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Team: Roush Fenway Racing-17
Age / DOB:  (26) / 10/2/1987

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New Hampshire was host to the most top-15 streaks in 2012 with 13; last year there were 11 top-15 streaks, so Ricky Stenhouse Jr.’s ninth-place finish in the Camping World RV Sales 301 is a good indication that he will score at least a top-15 in the Sylvania 300.
Stenhouse’s top-10 in the summer race is also the third time he has posted a career-best finish on this track in three races. He is trending up and that is good news for fantasy owners. Sep 19 - 12:50 PM

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One week after being a part of Roush-Fenway Racing’s sweep of the top 10 at Bristol, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. hopes to help them sweep the top 15 at Atlanta. That would be his first such finish, but he missed last year by only one position—finishing 16th.

RFR has been improving in recent weeks, and while it is too soon to say they are out of the woods, they could be expected to run well on a track that has been traditionally kind. Watch Stenhouse closely in practice and qualification.
Aug 27 - 5:59 PM

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.

Last year Stenhouse finished 16th and 18th in Bristol’s two races and may have been flying under the radar screen at the start of 2014. Notably, all four of his Bristol efforts began in the 20s and all of them show an improvement in position from his gridding.
Aug 24 - 4:41 PM

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’.

Roush Fenway Racing announced that long-time partner Fastenal will serve as the anchor partner on the No. 17 Ford in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) for a multi-year agreement beginning next season. Fastenal first joined with Roush Fenway in 2010 and has served as a primary partner for multiple Roush Fenway teams and drivers in both the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) and NSCS.-Roush Fenway Racing
Aug 23 - 3:48 PM

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.

Stenhouse showed consistency at Bristol last year, but he was still a bit of a surprise this spring when he finished second behind teammate Carl Edwards in the Food City 500. He served notice on Friday that he will not sneak up on anyone this weekend.
Aug 22 - 2:28 PM

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.

Accidents can completely stall momentum, but if Stenhouse rebounds this week fantasy players may consider starting him at Richmond.
Aug 21 - 1:43 PM

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.

The accident at Michigan happened on lap six, so this car never got a chance to show any speed. Stenhouse is not particularly strong on flat tracks and it will be difficult to place the No. 17 on one’s roster.
Source: Jayski.com
Aug 1 - 9:05 PM

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.

Stenhouse may still be of value to fantasy players, however, because he finished 15th at Pocono this June. If he can back that up, he will be worth the modest amount he commands in most salary cap games.
Jul 31 - 2:43 PM

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.

Fastenal first joined with RFR in 2010 and has served as a primary partner for multiple Roush Fenway teams and drivers in both the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) and NSCS. Fastenal is currently in its third season as a primary partner on the No. 99 NSCS entry driven by Carl Edwards (who will be leaving RFR at the end of 2014), and was the primary partner on the No. 60 NNS team that captured the owner’s championship in 2011. Fastenal has also served in a limited role as a primary partner for the No. 16 and No. 17 NSCS teams the past two seasons.-Roush Fenway Racing
Jul 28 - 8:39 AM

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will race chassis RK-899 this week at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It was last used at Charlotte in May.

Stenhouse finished only 26th in the Coke 600 and was never in contention for a good finish. In the 400 laps that made the distance that evening, he slipped into the top 15 for only a single circuit.
Source: Jayski.com
Jul 26 - 8:40 AM

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.

Last week’s ninth-place finish on the flat New Hampshire Motor Speedway was only his second top-10 on an unrestricted oval this season so it is unlikely that he will finish that well again. With some luck he could finish in the top 15, however, and that could make him a decent value under the right circumstances.
Jul 25 - 12:11 PM

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.

On the other hand, Stenhouse has qualified among the top 20 only three times, so there is not a lot of data to study when he rolls off the grid with the leaders. If this team can work out their problems in time trials—and if Roush-Fenway Racing can gain some of the horsepower displayed by their Ford colleagues at Penske Racing—Stenhouse will like be a better value later in the year on unrestricted, intermediate speedways.
Jul 17 - 8:43 PM

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.

Roush-Fenway Racing is not known for their strength on short, flat tracks, but Stenhouse hovered around the 10th-place mark for much of the final segment of the race. In the closing laps, he managed to pass the Hendrick Motorsports teammates Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kasey Kahne, which should put him on fantasy players’ radar screens the next time the series rolls into New Hampshire.
Jul 13 - 7:15 PM

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.

Stenhouse will be difficult to handicap this week because of inconsistent performances on this track type last year as well as in 2014. He scored a 10th at Richmond and a 12th at Phoenix in 2013, but had several results outside the top 20 that will minimize his appeal.
Jul 10 - 5:46 PM

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.

The Car: Chassis RK-877 is the same chassis that the No. 17 team raced at Richmond when Stenhouse Jr. was running lap times faster than the leader before suffering a blown right front tire on his No. 17 Ford, forcing the 2013 Rookie of the Year to settle for a 38th-place finish.-Roush Fenway Racing
Jul 9 - 3:20 PM