improving in his last three NASCAR Cup starts. He qualified in the top 10 at Talladega SuperSpeedway, Kansas Speedway, and Dover International Speedway, then ran well, but slipped in the closing laps. Still, he finished with a worst of 16th in those events.

In fact, Stenhouse has finished in the top 16 in five of his last six races. At his cap level, he has been one of the better values most weeks and is leading the charge among Roush-Fenway Racing in terms of raw Fantasy Power Rankings.
May 21 - 3:25 PM

Last fall Ricky Stenhouse Jr. scored the first Dover International Speedway top-10 of his career after starting the AAA 400 in 27th. It was also only the second time in his career that he finished on the same lap with the leaders on this track.

Stenhouse qualified ninth for the spring race on this course, however, and sustained crash damage. He finished 37th that afternoon and cost fantasy players a lot of place-differential points, but if he stays out of trouble this week, he will be a decent value in cap games.
May 14 - 12:10 AM

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

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