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

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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. Oct 4 - 8:44 PM

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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.
Oct 2 - 4:01 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
Aug 19 - 4:56 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.
Jun 13 - 9:52 AM

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. posted the fastest single lap in the first practice session for the Geico 500. His top speed was 200.780 mph.

Fastest laps at Talladega are recorded in the draft and are not generally indicative of strength or the lack thereof. Topping 200 mph was notable accomplishment, however.
May 1 - 2:59 PM

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. finished 20th in his first plate race in 2012. That result came in the Daytona 500 and he waited until his rookie season to make a second start on this track type. His next six plate races all ended in top-15s until an accident in the 2014 Coke Zero 400 put him off course.

Stenhouse then failed to qualify at Talladega SuperSpeedway under the knockout-style format and sustained crash damage in this year’s Daytona 500 before finishing 29th. If he can correct his course, he should be on track to score another top-15.
May 1 - 11:56 AM

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. survived several incidents early and kept his nose clean late to finish fourth in the Food City 500. It was his third straight top-10 finish after recording a second last spring and sixth last fall.

Stenhouse went unnoticed by most fantasy owners after he struggled a little in Bristol practice, but those who kept the faith were rewarded. He will be front of mind when this bullring rolls around again.
Apr 19 - 10:52 PM

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has been remarkably strong at Bristol in his four previous attempts. He swept the top 20 as a rookie and the top 10 as a sophomore.

Stenhouse came within one position of winning last spring’s Food City 500; he was forced to settle for second after starting 21st. He also started 21st in the fall and finished sixth. All four of his previous attempts on this track ended in results better than his starts.
Apr 17 - 8:58 AM

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. finished 23rd in last fall’s AAA Texas 500, but what made it notable is that he finally completed all the laps of competition on this track for the first time in four starts.

Paradoxically it was not his best finish, however. Stenhouse crossed under the checkers 16th in fall 2013 after falling two laps off the pace. In order to earn a top-20 this week, he will almost certainly need to finish on the same lap as the leaders.
Apr 10 - 2:23 PM

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. entered the STP 500 with back-to-back top-15s at Phoenix and Auto Club, but crash damage relegated him to 40th on the short track of Martinsville.

Roush-Fenway Racing has been struggling most of the season, but they are beginning to show some signs of recovery. Stenhouse was not expected to lead their charge, but if he can return to the top 15 in his next couple of starts he will become fantasy relevant.
Apr 3 - 9:57 PM

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has been running at the end of every Martinsville race he started, but in his first three attempts he failed to finish on the lead lap. Last fall, he finally went the complete distance and finished 15th.

Stenhouse still has some room to improve, so he should be considered a decent value in most fantasy games. Another mid-teens finish makes him worthy of a start, but puts him in heavy competition with several others at his level.
Mar 27 - 11:57 AM

In two previous attempts at Auto Club Speedway, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has an average start of 26.5. This Sunday, he will roll off the grid 27th for the Auto Club 400.

Stenhouse’s average finish in those two races is also 27th with a best of 20th in 2013 and a worst of 34th. If he maintains that average, he will not be very useful for fantasy owners.
Mar 21 - 10:21 AM

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has not yet scored a top-10 at Phoenix and he has only one top-15 in four starts, but in the right circumstances he could be a good value. His worst result on this course was an 18th in last spring’s edition of this race.

Stenhouse has finished on the lead lap in every one of his starts and more importantly, he finished better than he qualified in the last three races. He will line up 14th on Sunday and could be a great value if he keeps that trend alive.
Mar 14 - 12:21 AM

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will concentrate on finishing better than 20th this week at Atlanta. In 22 previous starts on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks, he has finished worse than he qualified in nearly 75 percent of his attempts.

In his two previous Atlanta starts, he has fared better. Stenhouse won the pole in 2013 and finished a more-than-respectable 16th. Last year, he improved from 26th to 20th and that grid position might have been a more likely result in qualification this week if not for the large number of cars that failed to clear inspection.
Feb 27 - 10:09 PM

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. posted the fastest single lap in the first open session of practice for qualification and the Gatorade Duels. His top speed was 202.643 mph.

That eclipsed Kurt Busch’s previous fast speed set in Sprint Unlimited practice, but there were twice as many cars on the track and more opportunities for groups to catch groups in the draft. Ten drivers eclipsed the 200 mph mark.
Feb 14 - 1:28 PM